Wednesday, May 15, 2013
1Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
2Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
3Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
4Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
5Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
6He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
(Psalm 148:1-6, King James Version)
It is fitting, as we near the end of this series of devotions called, "First Love," that the Psalmist calls all of creation to praise God. We do not often think about creation's praise to God, but we are reminded that not only do the angels praise God, but so do the sun, moon, stars, heaven of heavens, and even the waters above the heavens.
We think of praise as belonging to man, or maybe even men and angels, but we do not think of inanimate things, such as the trees, flowers, and mountains, praising God. Yet they do! Just by their very existence they bring praise to our great Creator who has given us such lavish and extraordinary beauty and abundance. From the tiniest of cells only visible through a microscope to the highest of the mountains on this earth, we are struck by the great diversity and beauty of God's creation.
Why? Why did God create such diversity? He created such diversity out of His great love for man. Not only did He create man, but He created an extraordinary world in which to place man, giving him the command to take care of it, and take dominion over it.
It is interesting to note, that whether man ever gives the honor and praise due to the Lord, the creation knows its Creator. The birds sing praise to God, the fish of the sea glory in Him, the sun, moon, and stars, manifest His glory, and even the smallest of creatures cry out to Him in their time of need.
How can we, as mankind do any less? How can we live in this world day after day and not see the glory of God revealed, not only in His great creation, but also how can we not see the millions of ways in which He is constantly watching over us and caring for us? As His children, how can we not see the ways He constantly cares for our souls, and keeps us from the power of Satan which would devastate us in a moment, but for the continual watch care of our great God and King.
So, like the angels, the sun, moon, and stars, the heavens of the heavens, and the waters above the heavens, let us praise the name of the Lord, for He has established us forever; He made a decree which shall not pass!
God Bless You,