YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE
Day 8: Planned for God’s pleasure
“You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth. He wanted you alive, and your arrival gave him great pleasure.
Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose of your life.
One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He wired you with five senses and emotions so you can experience it. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it. The reason you are able to enjoy pleasure is that God made you in his image.
—Bringing pleasure to God is called “worship”: The Bible says, “The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love.” (Psalm 147:11)
Anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. Worship is a lifestyle.
—Worship is far more than music: Every part of a church service is an act of worship: praying, Scripture reading, singing, confession, silence, being still, listening to a sermon, taking notes, giving an offering, baptism, communion, signing a commitment card, and even greeting other worshipers.
Worship has nothing to do with the style or volume or speed of a song. God loves all kinds of music because he invented it all – fast and slow, loud and soft, old and new. You probably don’t like it all, but God does! If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship.
— Worship is not for your benefit: We worship for God’s pleasure. When we worship, our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves.
If you have ever said, “I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” you worshiped for the wrong person. We don’t worship to please ourselves. Our motive is to bring glory and pleasure to our Creator. God’s heart is not touched by tradition in worship, but by passion and commitment.
—Worship is not a part of your life; it is your life: Worship is not just for church service. We are told to “worship him continually” and to “praise him for sunrise to sunset”.
How is it possible to do everything to the glory of God? By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continual conversation with him while you do it.
——-( Summarized from Purpose driven life writen by Rick Warren) ——