Love is always the motivating reason, when it comes to anything God does for us. It’s why He sent His Son, to be the One who would stand between us and God, spanning the gap that sin created. Love. But do you know what extends beyond love in God’s universe? Glory. His glory. We worship God, from a heart of gratitude, to bring Him glory.
Psalm 30: 11-12 says, “For You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness so that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Those two words are the reason beyond love: so that.
When it hurts, when it costs you something that is of value to you- that is when your worship truly meets the definition of a sacrifice of praise.
So that your glory may sing praise to Him. We all have a measure of glory, attention, reputation, or “fame” in our lives, things we are known for, applauded for- and when we worship God, we set aside that aspect of ourselves, our “glory”, so that we can worship Him. That’s not as easy as it sounds! Maybe your sense of decorum, or your social standing, or your position in the world requires a certain level of propriety, or behavior . Maybe looking “crazy” in worship, waving your hands, shouting hallelujah, giving a prophetic word or dancing as David did would diminish that glory in the eyes of some, maybe in the eyes of many. So what?
In 2 Samuel 24:24 David said, “I will not offer up to the Lord burnt offerings that cost me nothing”. His perspective drew God’s attention- wow! We must exchange our glory for His, setting aside our own reputation to worship His. Jesus Christ is worth every sacrifice. When it hurts, when it costs you something that is of value to you- that is when your worship truly meets the definition of a sacrifice of praise.
Thought for today
The things God does for us aren’t just out of love. No. He “put a new song in your mouth”, a personal revelation, or miracle, or answer to prayer, a need met so that you will sing and not be silent, so that you will will give thanks to Him forever, so that your glory will worship His glory. It’s so that “many will see and hear and put their trust in the Lord” too. (Psalm 40:3)