TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• The people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. (Isaiah 43:21 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I am currently reading Charles Stanley’s book, “Courageous Faith.” He wrote of his grandfather, “Granddad was keenly aware that he was the servant of God, not the other way around.”
That sentence hit me really hard. We do tend to forget that truth, don’t we? We get so focused on the prayers we want God to answer and take for granted the blessings He’s bestowed that we forget who serves who. God isn’t our genie to do our bidding. He does what He does because He’s kind and loving. But we’re reminded in Isaiah 43:21, “the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
We were made to worship Him. Psalm 105 tells us to, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
That profound truth in the middle of the instructions to praise—“It is he who made us, and we are his.”
Why is it so easy to forget this?! When I make a casserole, it’s for my enjoyment and benefit; I don’t answer to the casserole! Of course, God’s Word has a much more poetic take on that analogy—“Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?” (Isaiah 45:9). We are made and designed to serve our Creator.
We could blame it on our me-focused culture, but the heart of the matter can’t be blamed on culture. It’s us. We are selfish and sinful people. We can’t effectively worship God when we are elevating ourselves as the ones to be served. Worshipping Him involves a servant’s heart. It requires humbling ourselves and admitting our need for Him. It means we take to heart the attitude of Charles Stanley’s grandfather and we are keenly aware that we are the servants of God and not the other way around.
Today, as you pray, thank God for creating you. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you that sense of awe and a spirit of worship for God, your Creator. Ask Him to keep praise in your heart for Him and remember that we are the servants of the almighty, one, and true living God.
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