“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.”
Why were we created? The answer is simpler then one might guess. According to the Bible we were created for several very important reasons.
1 - We were created to glorify God ... "I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever." - Psalm 86:12
2 - We were created to enjoy God ... As a result of our glorifying God, we find that we enjoy God and delight in knowing God. "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10 "In your [God's] presence there is fullness of joy, in Your [God's] right hand are pleasures for evermore." - Psalm 16:11
“In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” - C.S. Lewis
And God rejoices in us ... As a result of our glorifying God and enjoying Him, God in turn rejoices over us. "… so shall your God rejoice over you." - Isaiah 62:5 God "will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in His love; He will exalt over you with loud singing as on a day of festival." - Zephaniah 3:17-18
What does it mean to glorify God? It means to bring Him honor through what we say, how we act, and how we think. To glorify God means to acknowledge His glory and to value it above all things. To glorify God means we make it known to others. To glorify God means we have heartfelt gratitude for who he is and all he has done for us.
How do we glorify God? We glorify God through our faith (trust). We glorify God through our love. We glorify God through our desire to obey Him (our obedience). We glorify God through our desire to know Him. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
NOTE: The Living Translation and the New International Version are being used in this devotional.