Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Psalm 148 Created to Exalt God's Name

KEY TEXT: Ps 148:5-6 Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.

KEY THOT: The psalmist calls for all creation to praise the Lord: angelic hosts, the cosmos, the living creatures in the sea and land, all nature, and all peoples (kings, princes, rulers). Everything exists to praise the name of the Lord, for “his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven” (v.13). When all nature and living creatures on earth and in heaven fulfill its created purpose, God is exalted and worshiped. In other words, the entire cosmos is created to glorify God and reach its ultimate destiny when it bows down to exalt the Creator, not exalt itself.

Sin in essence is not just wrong-doing; but wrong purpose. We can be doing the “right” things but for a wrong purpose. We can preach and pray and sing and serve and work and study--not to exalt God but to satisfy our own egos. We can pour all our energy into our children, our ministry, our business, our study or our sports not to exalt God’s name but to exalt our own name. Sin is deflecting from God’s glory to self-glory. And in the process, we become less than fulfilled—we become empty. There is only one way to live the abundant life—and that is to turn everything we do into an act of worship to exalt the name of the Lord.

Someone defines worship as "doing for God what we've always been doing for ourselves." What happens in church on Sundays is just the tail-end of this worship lifestyle of exalting God in our daily work--without which, our Sunday "worship" is just going through the motion without emotion.

Father, You have created us for Your glory, not ours. May You cause everything we think, do and say be channels to praise and exalt Your name forever and ever! Amen.

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