May the Lord smile on you… – Numbers 6:25
Since we’ve discovered that pleasing God is the first purpose of our lives, it’s very important to discover how to go about doing that. In Genesis, during Noah’s days, God was disgusted with man, and thought about wiping all of mankind out. “But Noah was a pleasure to the Lord,” Genesis 6:8 tells us, which caused God to decide to ‘start-over’ with the world through Noah’s family. There are 5 acts of worship we can learn from Noah’s life:
God smiles when we love Him supremely: In Genesis 6:8, we learned that “Noah consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with Him.” A relationship is what God desires the most of us! In Hosea 6:6, God says, “I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me.” He desires that we know Him, and spend time with Him. Not just on one day of the week, but always. The greatest commandment, Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 is “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
God smiles when we trust Him completely: Hebrews 11:7 recollects Noah’s great act of faith! “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” If I were alive in Noah’s time, I would have thought, “what a crazy fool!” It’s the truth! Faith can make one seem irrational… But when I decide to trust God completely and totally with all that I am, it means I am trusting that He know, and will do what is best for my life. In Psalm 147:11, we’re told “God takes pleasure in those who honor Him, in those who trust in His constant love.” Trusting is an uncomfortable thing to an extent, but if we get to the point where we truly trust God, it becomes an act of worship.
God smiles when we obey Him wholeheartedly: When God gave Noah detailed instructions for how to build the boat, Genesis 6:22 says, “Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Obedience unlocks understanding. Before I gained insight on this statement, my first response to any request made by anyone was, “why?” Typically, if it didn’t make sense to be, I ain’t doing it. That sounds logical enough, but we can’t get logical with Christ. We have to trust and obey first. We really don’t get to pick and choose what to obey. We have to obey ALL God’s commandments. Even he knows it’s not an easy task, that’s why He’s made his mercy and grace available to us in abundance.
God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually: As much as I say I don’t do things for outward praise, I always find that I am extra happy when I am praised for a job well done. God like it too. See, I’m twinning with Him, lol!
When Noah survived the flood, he built an alter of thanksgiving to God. When Jesus came, he paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, His life, so we don’t have to offer animal sacrifices, but we’re told in Hebrews 13:15 to “offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to His name.” The amazing thing is when we give God praise; He in turn fills our hearts with bursting joy!
I’m a great cook! Although I tease my brothers that they eat too much, I enjoy the fact that my food is so good that they come back for more over and over again. It works the same way with God. When he blesses us, we savor the blessings, and give Him all the praise. This pleases Him, and we’re all joyful.
God smiles when we use our abilities: In Psalm 37:23, we’re told that, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” God isn’t only seeking to see us study the bible, or preach His word, etc. Everything we do excites Him! When we win that project, He is proud! When we Ace that test, He delights. When we enjoy the company of our friends at game nights, He laughs. Psalm 33:15 – “He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do.” God gifted us differently, and He is pleased to see when we use those gifts to achieve greatness. You don’t have to try to be someone else, use your talents to exude excellence.
God looks at the attitude of your heart: Is pleasing Him your deepest desire? Psalm 14:2 tells us that “The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.” My prayer today is, “God, please see me. I desire you, I seek you and I want your wisdom to permeate my heart.”
Food for thought: Since God knows what is best, in what areas of my life do I need to trust Him most?