Lord’s Day 10/03/10 Walk Cheerfully

Ought Christians glorify God in their attitudes? We should. We have so much to be thankful for. Just think , Christ was nailed to a cross and hung there to die for us; all we are called to do is pick up our cross. What a great time to reflect on our attitudes through the lens of what Christ has done on our behalf in preparation for corporate worship.

Thomas Watson’s A Body of Divinity contains a sermon titled “Man’s Chief End is to Glorify God,” where he asks, “What is it to live to God?”  Part of his answer is that Christians should walk “cheerfully.” What a great reminder.

We glorify God by walking cheerfully. It brings glory to God, when the world sees a Christian has that within him that which can make him cheerful in the worst times; that can enable him, with the nightingale, to sing with a thorn at his breast. The people of God have ground for cheerfulness. They are justified and adopted, and this creates inward peace; it makes music within, whatever storms are without, 2 Cor. 1:4. I Thess. 1:6. If we consider what Christ has wrought for us by his blood, and wrought in us by his Spirit, it is a ground of great cheerfulness, and this cheerfulness glorifies God. It reflects upon a master when the servant is always drooping and sad; sure he is kept to hard commons, his master does not give him what is fitting; so, when God’s people hang their heads, it looks as if they did not serve a good master, or repented of their choice, which reflects dishonour on God. As the gross sins of the wicked bring a scandal on the gospel, so do the uncheerful lives of the godly. Psalm 100:2, “Serve the Lord with gladness.” Your serving him does not glorify him, unless it be with gladness. A Christian’s cheerful looks glorify God; religion does not take away our joy, but refines it; it does not break our viol, but tunes it, and makes the music sweeter.
– Thomas Watson

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1 dpcalder December 24, 2016 at 1:10 am

By far, the most agonizingly difficult command of God is to rejoice in the Lord. I’ve never experienced anything so miserable as attempting to be joyful in Christ. Horrors of conscience, guilt, unending anxieties and doubts, the raging of sinful affections that seem to become even worse with prayer, constant doubt of salvation. In these respects, I’m a neurotic mess, a stereotypical Calvinists.


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