7 Motivations for Serving God

Psalm 100:1-5

1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Before you start your week, take a moment to focus. The unknown author of this Psalm joyfully inspires us with

Seven Motivations to Serve God:

1.  He is God

“The LORD is God.” Living and true, He is infinitely perfect, self-existent, and self-sufficient, and the fountain of life. He is God.

2.  He is our Creator

“It is he that hat made us.” He formed our bodies and created our spirits. We did not, we could not, make ourselves.

3.  He is our Owner:

“Not we ourselves” or “We are not our own” This term communicates possession. Because he made us, He is our incontestable, sole proprietor.

4.  He is our Ruler

“We are his people” This term involves our purpose. We are his subjects, and he is our ruler and will call us to give account for our actions.

5.  He is our Provider

The “sheep of his pasture” As His sheep, he is not only our possessor, but also our provider and our protector.

6.  He is good and merciful

He “is good; his mercy is everlasting.” God is good, and therefore does good. His mercy is a fountain that can never be drawn dry.

7.  His truth endures to all

His “truth endureth to all generations.” No word of his shall fall to the ground as antiquated or revoked. The faithfulness of His Word and His promises will never fail.

Which one motivates you the most?

Comments

  1. Lynnae Lawson says:

    How can you pick just one attribute of God to motivate you? I’ve read through your list three times and I would have to say, the one I have been dwelling on the most is that my God is merciful and good. I am incredibly undeserving of not just anything, but everything that God has given me. I really treasure the end of that promise: “His mercy is everlasting.” As Romans 8:38-39 promise, NOTHING can separate me from the love of God. Not even my arrogant, sinful choices.

  2. crazy how much truth is packed in scripture and when you take the time to invest and did in it jumps out at you- even when its incredibly plain we can skip over it and miss 7 wonderful reasons or “motivations” to live your life for God.  I would even go back one sentence to see how he expects us to make a joyful noise—brings a greater response not simply a recognition but a joyful response.  I am always blown away by the reason that he is God.  nuff said. great post dude.

  3. I agree with Lynnae – it’s hard to pick one! I think all of the attributes together work best since God’s amazing nature is really amazing when we consider all of his attributes. I’ve been praying lately that I would be truly motivated for the right reasons, so this post is right where I’ve been in the past few weeks.

  4. I’m going to throw a curve ball in here and say the motivation I have is that He is worthy. He is worthy of everything I have and everything I do. He is worthy of my love and adoration. He is worthy of it all, not because of what He has done, but because of who He is. Great post, Noah!

  5. Wow! Seven truths! Thanks for sharing!

  6. My life’s verses – much to contemplate.  Having them memorized [and set to many melodies] makes it simpler to ‘review’.  Thanks,

  7. This is full of such beautiful truths. I would say the picture that sticks with me best is always God our Protector. Call it a girl thing, but the picture brings such comfort to me. It reminds me of Isaiah 40 that illustrates a shepherd carrying his young lambs close to his heart. It’s such a gentle yet strong picture of our Creator.

    • It is certainly amazing how that role of “Protector” can go under appreciated. I try to place myself in their shoes (or sandals). With all of the wars and battles in the Old Testament, how real must the though of His protection been to His people!

  8. These are some great motivations to serving God, I really like 5 and 7. His truth and grace motivated and encourage me each and every day. Great post.

  9. Some good expositing, my friend.  I like #1, as it basically sums up the rest.  He is God- meaning that He is good- He is everything that is good.

  10. Such wonderful motivations~ He is God, there is no reason not to serve Him! It is necessary to take the time to focus on who God is and who we are in comparison. We are are His people~ It is our life calling to serve Him. 

  11. jonathan iguina says:

    Noah,

    Because he is God everything else stems from that. That is the biggest motivation for me. The fact that God was powerful enough to not only form me but redeem me after I failed him motivates me to serve him. Thanks for making me reflect on his goodness.

    blessings,

    Jonathan
    http://ConsiderUp.com

  12. Eaawbrey says:

    Noah

    I enjoyed your post very much. It was a good exegesis of the passage. Only one brief comment on the point of “motivation.” To be honest all of those reasons are reasons we should praise God, (if we were perfect) but let’s be honest we’re selfish, arogant creatures. The transition point the NT apostles always use to motivate are those attributes of God as revealed through the Gospel. He is God, he is our Creator, He is our Owner, Ruler,Provider, He is good and merciful and his Truth stands. However, the gospel is the encapsulating of all of these attributes and ultimately what God has done in the gospel is the only reason we love him for in the gospel he first loved us. It is because of those attributes as revealed in the gospel that we should be motivated to serve a God who’s given us everything graciously in Christ. Thank you though for the dissection of the passage and God bless. 

    Eric 

    • I appreciate the elucidating comments, Eric! While the writing on this blog is not intended to rival that of a theological blog, I follow and agree with the concept that the Gospel encapsulates these characteristics into one act. There are other points I cannot subscribe to as much, but they are immaterial to this discourse. Thank you for expounding!

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