Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! (Psalm 108:5)
The psalmist is passionate for God’s glory. Not only did he personally want God to be praised and treasured in his own life, but his prayer was for the entire world to join in on the adoration for its Maker. As followers of Jesus, everything we do is for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Glorifying God isn’t a duty to fulfill, or another chore to check off a list. It’s what will give us the most joy and fulfillment. As John Piper has said, “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. … The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful. We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead, we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deepest and most enduring satisfaction. The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God. To the extent that we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleasure, we fail to honor God and love people.”
Today, let’s seek to glorify God in everything that we do as we prayerfully depend on Him in the every day activities of life. Let’s pray for those who do not yet know the life and joy that is found in Him. That they too may glorify God.