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Created for Pleasure of God

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13 March 2024

A moment of praises by the twenty-four elders in the presence of God, when they all set aside their crowns in order to bow down to worship the Living God, revealed a great spiritual insight. The elders declared before the Mighty God and say: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou [God] hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelations 4:11) Perhaps most of the time we read this passage, we gloss over it without the necessary in-depth thought of the wording of the praises. The twenty-four elders are now in glory in the company of angelic beings in the presence of God knew exactly what they are saying. They were not offering flattered praises. They understood the deep meaning of their praises because in the presence of God in heaven they knew the purpose of creation. They declared it in the process of praising the Living God that Mighty God created us for His pleasure.

Perhaps we are yet to get it. The word ‘pleasure’ is defined as “a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction: a pleasant or pleasing feeling.” From this definition of pleasure, in accordance to the purpose of God, humanity are expected to live their lives in an assorted of pleasurable ways to please the Creator. Perhaps we wonder why angels are doing the blessed will of God. They are living their heavenly lives to please God.  That is why they are obedient to His commands, worship and praise Him ceaselessly.  The book of Deuteronomy did not leave us in darkness about the same desires of God concerning His children. “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.” (Deuteronomy 10:12 NLT) “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Doubtful minded people cannot please God.

Obedience and faith of Abraham pleased God.  God said unto Abraham, “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:2) Abraham did not query the rationale behind it. He obeyed God. He laid Isaac on the altar and at the very moment when he was about to slaughter him, the angel of the Lord stopped Abraham. “Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22:15-18)

God extended his grace towards David, and from tending animals, he was anointed to be the king in Israel. He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens. He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob’s descendants—God’s own people, Israel.” (Psalm 78:70-71 NLT) The thoughtfulness of David pleased God when the king [David] summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!” (2 Samuel 7:2 NLT) David was sharing his thought with the Prophet when he was contemplating to build a house for the Lord.  The astounding response of Almighty God through His Prophet that spanned from verses 5-16 of the 2 Samuel 7 obviously indicated that the Lord God Almighty was so pleased with the thoughtfulness of David“‘Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. (2 Samuel 7:11-13 NLT)

In the night dream of Solomon, the grace of God was extended to him. God told him, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”  Solomon worshipped God and prayed saying, “Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong.” (1 Kings 3:9) The request of Solomon pleased God. “The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies—I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!” (1 Kings 3:10-13 NLT)

Living a life of faith and obedience like Abraham pleases God. The referential fear of God that prevented David from killing King Saul the anointed of God pleases Him. For he said, “… who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Samuel 26:9) Thoughtfulness of David that made him to propose building a house for God pleases the Heavenly Father. Purposeful need and selfless request of Solomon pleased God.  Standing in gap in intercessory prayers that the world will not be destroyed in their ignorance pleases God. “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 20:30) We are to live a life that gladdens the hearts of the Creator not making Him sad like the ingratitude Israelites of old that were delivered from their enemies with a stretched hand. They later turned around to become idol worshipers thereby given glory that rightly belongs to God to their idol gods. Isaiah 1:2-4 expresses the displeasure of God “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.”  The scripture admonished that as “this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:17 NLT) The grace of God had been extended to us in the knowledge of this truth. Let us therefore live our Christian lives graciously pleasing God always with acts of righteousness and holiness like the saints mentioned above with eternity in view in our sub-conscious minds.

Prayer: O Lord, you had created me for your pleasure. Let my ways and life, my utterances, meditations of my heart and the works of my hand be pleasing and acceptable to You, O Lord. In my daily interaction with humanity, let me exhibit pleasant attitude in holiness and righteousness that will give glory to Your holy name in Jesus name, Amen.


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