“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2: 9-10
We are saved for a purpose. I am writing these articles in the hope of encouraging God’s people to love Him and worship Him more. I believe that, as the creation of God, we were made for this. As sinners, we were severed from our purpose; but we were saved to be made whole and restored to that purpose and the fullness of life that can only be experienced when we are living it. Our life was meant to be an act of worship.
There is nothing more fundamental to this life of worship than to “declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” This is both a historical event to be remembered and retold for others’ benefit, and a perpetual process that He is working that expands and enriches the wonder of the original story. All people were created to love and worship God, but first they need to know Him. We get to tell them what He is like by telling how He has treated us. “Once we were not a people, but now we are the people of God; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received mercy.” We get to tell how He has identified with us and included us and how He has shown us mercy, not treating us as we deserve to be treated, but with compassion and forgiveness. When we declare these things, we praise Him. There is nothing else more important to say. God is undeniably infinite and we will spend eternity learning more of how good, holy and wonderful He is. But for our life here, on this earth, we have a purpose and we must be about it. Declare His praises!