I love parties. I love attending parties and throwing parties. I love the games, the fellowship, the food, and the entertainment of parties. I love the festivities. I love throwing theme parties the best!
I hosted the July Fourth party this year. The theme was Freedom. I set up "breakout/escape" rooms with fun clues to open a lock. That was one of the funnest parties I have ever hosted.
But I have to confess that sometimes I throw terrible, ungodly parties. I am not talking about parties with beer or parties with worldly music and such. These parties I throw, though, are carnal and are wicked. I hate it when I realize I have thrown one of those parties. It breaks my heart even more when I realize I have sent out invitations to those parties. (If I send you an invitation to those parties, please respectfully decline to attend.)
Every day, you and I send out invitations to one of two parties. We may not realize we do it. Both parties have the same theme: praise.
The first party has self at the center. When we boast of our accomplishments and talents, we send out an invitation for people to come to a party to praise us.
The second party has the Jesus as the focal point. When we give Him the glory He is due, we send out an invitation for people to join us in praising Him. You know who will attend the second party? Humble people who love the Lord. They love those parties!
Psalm 34:2 "My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."
When you hear me say, "To God be the glory," I have just sent you an invitation to a Praise Him party. Join me! Let's exalt Him together.