Pleasing the Lord

We were created to give God pleasure.

Rev 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

If we love God, we will want to please Him.   How can we please God?

1)  Live upright in heart

1Ch 29:17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

*Psa 51:16-17  For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.  (17)  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Pro_11:20  They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

Jer_9:24  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

Php 2:12-16  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  (13)  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  (14)  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:  (15)  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  (16)  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

2)  Trust in the Lord for your every need

Psa 35:27  Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

Psa 147:10-13  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.  (11)  The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  (12)  Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.  (13)  For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

Luk 12:29-32  (29)  And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.  (30)  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  (31)  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  (32)  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

3)   Offer up prayers and praise to God

Psa 149:1-6  Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.  (2)  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  (3)  Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  (4)  For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.  (5)  Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.  (6)  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Pro_15:8  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

If we love God, we will want to please Him.  Are we pleasing the Lord?

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