Notes Taken from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
You were planned for God’s pleasure. God did not need to create you, but he chose to you create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight.
Bringing enjoyment to God, living for his pleasure, is the first purpose for our lives. When you fully understand this truth, you will never again have a problem with feeling insignificant. If you are that important to God, and he considers you valuable enough to keep with him for eternity, what greater significance could you have?
One of the greatest gifts God has given you is the ability to enjoy pleasure. He wired you with five senses and emotions so you can experience it. He wants you to enjoy life, not just endure it.
We often forget that God has emotions too. God grieves, gets jealous and angry, and feels compassion, pity, sorrow, and sympathy as well as happiness, gladness, and satisfaction. God loves, delights, gets pleasure, rejoices, enjoys, and laughs!
Bringing pleasure to God is called “worship”. Anything that you do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. If we fail to worship God, we always find a substitute, even if it ends up being ourselves.
Worship is far more than music. Every part of a church service is worship; praying, scripture reading, singing, confession, silence, being still, listening to a sermon, taking notes, giving an offering, baptism, communion, signing a commitment card, and even greeting other worshipers. If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship. The music style you like best says more about you-your background and personality-than it does about God. There is no such thing as “Christian” music; there are only Christian lyrics. It is the words that make a song sacred, not the tune. There are no spiritual tunes. If a song was played for you without any words, you would have no way of knowing if it were a “Christian” song.
Worship is not for your benefit. We worship for God’s benefit. When we worship , our goal is to bring pleasure to God, not ourselves. Worship isn’t for you. It is for God. Of course, most “worship” services also include elements of fellowship, edification, and evangelism, and there are benefits to worship, but we don’t worship to please ourselves. In Isaiah 29, God complains about worship that is half-hearted and hypocritical. The people were offering God stale prayers, insincere praise, empty words, and man-made rituals without even thinking about the meaning. God’s heart is not touched by tradition in worship, but by passion and commitment.
Worship is not a part of your life; it is your life. We are told to “worship him continually” and to “praise him from sunrise to sunset”. In the Bible people praised God at work, in jail, at home, in battle, and even in bed. Praise should be the first activity when you open your eyes in the morning and the last activity when you close them at night. How is it possible to do everything to the glory of God? By doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus and by carrying on a continual conversation with him while you do it. This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship-doing everything as if you were doing it for Jesus.