by Jeff Strite

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Making God Smile (3 of 8)
Series: Purpose Driven Life
Jeff Strite
Psalm 51:15-19

OPEN: (I went up on podium with t-shirt and tie that my two children had bought me for my birthday)
A week ago last Wednesday was my birthday.
My daughter bought me this tie (with Jesus on a blue background), and my son picked out this t-shirt (with a lion and Jesus and the message: "King of Kings"). These are nice gifts. My kids were proud to pick out special things to give me for my birthday and I was proud to wear them to JAM (our mid-week elementary school youth program) and to church.

But now - was it the gift that pleased me so much?
Did I REALLY need another tie? Heavens no. I have 20 or 30 in my closet at home - and I can only wear one at a time.
And t-shirts... I've got all kinds of t-shirts. T-shirts with a message on it like this one and t-shirts with paint on them.

And don't you think that I could have gone out and bought these for myself? Well, yeah. In fact, truth be told... where do you think they got the money from to buy these gifts?

But... my children got me these gifts to please me... they wanted to make me smile.
My point is this: It wasn't the gifts that gave me pleasure... (I didn't really need them) it was - the attitude of their hearts. And, because their heart was right... the gift gave me pleasure.

The others sermons in this series are:
1. Irreplaceable - Genesis 1:24-31
2. Shaped to be a Servant - Ephesians 2:3-10
3. Making God Smile - Psalm 51:15-19
4. Formed to be Friends of God - John 15:9-16
5. Adopted for a Purpose - Ephesians 1:3-14
6. A Purpose Filled Love - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
7. Purpose Driven Worship - Romans 12:1-8
8. Purpose Driven Strength - 2 Corinthians 12:1-10

APPLY: Psalm 51 introduces us to a similar idea
People (in that day) bro't gifts to God ...burnt offerings and various kinds of sacrifices to the altar. They would do this to bring pleasure to God they wanted to make God happy!

I. But the psalm ...

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