Your life, His delight.
The moment you came into existence, God had a smile upon his face. He wanted you alive and for such a time as this. He didn’t need to create you but chose to create you.
“God delights in his people.”Psalm 149:4 MSG
We are looking at purpose, the reason for our life. An aspect of this purpose is that our lives bring pleasure to our creator. We are to live for his pleasure. Knowing that God values us so much that he wants to spend eternity with us should highlight how significant we are.
“You are a child of God and you bring pleasure to God like nothing else he has ever created.”Rick Warren
One of the greatest gifts that God created us with is our ability to experience pleasure. We have senses and emotions which enable us to enjoy life. God wants us to enjoy life. We have these abilities because we are created in God’s image. God feels things too.
Bringing God pleasure is called “worship.”
God’s love for us is sure and constant. Does that mean he is always pleased with us? God is always for us. Does that mean we always live with his blessing?
So, how do we please God? Our default is to straight away go to the actions and behaviours of our life and to assess whether they are good enough to please God. We have a tendency toward performance across society and we bring this into our dynamic with God.
Yet, there is only one thing about our life that will please God. Do you know what it is?
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.”Heb 11:6 MSG
Worship and faith go hand in hand. Faith is worship because worship is trusting God in every aspect of your life.
Worship is more than music. The great tragedy is when followers of Jesus and church goers minimise worship to just music. Music is wonderful, it’s powerful, it’s uniting, it’s a beautiful way of expressing worship but it’s just one way, not all of the way and certainly not the only way.
Worship is not for our benefit. To worship is to bring pleasure to God as a priority.
Worship is not part of our life, it is our life. People of the Bible offered their lives as worship. We have the opportunity to take all of our life, our eating, sleeping, going to work, highs and lows, and offer it to God in faith. This is worship and this pleases God.
Do everything as if you were doing it for God.
Remember: You bring God delight.
Key Bible verse: “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” Psa 149:4 NIV
Pray: Father, have all of my life. The good, the bad and everything in between.