received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
~ 1 Corinthians 4:7
At choir practice last night, our worship pastor shared why God is worthy of our praise. Many people struggle with idea of God being a jealous God. We don't like the idea of ego because in humans it's revolting; we haven't earned exclusive honor.
I confess I have wrestled with doubts about this concept of worthiness. I know God is worthy, but it's so hard to humble myself enough to realize how truly great He is. If someone is truly worthy, it's not prideful for them to demand praise. We just don't have any cases of complete holiness beside God.
Stories help bring life to abstract concepts like this, so I've thought of a couple. The examples I use from my own life are my brother and some family friends. I frequently "praise" my brother to my friends and coworkers because he is excessively talented with music. Seriously, he has brought me to tears sometimes with his ability to sit down and play a tune without reading any music, and he's a phenomenal composer and arranger, too. So when people ask me about my family, you can be sure I'll mention Micah's musical gifts.
Then there's the L family. After my grandpa passed away five years ago, they cared for us so well. They showed up at the visitation, and we had no clue they were planning to come. They didn't know my grandpa, and the funeral home was an hour away from their house. When we came home after the long, exhausting day of the funeral, they had purchased bags full of food for us and arranged it on our kitchen counter. I remember the orange juice and muffins, in particular. We told many people afterward what a blessing their acts of kindness were to our family at that time. In a sense, we "praised" them, and in that situation, they were worthy of it.
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all
things come from you, and of your own have we given you..."
~ 1 Chronicles 29:13-14
God's worthiness is magnified to infinity because He has provided everything for us; we can do absolutely nothing without Him. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, everything comes from His hand. He is perfectly self-sufficient, yet He chooses to share Himself with us. That is why He can demand our praise. That is why I love to praise Him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.