Truth that Provokes our Worship
Psalm 72:18-19 (ESV) – Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
We are made to worship God. It’s not that we sometimes worship. We are worshippers. It is essential and foundational to our natures.
The LORD created us as worshipping creatures. He is the intended object of our worship. We exist to bring glory to Him.
The Westminster Confession begins with the question, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer replies, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” God made us to worship and glorify Him. This is not our only aim in life, but it is our chief aim. It is the foundation underneath every other action. Our hearts should cry out in worship to Him and desire to see His glory in all the earth.
This leads us to our passage today. The psalmist writes in Psalm 72:18-19, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” The God of Israel is the One True God. He is the Eternal Creator of the universe and everything in it.
The psalmist says that God alone does wondrous things. Think of the infinite perfections of God and the scope of His actions in the universe. He governs planets still unknown to us in the cosmos. He provides the ant its food. He is over every gust of wind, every leaf falling, and every turn of a fish at 30,000 feet deep in the ocean. He alone is the God of wondrous things.
The psalmist’s reaction to this truth is an outburst of spontaneous praise. “Blessed be his glorious name forever! May the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” This is not a forced or fabricated response. This is worship. This is a natural outpouring of the heart when it reflects on the greatness of God’s person and works. It will serve our own hearts well to reflect on these things. Praise is not only fitting from us but commanded from us. It’s what we’re made for.
Reflection & Journal:
- What are some different aspects of what it means to worship God?
- Why is it vital to understand that we are worshippers at the core of our being?
- How can we feed our hearts with truth in a way that provokes worship of God?
Sign up to receive our daily devotions in your inbox here!