5. I Was Born to Praise the Lord
I was born to praise Him! Everyone has an innate sense of God. Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky which clearly point to the eternal power of God (Romans 1:19-20). I was born with this wonder inside of me. Then as I grew and experienced the beautifully intricate nature of my complex body, I saw such marvelous workmanship that had to have come from a great Creator (Psalm 139:13-14).
There is a hole in my heart that only God can fill. As Blaise Pascal put it:
What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.
I have searched for people, places, and things to bring me happiness. Although those things may be good, they can’t bring me true, lasting happiness. Happiness based on externals fades over time.
But God wants me to have more than just happiness in good circumstances. He wants me to have eternal joy that never fades. This joy is inexpressible and glorious and continues even in the midst of the various trials of life. It’s a supernatural knowing that God is with me through it all. When I look to God all my life, I will be radiant with joy, with no shame darkening my face (Psalm 34:5). Yes, joyful am I when God is my Lord (Psalm 144:15).
I will praise the Lord because I can’t not praise Him.
Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. For his unfailing love for us is powerful; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the Lord! ~ Psalm 117
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. ~ Psalm 34:3
I may be in the middle of the trials and tribulations of this imperfect life, but I have read the end of the story. I know that one day perfection will be restored because sin will be no more. I will see His face and there will be no more night. The Lord God will be my Light and He will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22). Knowing the end of the story makes it even easier to praise God.
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