“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”
— Psalm 34:3
The doxology we sing in church summarizes well our true purpose in life: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.” The Westminster Catechism says that our chief end in life is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Do you ever wonder how you can glorify God? First, we honor God by giving Him the praise and worship He deserves. When we acknowledge His greatness and His provision, we bring glory to His name. But we can magnify the Lord in everything else we do as well. I believe that if we determine to use our God-given talents, time, strength, and wisdom to glorify Him, we find ourselves involved in something exciting, something bigger than ourselves. As we do our jobs well, we glorify our Father. As we strive to cultivate loving and happy families, we glorify our Father. When we share the Good News of Christ and introduce men and women to His kingdom, we glorify our Father.
By doing all for God’s glory, we fulfill God’s purpose for us. Johann Sebastian Bach certainly glorified God in his life. Many musicians consider Bach the greatest musician who ever lived. On his music scores are phrases such as “Soli Deo Gloria,” which means “To God alone be the glory.” William Wilberforce, the great evangelical statesman, brought glory to the Lord as he strove to end slavery in the entire British Empire. While God hasn’t necessarily called you to be a Bach or a Wilberforce, you can bring glory to His name whoever you are and with whatever unique talents and gifts you have. Today, seek to glorify God in all you do. This focus will give your life a grand and magnificent purpose.
“In commanding us to glorify Him,
God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”
C. S. Lewis