Do you ever get just sick-and-tired of asking God for this, for that, for more of whatever, for lots and lots of, well, lots and lots! Sometimes my prayers seem like I’m on an asking-binge. Want this…need that. Over and over, again and again. I wonder if God doesn’t get weary and bored with all of my begging and selfishness. Do I need to wonder? Ever feel that way?
I have a twinge of guilt over wanting more and more when He’s already given me so much. Let me turn the tables–what gives God pleasure in my relationship with Him? What is it that pleases Him? Forget me…or you. Him? Any ideas?
Read Psalm 147. We’ll find out what pleases Him. Think of it–to please our God! What a fabulous thought! Right? And it’s really simple…praise and singing and more praise to Him. Simple, right? Verses 10 and 11 tell us that ‘His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor His pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love’. His pleasure is in us as we bow in worship to Him. He’s crazy about us.
Loves us enough… not to leave us that way! He wants us to mature and grow up… in Him. To be more and more like His Son Jesus. To produce more and more of that fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5). To worship Him. To fear, reverence and cherish Him. To bow down before Him telling Him how much we love Him.
And wonder, with eyes wide open, at the majesty of His creation. We praise Him (Psalm 147:1)…we sing to Him (Psalm 147: 7)…and then we praise Him once again (Psalm 147: 20).
Praise and thanks–that’s what pleases God! Especially when we sit at His feet in worship and adoration. That’s good posture. Good for the back that becomes strengthened for those contrary headwinds of life. Let’s please God today…and every day! Praise…and sing…and praise all over again!
Prayer: Lord, to please you today is our heart’s desire. For you to know how much we love you and worship you. In the name of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.