Yesterday we read how all of creation sings a hymn of praise to God. Today, we focus on one specific part of creation: the people of God.
Creation cannot help but to glorify God but, as people with the ability to choose what we do, we must choose to worship and praise God. The Lord formed his people for himself, that we may proclaim his praise (Isaiah 43:21).
As the Westminster Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” We can’t add to God’s glory – he is already glorious – but we can lift up his name in the world, and magnify his glory to others. We can be like Moses who, on coming down the mountain from his encounter with the Lord, reflected the glory of God in the sight of all the people.
The psalmist encourages us to praise God joyfully with songs, with dancing and with music. However, there is more. The praise of God is not just about what comes out of our mouths, but about our actions too. “May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in our hands.”
We may not take up physical arms in battle but, as we read last week, there is a battle raging nonetheless, and our participation in that and our active service in the Kingdom of God are also actions of high praise.
Let us praise God and bring him glory – in song and in service.
Meditation verse: For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.