Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3 (NIV)
Would you like your life to be radiant and filled with joy? Would you like your face to shine brightly for me? Would you like joy to overflow your life? Yes, I would without a doubt. Would you like your life to encourage others to come to worship me? Would you like it if I heard and answered your prayers? Would you like to be delivered from all your fears? Do you want to taste of my goodness, kindness, mercy and love? Do you want to have strength that only I can provide? Do you want to be taught by me? Yes, of course I do. Every question of yours is a statement of what I hope for as I follow and serve you.
How can I live the kind of life that your questions describe? If you really want your life to be radiant, spend time in my presence. If you really want joy to overflow your life, live in an intimate relationship with me. If you really want me to hear and answer your prayers, cry out to me for all that you need. I will hear your prayers. I will deliver you from all your fears. If you really want your life to encourage others to come to worship me, then draw near to worship me yourself. Let others see the life that you are living with and for me. They will want what you have. They will be drawn to me through the testimony of your life. If you want to be taught by me, then listen to my word. If you want strength that only I can provide then seek me with all your heart. Lions will grow tired and weary, but you will lack no good thing. Are you seeing a common thread to all that you hope for and want from me? Yes, I am. If I want to live the kind of life that you are offering to me then I must live in an intimate relationship with you. I must rely on you. I must trust you. I must draw near to you. I must love you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. Every good gift comes from you. I must ask you for all that I need as I walk with you through life. I must give thanks and praise and worship to you for the greatness of who you are and the goodness of all that you have done. Is that what you will do? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I give thanks and praise and worship to you for who you are and for all you have done. Let my testimony of your goodness help others to join in giving glory to you. Fill me with your radiance and joy as I draw near to worship you. Amen
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