Thursday, May 16, 2013
Out of this World
7Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:
8Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:
9Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:
10Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:
11Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:
12Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
13Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.
14He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.
(Psalm 148:7-14, King James Version)
Out of this World
As we finish Psalm 148, we note that the Psalmist continues his great Psalm of praise to the Lord God. Calling the sea creatures, fire, hail, snow, rain, and wind, as well as mountains, hills, trees, beasts, creeping things, and flying fowls, and ending with kings of the earth and all people to praise God, he says, Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. Being creatures of this earth, we do not often think in God's realm, but His realm is literally out of this world!
Though He maintains our world, God is not limited by our world as we are limited. Oh, we may have made great strides in our space exploration, but what is that compared to God who created it all? Stars that we cannot even yet see are already named by God! He knows every star, every planet, and even every comet that exists now, has ever existed, or will exist in the future.
It is good for us to take some time to think on these things, for we are so consumed by our every day lives, that we do not often take the time to step back and look at the bigger picture. Truly, we are but the dust of the earth in the eyes of God. All of our supposed greatness pales to nothingness in comparison to our great and truly awesome Creator God!
The Psalmist calls us all to praise the Lord, yet how seldom, except maybe in a worship service, do we actually take the time to just praise God for all He is and all He has done on our behalf. Why is this? Perhaps we view ourselves as being too busy. Just imagine, we are too busy to take the time to praise our great and wondrous God who has done so much for us.
Regardless of our political views, would we be too busy to take the time to visit with the leader of our country. If we received word that he or she was coming to our house to visit with us, would we send our hurried excuses? Would we claim to be too busy? Yet that is often what we do to God.
I would challenge each of us to take 5, 10, or even 15 minutes of quiet, alone time to just praise God. If we find that we cannot think of enough things to say, and yet there is still time left, how about just quietly pondering God's great and awesome nature? If we believers would seriously set aside 5 minutes a day to just praise God, it would change our lives forever!
God dearly loves to fellowship with His children. That quiet time would become so precious that we would find ourselves neglecting all else just to have that time with our Lord. Yes, God is not like us; He is truly out of this world, because He is above this world in every way we can imagine.
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,