The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 99

“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a generation yet unborn may praise the Lord”(Psalm 102:18).

Why have you been saved? Would it surprise you to know that you have been saved to praise HIM? God’s plan in creating man was for His worship. He did not abandon His plan when man sinned. Through His salvation it would find fulfillment in the re-created (born-again) man who would praise Him, both in this temporal sphere and in eternity, together with the host of angels who are continually bowing down before Him, crying ‘Holy! Holy! Holy!’ in unceasing praise and adoration.

The Westminster Catechism, in answering the question why did God make you? says, ‘He made me to know Him, to love Him and to serve him’. Now, God does not need anything from us. He is the all-sufficient Creator in whom and through whom and for whom all life is sustained. So why the need for this service? I believe it is because service, at its very core, has His praise and glory as its object.

Keeping in mind that the primary duty of priests in the Old Testament was the offering of sacrifices, let’s listen to what the apostle Peter tells us. “--and like living stones, be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. The sacrifices we are called to offer are not bulls and goats, but spiritual sacrifices. And later he says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people: that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pe. 2:5, 9). See the purpose? To declare his praises!

Someone once said that the character trait that most significantly revealed a person’s true moral and spiritual health was his capacity to be grateful. “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess.5: 18). Notice it says in all things, not for all things. Have you checked your attitude of gratitude recently? Heartfelt praise always finds its expression in words and actions. The Bible says ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Ps. 150:6). Breath signifies life and life evokes action. If you are saved, then you should love to praise Him. God inhabits the praises of His people.

“He who brings thanksgiving as his sacrifice honours me” (Ps.50: 23). He gets the glory because He alone is GOD! Otherwise we are in danger of extinguishing the light of God in our hearts, just like those who “when they knew God, glorified him not as God, neither were thankful: but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Rom. 1:21). PRAISE THE LORD!

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