Thursday, January 9, 2014

God, if you please....may I please You!

Psalm 19:14
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (NIV)

Alistair Begg's great book, Made For His Pleasure, begins with a wonderful story
about Mr. Begg watching his 8-yr-old son play soccer. He describes the haphazard nature
of the youngsters running about with energy, but without apparent purpose, on the 
soccer pitch. Then, amazingly, his son makes a move and ends up driving the soccer
ball into the net. Alistair's reaction is probably very similar to the one any of us has had
when observing our little one do something successful in any arena...We feel very happy
and pleased for the child! 

It's a classic parent-child happening. We, as parents, want what is best for our children;
we care about their well-being because they are our children. We take a great deal
of pleasure in seeing them happy and successful.

Well, as hard as it might be to imagine, the Majestic God of this Universe, omniscient and
omnipresent, is pleased when His children do and say the things that bring glory to Him. 
When, for example, God becomes aware of something we do that shows our continuing
transformation into someone more like His son, Jesus, He is pleased! When we are able
to pray openly and honestly, seeking Him with confidence and appropriate honor,
He is pleased. When we are able to cast off worldly treasures and desires in order
to do things whose basis is glorifying Jesus, God, because He loves the Son, is pleased!

The bottom line is that now that we have been adopted into the family of God by
the glorious work of Jesus at the cross, we are given purpose in our lives; the purpose
being to do that which glorifies and pleases He who breathed life into us. We aren't
prefect in this goal. We have a wondrous spirit that dwells within, that helps us in
this regard. It is altogether appropriate that we place the desire of pleasing God
at the very top of our priorities. 

We read His word, we pray to praise and glorify Him, we ask Him for what we need
that is in line with His good plans and we love Him with all our energy and passion!

Praise you, Father God!