Day 8: You were planned for God’s Pleasure.

God was there the moment you were born as an unseen witness, smiling at your birth.Your birth gave God great pleasure. God did not need to create you, he chose to create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit,his glory, his purpose and his delight.

One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure.He wired you with five senses and emotions so you can experience it. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it.The reason you are able to enjoy pleasure is that God made you in his image.We often forget that God has emotions, too.He feels things very deeply. Accounts in the Bible shows that God grieves, gets jealous and angry, feels compassion, pity, sorrow, sympathy, gladness and satisfaction. God loves, delights, get pleasure, rejoices, enjoys and even laughs.-Gen 6:6; Exo 20:5; Deut. 32:36; Judges 2:20; I Kings 10:9; I Chron. 16:27; Psalms 2:4; 5:5; 18:19;35:27;37:23; 103:13; 104:31; Ezek 5:13; I John 4:16.

Bringing pleasure to God is called “worship” anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship.

Anthropologists have noted that worship is a universal urge, hard-wired by God into the very fiber of our being- an in-built need to connect with God. If we fail to worship God, we always find a substitute even if it ends up being ourselves. The reason God made us with these desire is that he desires worshipers. Jesus said the Father seeks worshipers.

Worship is far more than music, singing, praying and listening to sermon. It is more than ceremonies, candles and communion, healing and miracles, it can include all these elements but it is more than all these experiences. Worship is a lifestyle.

Every part of a church service is an act of worship; praying, scripture reading, singing, confession, silence, being still, listening to a sermon, taking notes, giving an offering, baptism, communion, signing a commitment card, and even greeting other worshipers.

Worship is not for your benefit, it is for God’s benefit. When we worship, our motive, goal is to bring pleasure to God not to ourselves.

Worship is not part of your life; it is your life. We are told to worship God continually and to praise him from sunrise to sunset.

Biblical account tells us that people praised God at work, at home, in battle, in jail and even in bed. God expects us to worship him at all times, in all things.

May God not raise stones in our place to worship him.

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