Built for Praise

4 Jan

IMG_4003 (4)Sometimes I think that I am genetically happy. Not that I don’t have my moments, but at the end of the day, when I pray, I am happy. I heard on the news the other day, that they have found that some people carry “happy genes”. Well, that me.

Yet, I also believe we are built for praise. If we are people who worship in the Judo-christian tradition, they we believe that we were created by a God who loves us, wants to be a part of our lives, and wants us to praise God’s name above all others. The end of the United Methodist baptismal rituals says that “that in all things God will be glorified.”

I believe that this is the meaning of life. That we should use our gifts, and talents and passion to glorify the God who created us, saved us, and journeys with us.

Psalm 111 reflects this inherent gift of praise.

1-10 Hallelujah!
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,
He remembered to keep his ancient promise.
He proved to his people that he could do what he said:
Hand them the nations on a platter—a gift!
He manufactures truth and justice;
All his products are guaranteed to last—
Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof.
All that he makes and does is honest and true:
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.
The good life begins in the fear of God—
Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!

I pray you enjoy this day as God’s child. It is a gift that God has given to you. I believe it is used to it’s full advantage when you find a way to praise God.


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