Monday, March 16, 2009

What Pleases God - Part 9

What Pleases God - Intro Post
What Pleases God - Part 1
What Pleases God - Part 2
What Pleases God - Part 3
What Pleases God - Part 4
What Pleases God - Part 4 - B
What Pleases God - Part 5
What Pleases God - Part 6
What Pleases God - Part 7
What Pleases God - Part 8

I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.
Psalm 69:30-31

When we PRAISE God and GLORIFY Him with our Thanksgiving... it is pleasing to Him!!!!

What struck me about these verse was how they were totally centered on Him! It didn't say, "thank God when things are going good. Tell Him how 'good' you feel because of all He's doing. Tell him how wonderful it is that He's doing all these things for you"

NO it says to praise HIM.... to glorify HIM in our thanksgiving.

In the times of sunshine, the times of clouds, AND the times of outright storms.

In the midst of our storms let us be praising Him!! We don't have to thank Him for the storm. I am not mature enough to thank Him for the storm in the midst of the storm (though sometimes I thank Him after it has passed).... but something I *can* do is PRAISE Him throughout the whole thing. I can lift up His name and tell Him I understand He's so so much bigger than what I see. I can tell Him that I believe in His promise that He will never leave nor forsake me. I can glorify Him in my thanksgiving that He will use all things for the good (Romans 8:28).

May we never forget the core message of the Bible -- GOD!! It is all about Him! He is to be praised!! To be glorifed! To be exalted!! God is pleased when we get this. He is pleased when we show Him we get it!

what is incredible to me and a beautiful twist on this whole thing --- is that when I give up focusing on myself and focus on glorifying His name & praising Him....... my heart is filled too. That's how much He loves us. He will pour into us as we pour into Him.

but... when we are too wrapped up in ourselves, not focusing on Him --- there is no room for Him to come in!

We have to "give up our lives" to truly get life.

We are to focus on Him. Pour out to Him. Desire to glorify Him.

God help me continue to get over myself... so there will be room for you to come in and fill me.


Allison said...

Hey Randi! When we praise God it not only pleases Him, but it pleases us as well, because we know it is right to do.

Toia said...

I agree with what said about taking focus off yourself!! When we are so full of self, there's no room for God and His presence to take up residence and do a work in our hearts.

God's word points out that we are not to have any other god before Him and that we cannot serve two masters.

And some people tend to put themselves high up on a pedestal. But when we deny self and decrease and let God increase in us, oh how sweet it is!!

Blessings to you and your family always!!