Monday, March 11, 2013

Definitions of Worship - Part 4

            Glorify the Lord.  We glorify the Lord with praise, singing, and thanksgiving.  We glorify Him with our ministry to Him. We glorify Him with our obedience. We glorify Him with a lifestyle that is sold out to the Kingdom of God.  “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (I Peter 2:12).  We are admonished in the Psalms to glorify the Lord together by exalting, praising and offering thanksgiving to Him. (Psalms 34:3, 69:30, 86:12). Jesus said we will bear much fruit and bring Glory to the Father by being His disciples… and it’s not just on Sundays. (John 15:8) .
            The word “glorify,” according to Webster is, “To make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, and admiration, or to elevate to celestial glory.”[1]  I propose that God allows us to glorify Him so that we may become adherents with a Higher Purpose; to have fellowship with the Almighty. As we worship Him in spirit and in truth, God reveals His glory to us.  In other words, as we glorify Him, He shows us more of His glory.  The serendipities of worshipping God are beyond our comprehension and will only be actualized when we see Him face to face.
            John Piper wrote, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.[2]  Our goal is to honor God with our lives that, “in all things He might be glorified.” (I Peter 4:11). 
            “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:3

[1] Encyclopedia Britannica Company, 2010.
[2] John Piper, John Piper Quotes, c. 1956, (accessed Aug 28, 2010).

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