Why We Do the Things We Do


French psychologist Gustave Le Bon (1841-1931) once quipped, “The greater part of our daily actions are the result of hidden motives which escape our observation.”

Dr. Le Bon expressed in small measure what the Bible carries much further. Read carefully the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 118:24: “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Can you discern the Psalmist’s not-so-hidden motives for each day? What daily motives can we derive from this passage for us all? Can you see love for God and His people; thankfulness for the privilege of having access to God in worship; the resulting joy and gladness that will fuel the day ahead? I can see those motivating factors.


Additionally, this powerful and practical verse for daily living provokes three immediate questions which every Christian must eventually answer: (1) Do you see God as the Creator of every day? (2) When you get up each morning, are you able to rejoice at the beginning of a new day, determining to be glad in it?  finally, (3) What will motivate you to live for the next twenty-four hours?

Outside of everyone’s need for human sustenance, it is quite obvious what motivates the unbeliever to arise each morning: the pursuit of wealth, the desire to obtain a certain social standing, the goal to accumulate a “wish list” of perishable material possessions, etc. But, dear Christian, what really motivates you to be about your daily routine? The Psalmist says that foundational to all other motivations, the Christian should be motivated to live joyfully each day because the Lord has created it! However, the Bible does not stop at Psalm 118:24 when it describes what should motivate the child of God to arise and live each day.

It also teaches us that our motivation(s) to live each day should include: (1) a desire to please God [practically speaking (2 Corinthians 5:9) -- every believer is already pleasing to God positionally because of the shed blood of His Son, which covers every child of God]; (2) a readiness for the Day-of-Judgment, because we know that one day we will have to appear before the Judgment-Seat of Jesus Christ [2 Corinthians 5:10]; (3) a contemplation of our guaranteed future and safe arrival into Heaven’s blessed and glorious Kingdom [2 Timothy 4:18, “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”; and Jude 24, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy”].

Therefore, it is quite obvious that our daily motive(s) for living should be to live each day with an eternal perspective (2 Corinthians 5:1-8), and for the glory of God alone (1 Corinthians 10:31). May these “hidden motives” each day, be those which ignite us to live with God’s glory in mind through the exaltation of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, as we await seeing His face in Heaven (Revelation 22:3-4)!

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