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The Bible talks about true and proper worship. It says in Romans 12:1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." Our lips are part of our human body and so it means that the voices of thanksgiving and celebration proceeding from our lips are a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.

Reference: Jeremiah 30:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) "From them will come a song of thanksgiving. And the voices of those who celebrate; And I will multiply them and they will not decrease; I will honor them and they will not be insignificant."

When you present a song of thanksgiving to God through your lips, you must be sincerely thankful from your heart. To be thankful comes from the Greek word, "eucharistos" which suggests gratitude; it is being active with grateful language to God, as an act of worship. Songs of thanksgiving are songs with lyrics specifically composed to magnify, glorify and exalt God with sincerity of heart. They are set of uplifting and gracious words and phrases, indelibly woven into fabric of melody that is musically satisfying to God. They are words of gratitude in melodic and rhythmic patterns, which bring forth God's glory.

Another main thing God takes note of is the voices of those who celebrate Him. Voice is very important to God because it is one of the media through which He recognises us. It is also the means through which other humans identify us. Your voice is the very trademark of your lips. It is the utterances of your spoken language which transmit, not only your message, but also your accent and tone of expression. When its used as a voice of thanksgiving and celebration, God recognises it from heaven. 1 Corinthians 14:10 says, "There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification" (KJV). So your voice of thanksgiving matters in heaven.

Although in the context of our referenced Scripture, the Bible was referring to Jacob's tents and dwelling places, God is teaching us the wisdom and intelligence of thanksgiving which proceed from us and from our attitude of celebrating His goodness and also the blessing that comes with the expressions. When we are mindful of celebrating the goodness of God with our voices, God will always multiply us such that nothing about us will decrease. He will always honour us and we will not be insignificant. God is so gracious and He abounds in steadfast love and faithfulness. However He requires our voice on earth to praise the quality of His merciful steadfast love, because we have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory! (Ephesians 1:12 AMPC).

As you form the habit of giving thanks to God, you must be expectant and acknowledge the blessing of increase and multiplication. In other words, you are not going to remain the same over time. Therefore, you must acknowledge the blessing of addition because God said so. He said, "And I will multiply them and they will not decrease; I will honor them and they will not be insignificant." He will esteem you highly; that is His reaction to your action. 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV) says, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." Beloved, you have been called to proclaim God's praises through your voice of thanksgiving and celebration. Shalom!

Scripture Reading - 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 103:1-4; Philippians 4:4-7; Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

Guided prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I am forever grateful that I'm a chosen race and a royal priesthood called to be a true partaker of Christ's blessings of increase. I approach your throne room daily with special thank-offering from my lips, which is a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to you. I'm truly thankful for your goodness and mercies on a regular basis and I express the substance of this revelation in my Christian life in Jesus' Name, Amen!

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