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Give Thanks for Ministers of the Word

Devotions

Every week, believers across the globe gather to worship the Lord Jesus Christ. Do you have this opportunity today? We may not always appreciate how much planning, preparation, and time go into our weekly church services. This is one more reason to come to the house of the Lord with a spirit of thankfulness.

Our Scripture today reminds us that we are to worship the Lord with joy and give thanks for His goodness and faithfulness. Did you notice that verses 1 to 3 focus on our worship, while verses 4 and 5 focus on giving thanks to the Lord? The Psalmist reminds us to enter the Lord’s places of worship with both thanksgiving and praise.

Our focus this month is on giving thanks to the Lord. Let’s remember to thank Him for the ministers of God’s Word who weekly serve the flock. We are the Lord’s people and His sheep (v. 3); the Lord is our Great Shepherd (Ps. 23:1). And He has called many to a special ministry of caring for His people. As you enter into the Lord’s gates today (v. 4), remember those who serve the church by cleaning the building, preparing sermons, practicing music, or greeting those who enter. Psalm 100 reminds us that the Lord’s faithfulness continues through all generations (v. 5). Thank the Lord for ministers of the Word who pass down the knowledge and truths of God’s faithfulness to the next generation.

Around the world—in prisons, refugee camps, hospitals, battlefields, schools, and sanctuaries—ministers of God’s Word serve God’s people. Thank the Lord for these shepherds of the flock.

Apply the Word

Find a way to thank a minister of God’s Word today, whether it is a preacher, teacher, greeter, musician, or volunteer. Thank them for their service in the kingdom. One way you can show your appreciation is to volunteer to work alongside them. The Lord will see your service, and you will be a blessing to many.

Pray with Us

Our Stewardship department witnesses God’s faithfulness every day. As they reach out to our donors, they thank God for their generosity and His provision for Moody. They ask you to pray that God will grant them peace, safety in travels, and the spirit of teamwork.

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini serves as associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. While currently on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Texas.

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