I was planned for God’s pleasure
From the lessons learnt by the previous days, I now know that my life matters and I was planned for His purpose. However today, the Lord is teaching me that I was planned for His pleasure. God didn’t need to create me, but He chose to create me for His own enjoyment. I exist for His benefit, His glory, His purpose and His delight. Therefore bringing enjoyment to God, living for His pleasure is the first purpose of my life. Understanding this, means I will never feel insignificant. As this proves my worth to Him, for I was that important to Him to be created for eternity. Ephesians 1 vs. 5 – He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with His pleasure and will.
By bringing pleasure to God this is a form of worship. Psalm 147 vs. 11 – the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their Hope in His unfailing Love. Anything I do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship not just music. I am made with the desire to worship God – John 4 vs. 23 – Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth – Worship is not for my benefit – this is why if I don’t render my worship to God, I tend to find something else to adore. And only God, the great I AM deserves the Glory.
I have found that when I worship, my goal is to bring pleasure to God, not myself. Isaiah 29 vs. 13 – These people come near to me with their mouth and honour me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
That I am not here to give Him half hearted and hypocritical worship – For God doesn’t like this kind of worship – such as stale prayers, insincere praise, empty words and man made rituals without even thinking about the meaning. For God’s heart is only touched by my passion and commitment.
That Worship is not PART of my life, it IS my life, and should be done continually – Psalm 105 vs. 4 – Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always – and from Daybreak till sunset – Psalm 113 vs. 3 – From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 119 vs. 147 – I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 5 vs. 3 – In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectations. Psalm 34 vs. 1 – I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.
That in everything I do, I must do it for the glory of God [1 Corinth. 10 vs. 31] and be in constant communication with Jesus. That the work that I do, when dedicated to God, should be performed with an awareness of His presence – Colossians 3 vs. 23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men.
Lessons Learnt on Day 8
Falling in Love with Jesus entails thinking about Him continuously continually every moment of my life. Therefore, I am now determined to make a conscious effort to praise and worship God in every area of my life continuously throughout my day.