“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalm 29:1-2
A lot of our purpose as humans and as believers is to glorify God. This purpose often seems abstract to me, so it can be difficult to know how I can glorify God in my every day life. I thought of 7 ways to glorify God daily to help us apply this purpose.
- Be thankful.
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.” Psalm 86:12
Showing gratitude for what God has already done in your life shows Him that you are content with how He has blessed you. It gives Him glory when you recognize how He has moved in your life. Telling others of His deeds in your life can bless them as well.
2. Sing worship songs.
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” Psalm 96:1-3
The easiest way for me to get into a worshipful mindset is to sing praise music. Focusing on God through song is a way to surrender ourselves to His will. He desires our hearts and wants us to look at Him and not our earthly lives or problems. Worship songs often make me feel a lot of gratitude for God.
3. Stay connected to Him.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
This means prioritizing quiet time with Jesus as well as keeping your focus on Him during your day. Pray continually throughout the day to remind yourself of His presence with you. Doing so will give you peace and perspective, and it shows God that you put Him first.
4. Serve others.
“…Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28
Jesus came to earth to serve others and to bring us salvation. As His followers, we should do what He did and serve others. There are so many ways to do this, and it’s often little things. It can be as simple as giving your spouse a break by doing a chore that they usually do, or paying for a friend’s lunch. You can also serve others through community volunteer opportunities, mentoring someone at church, leading a small group, or simply being there for someone. Putting others first shows the love of Christ to them.
5. Share the Gospel.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
This is the first thing I thought of as a way to glorify God. Our main purpose on earth is to further God’s kingdom by sharing the good news with people. How amazing is it that God allows us to be a part of His divine plan by telling others about Him!? Sharing the Gospel, especially when it’s uncomfortable, shows God that we value His will over our own.
6. Fulfill His purpose for your life.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Along with our main purpose of sharing the Gospel, God also has individual purposes for our lives. He made us unique with certain gifts and talents that we can use to glorify God in our own way. Don’t squander the gifts He has given you. If He made you a talented singer, use that gift to sing on the worship team or record videos of yourself singing and share them online. If He made you with the desire to encourage others, find opportunities to speak truth and kindness into people’s lives. God made you with a specific purpose that only you can fulfill. Doing so shows that you are grateful for your gifts and want to use them for His glory.
7. Pray for eyes to see these opportunities.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…” Ephesians 1:18-19
Sometimes, we’re too focused on our daily lives and problems that we miss opportunities to glorify God. We might not notice a good time to share the Gospel with someone, or we may feel too busy to have quiet time with Him. If we ask God to keep us alert to these opportunities, He will help us to see them. Your desire itself to serve God is a way to glorify Him.
I hope this post encourages you to look for chances in your daily life to glorify God. These opportunities are more abundant than they seem!