The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/17/2009):

Thanksgiving and Song
There is a brief health update at the end of this message.
Stam conducts Rutter TE DEUM, Finzi MAGNIFICAT, & Faurι REQUIEM on November 17 I(TONIGHT!) n Louisville.
Registration is now open for the 2010 CALVIN SYMPOSIUM ON WORSHIP,
January 28-30, 2010, in Grand Rapids. Presenters include Jeremy Begbie, Marva Dawn, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Lester Ruth, John Witvliet, and many others.

Have you ever noticed how often the Bible links music and singing with giving thanks to God? Today’s WORSHIP QUOTE is a selection of Scripture passages that illustrate this strong biblical connection. I find this fascinating and helpful. This is not a complete list.


Ezra 3:11 — With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love to Israel endures forever.”

Nehemiah 12:27 — At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.

Nehemiah 12:31 — I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks.

2 Chronicles 5:13 — The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: "He is good; his love endures forever."

2 Chronicles 7:6 — The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD's musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, "His love endures forever."

Psalm 7:17 — I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

Psalm 28:7 — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm 30:11-12 — You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 69:30 — I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 95:2 — Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Psalm 147:7 — Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.

Isaiah 51:3 — The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Jeremiah 30:19 — From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing.

Jonah 2:9 — But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD.”

Ephesians 5:19-20 — Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:15-17 — Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

[Here are some other wonderful WORSHIP QUOTES for a time of Thanksgiving.]
Dallas Willard —
Craig Barnes —
C. S. Lewis —
Various Authors —
Townend & Getty —
John Stott —
Psalm 100 (Watts) —
Thanksgiving in the Scriptures —

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Dear Praying Friends,

Journal entries and photos about my cancer journey are available at (click on "journal" or "photos").

My PET scan is on November 18 (tomorrow), and we will see the doctor for the follow-up visit on Tuesday, November 24. Remember that this test is to check on the two mystery spots that were detected in the September PET scan. Thanks for your friendship, interest, and faithful prayers to our great God and Savior. The waiting is not easy, especially when I am not feeling well.

In His constant care,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Ministries
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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