Praise the LORD from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Young men and women alike, old and young together!” vss. 7, 9, 10, 12Isaiah 61:10-62:3
The psalmist believed that everything in the universe had its origin in God and was of God, and that all things, whether in the heavens or on earth, offered praise to the Lord in its own peculiar way. And those who are alert to the nuances of the creation can see the truth in his convictions. All around us praise offerings can be seen and appreciated: from the play of kittens, to the beauty of an orchid, to the rich red Christmastide beauty of the bougainvillea’s. From the animate and the inanimate we see and hear the glories offered to the One who is all in all. Only among humans do we see a reticence to offer praise to the Lord for the wonder of life. Only among men and women do we see acts of pointless destruction and disdain for the environment. But not all are afflicted with that shortsightedness. Some among us do see, and are filled with awe at the great gifts bestowed by our Creator. Each day they see the glory of God made manifest in the world around them. And everyday their hearts are filled with joy at the great gift of being alive! And they gladly sing with the mountains and valleys, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
Thought for the Day: For what will I praise the Lord today?