What is the meaning of life? A question asked so often it has become the cliche of cliches. The Bible provides a simple answer though.
Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me. – Psalm 119:175
Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made. – Isaiah 43:7
Simply put, the meaning and purpose of life is to give glory to the God that created us. He didn’t have to create us, but he chose to do so because he wanted to be praised.
If we were talking about a man’s motivations, this would seem incredibly shallow and self centered. But this is God we’re talking about. Nobody deserves praise more than God. He doesn’t need our affirmation or vote of support to be God. He simply is. Yet, he enjoys our love and praise and revels in it.
The imperfect analogy is a parent and their children. The parent didn’t have to have children, but when they do, all they (typically) devote themselves to pouring themselves into taking care of those children and all they really ask for in return is to be loved by the children. All God wants from us is our love and worship.
Therefore, our purpose is to live our lives in a way that gives glory and worship to the Lord that created us. Because He deserves it and if we don’t “the rocks will cry out” in our place.