Pure Praise : Week One – day 2 Studies
If there is ever any doubt in your mind of you self-worth to God…you need only look to 1 Peter 2:9 :
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
How awesome it is to know that God created us for His pleasure! I can think back to plenty of times that my children have done something of no importance to anyone else…but it was the greatest thing in the world to me. I have countless pieces of paper with drawings on them that are, in no stretch of the imagination, a French impressionist’s painting…but they are a masterpiece of work to me.
God delights in us much in the same way. Yes, there are times that I am not pleased with what my children do – but my love for them never goes away…neither does God’s love for us.
How much could our zeal for worshiping God grow if we could be as proud and thankful for the small things in life in the same manner that God rejoices in our trivial events? Instead, we spend a lot of time complaining about the small stuff.
In his book “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day” author Mark Batterson makes a statement comparing two different types of people:
I think there are basically two types of people in the world: complainers and worshipers. And there isn’t much circumstantial difference between the two. Complainers will always find something to complain about. Worshipers will always find something to praise God about. They simply have different default settings.
In his book “Wild Goose Chase”, he talks further about praising God and thanking Him for some of the simplest of things. I actually tried this one day – as I got ready that morning, I thanked God for a few obscure things…even pocket lint (there’s a purpose for it…right?) As I drove to work, I started thanking God for steering wheels, floor mats, cell phone towers, cardboard, gasoline … it became less and less trivial…and more and more “look at all these things that we have and here are their purposes…these are all from YOU, God!”
We may all have “default settings”. Regrettably, I’m both a worshiper and a complainer. If something wrong is going on in my life…believe me…someone is gonna hear about it. I even try to counter-balance this fact by answering the simple question of “How was work” with “it was there…” just to avoid complaining. The truth is, we can change these default settings if we complain. You see, when I took my drive to work that day, I found it impossible to complain about anything when all I could do was thank God and praise him for all that he created.
Take a look at Paul and Silas. Beaten and battered by a Roman crowd, Paul and Silas were in a prison and had plenty of reason to complain. What did they do?
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners. (Acts 16:25-26)
So here they are, in a dire situation – and they were singing praises to God! When the earthquake came – they were calm…they were worshipers – not complainers.
Believe me, I will have to fight hard to take the same dose of advise that I am giving each of you – but find those opportunities to always be thankful for what God has done. You can praise him without singing…you can worship without complaining…you can find the beauty of God even in the worst of situations…and even you can find a new way to look at…….
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Jason Whitehorn, Founder of www.gotworship.net