As a pastor, there are some questions that I hear all the time. One question that I am asked over and over is, “Why am I here?”
It seems that every generation asks this question in one form or another. In fact, the best answer I have ever seen was written almost 400 years ago. It is the first line of what we call the Westminster Catechism.
The Westminster Assembly was a collection of great church minds who gathered together to unify the churches of Scotland and England. They asked the question this way: “What is the chief end of man?”
In other words, they wanted to know what purpose life serves. We were created by a Designer who had a purpose in mind, so what is that purpose? If we can figure out the answer to that question, we will find the true meaning of life. So, what are we supposed to be doing? Why are we here?
The answer that they arrived at is this: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
With that in mind, look at how David completes this incredible poem: "And I will dwell in the house Lord, forever.”
God promises His people an eternal dwelling place with Him. In that place, the whole concept of time will be fulfilled. It will have served its purpose and it will be done away with. You and I will experience God forever. We will know God in a way that we never could here on this earth.
What will we be doing? We will be doing exactly what we were designed to do. We will worship our God and bring glory to Him. Look at this verse:
“...everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory.”
Isaiah is telling us that you and I are created to give glory to God. That is what heaven is all about and it’s what we are supposed to be doing right now. Do you want to live a life of meaning and purpose? Now you know how.
“When we’ve been there, ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun;
We’ve no less days, to sing God’s praise, than when we’d first begun.”
Amazing Grace ... forever. I'm looking forward to that! In fact, I’d better get started right now.