Denying God’s Rights

Michael Beck

“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.” (Revelation 4:11)

All creation has one thing in common: all things were created for God’s pleasure. We were not created to please ourselves, or any other person or group; we were created to please God. A man may make himself or another very happy; but if he’s not making God happy, he is not fulfilling his reason for living.

What gives God pleasure? Our worship of Him. This isn’t what we do at a set time and set place each week when we sing hymns, raise our hands, kneel, chant, etc. The worship God seeks goes much deeper. He wants us to give Him power, honor, and glory. In giving Him power we give Him the right to rule our life. In giving Him honor we give Him the right to decide what is right and wrong for us to think and do. In giving Him glory we give Him the right to make of us what He pleases, for His praise and not our own.

To live to please ourselves is to deny God His rights. It is to forget He exists. It is to live in a world of our own. Jesus came to deliver us from our own world where we worship and please ourselves. He saves us so we might enter and live in the world God created us to live in, where we live for Him and His pleasure.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.