Man’s purpose in this life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism Q.1). What does it mean to “glorify God”? How do we “enjoy Him”?
For starters, by glorifying God we are not adding to Him anything, as if He was lacking in something and needed it from us. We glorify God when we praise and worship Him for who He is. We bring glory to Him when we live a life that points others to Him. Everything we do, big or small, must be done with this purpose in mind.
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)
By glorifying God, we are able to enjoy Him, both in this life and in the one to come (forever). We now enjoy spiritual communion with God as we enter into His presence in worship. When we glorify God in our lives, we are able to fully enjoy Him and the many blessings He provides.
“In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” - C.S. Lewis
We should filter all our actions and choices through this filter: “Will God be glorified in this choice? Will doing this (or not doing this) cause me to enjoy Him more?”
Glorifying God and enjoying Him forever is the real purpose-driven life.