We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Phil Woody.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.”Hebrews 13:15
Outside of God’s Word, one of the most profound sentences ever written is the answer to the first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “What is the chief end of man?” Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
What if the fulfillment of any activity or person, or moment wasn’t complete unless it ended with a celebration. Think about it. Have you ever watched an athlete do something incredible like a one handed catch over two defenders, or a CrossFit athlete destroying a work out in absolute beast mode fashion? Could you contain the shout of amazement as you experienced that moment as spectacular? Have you ever eaten the most amazing desert and not reacted with a uncountable sigh of satisfaction? Have you ever witnessed a sunset as your driving in the car and grabbed your phone because someone else had to see it?
What if “continual praise” was living in the awe and majesty of God that you just couldn’t contain? It had to be shared. It had to be declared. What if glorifying God was as simple as really enjoying him and letting the natural reaction of that enjoyment be praise and sharing? This is what the Christian life is. To see Jesus awesome glory in all things and just enjoy and share that enjoyment with him and others.
If this is the case, how much have you learned to enjoy Jesus. If we only knew how much grace and love he showers on us every moment of the day our mouths just might drop open in wonder.
Jesus, help us to enjoy you. Reveal the wonder of your majesty expressed all around us and teach us to enjoy you as you enjoy us. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
Today, look for Jesus everywhere and marvel at his wonder. Enjoy him by reflecting on all the blessings you are surrounded by. It may be in a relationship, in nature, in a sunrise, in a sunset, in a baby’s laugh or kind word or expression. Everywhere is his wonder. Look for it and allow the reaction to be praise. Enjoy him and let it be shown.
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