Thursday, February 8, 2018
There is nothing that stimulates and revitalizes me more than being out in the splendor of God’s creation. I am closest to God when I am closest to the simplicity and beauty of His creation that is unspoiled by man.
With that in mind, read what the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 148:
Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created.
He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and maidens, old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the LORD.
I know it is the dead of winter right now, but I challenge you to take every opportunity you have to praise God in the midst of nature.
Earlier this week, as I walked up my driveway after placing the garbage can by the road, I looked up into a crisp, cold, clear sky, and I stopped and praised the Lord. I beheld the infiniteness of God, praising Him that he is far beyond the billions of light years of distance to the farthest star.
I look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when I can sit in the warmth of the sun and praise Him for the gift of the Son that turned my cold heart of sin into a warm home for love.
I desire to sit by the shore of a lake and listen to the waves splash against the rocks, and while I consider the numerous forms of life that live there I will praise the Lord for His life that now lives in me because I have been washed with living water.
I look forward to watching as storm clouds rise in the west to bring thunder, lightning, and much-needed rain to a parched ground, and I will praise Him for the storms that come into my life that nourish my faith in His sovereign control.
In the fall I will observe the splendor of His creation from a tree stand while I contemplate Christ’s exalted position over it, and I will be humbled that it is simply a foretaste of the splendor of His presence, which I will behold someday face to face with my Lord.
Through our study of the Psalms I have learned an important lesson: every situation and circumstance of life is an opportunity to praise the Lord. Every experience of life is to be an experience of the presence of God.
No matter what life brings today, God is in control. There is no problem that is bigger than His compassion. There is no hardship that is greater than His strength. There is no good thing we accomplish that surpasses His grace and our need to trust Him.
Do not succumb to pity because of problems. Do not be puffed up with pride by prosperity. In all things, be pumped up with praise.
May every event and observation of your life today and every day lead you to praise.
Praise the Lord.