“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:12 ESV
In the Westminster Shorter Catechism, question one states, “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” Glorifying means feeling, thinking, and acting in ways that reflect God’s greatness and mightiness—it gives evidence of the supremacy of his attributes and the wonders of his astounding nature. Growing up I believed God should only get glory when my life was peachy and perfect…I would thank him for my blessings and happiness, only to find myself neglecting him in times of sadness and normal every day life. How do we come to the point where glorifying God is natural and desired?
Glorifying God is the ultimate, absolute, outright reason for being everything we are and doing everything we do. Once we grasp how God’s grace is the only thing sustaining us here on Earth, we won’t be able to contain our gratification for the only One who deserves our praise. God created this world for the praise and glory of his grace displayed supremely in the death of Jesus.
Sisters, I encourage you to take the exaltation away from yourself. When we exalt ourselves, it becomes the most unloving thing we could do because we distract people from the one Person who can truly make them happy forever…God. By turning our focus from ourselves onto God, his glory will be shone throughout our lives, and the promises of his Son will lie heavily on our hearts. As John Piper says, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
Heavenly father, you are worthy of all of my praise and more. Help me to glorify your name every hour and every day, even in moments of deep despair. I know you are the only one who can bring true happiness…let me be a light to others in my life, glorifying your name with no hesitation.
How can you glorify God in your everyday life? Let your actions be a light to others so they may know Him.