It is but natural for us to give praise or thanks for the things that satisfy us - our family, nature, beauty, a good deed and the like. Praise is an overflow of happiness, contentment or joy. It is something we cannot contain inside us. We just have to let it out. Such also is the reason why we praise God.
In his book Desiring God, John Piper said "We praise what we enjoy because the delight is incomplete until it is expressed in praise. So if God loves us enough to make our joy full, He must not only give Himself; He must also win from us the praise of our hearts - not because He needs to shore up some weakness in Himself or compensate for some deficiency, but because He loves and seeks the fullness of our joy that can be found only in knowing and praising Him, the most magnificent of all beings."1
God doesn't need us to praise Him for the sake of vanity. We need Him to complete our joy. Have you ever felt a joy so deep that no circumstance can alter it? A joy that can be felt in our hearts and soul... a joy that penetrates our innermost being.... such is the joy that comes from God and He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. 2. He Himself causes us to rejoice. (Ezra 6:22)
My 2nd to 4th week layouts for Project 52 - Gratitude
|Week 3 - Thank you Lord for our D12/Dgroup, |
for homeschooling and for TMA
My first week layout HERE:
1- Desiring God, 2003 ed., John Piper page 49
2. Desiring God, 2003 ed., page 10
Week 2 WA by joyful expressions, designs by helly - the story of us, numbers by Sueli Colbert, template by Honeybees Creative HIve, stitches by ginger scraps
Week 4 Unforgettable by A Little Giggle Designs and template 824 by Andrea Gold
Week 3 was created using Leaving a Legacy Designs Snips and Snails. It's a fun boys kit that has 50 elements, 20 pattern papers, 8 solid papers and a full alpha with numbers and symbols. Grab it HERE.
Here's a preview of the kit:
and the layout I made with it: