» Referring to the C. S. Lewis quote above, in what ways are you too easily pleased, rather than reaching for more?
» Finish this sentence: Lord, I rejoice in you today because...
» Have you had times where success, money, or popularity failed to deliver what you thought they might? What is that hole these things cannot fill?
» Today, every time you touch your keys or stick your hand into your pocket, let it be a trigger to praise God for how good He is. Do that all day today.
» Practice the memory verse.
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when in nite joy is offered us. We are like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
- C. S. Lewis SCRIPTURE
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
- Philippians 4:4
The Westminster Catechism states that, “the chief end of man is to know God and enjoy Him forever.” God made us in His image, to freely share His glory with us. As image-bearers, we were made to relish in God - to delight in Him and celebrate Him “with joy inexpressible and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8) This joy is the natural outcome of a new life in Christ, and with it also comes gratitude, praise, and glory to God.
The world rings with praise. Men praise their spouses, fans praise their favorite player, hikers praise the wilderness, singers praise their favorite song. Man was made to praise, and no matter how far he finds himself from God, it remains evident that he was designed with that in mind. Just as men praise what they value, they urge us to join along in praise as well. “Isn’t she lovely?” “Wasn’t that awesome?” “Isn’t that guy amazing?”
When the Psalmist urges us to join along with him in praising his glorious God, he is doing what we all do. He is prompting us to praise the God who does all things well and whose nature is observed throughout creation. This is exactly how we glorify God - by declaring our great love for Him and the incredible value He has added to our lives, and by helping others to praise Him too.
You can achieve all of your earthly dreams, experience every adventure you ever imagined, and be the object of everyone’s admiration, but if your life fails to glorify God, you will lack the stable foundation upon which all of life is designed to be built. Without that foundation you will feel unsafe, awkward, and vulnerable. This is a life that is lived in pursuit of the praise of man, rather than of the praise of God. Save yourself the stress, pain, and loss now; choose knowing, enjoying, and bringing glory to God as your main objective in life.