8. You were planned for God's Pleasure


God did not need to create you, but he chose to create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight. When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. It proves your worth.

One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it.

Bringing pleasure to God is called "worship." Worship is a lifestyle.; anything you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. Every activity can be transformed into an act of worship when you do it for the praise, glory, and pleasure of God. The Bible says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

Christians often disagree over the style of music used as part of their worship, passionately defending their preferred style as the most biblical. But there is no biblical style! God loves all kinds of music because he invented it all: fast and slow, loud and soft, old and new; if it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship. There is no such thing as "Christian" music; there are only Christian lyrics.

But worship is far more than music; Adam worshiped in the Garden of Eden, but music isn't mentioned until Genesis 4:21.

We worship for God's benefit, not our own. When we worship, our goal is to bring glory and pleasure to God, not ourselves.


Question to Consider:
What common task could I start doing as if I were doing it directly for Jesus? 

Verse to Remember:
The LORD takes pleasure in His people.

Psalm 149:4