Thursday, October 14, 2010

Songs of Praise

Psalm 19:1-4 states, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." Did you notice how many words referring to sound are found in these four short verses? "Declare," "proclaim," "speech," "language," "voice," "words." How does that strike you? To me it says that there is a constant dialogue going on from earth to heaven and heaven to earth, "songs of praise!" We tend to think of praise sometimes in a limited way. The songs we sing as a body together or in our individual lives constitute in our minds praise to God. However, all creation is constantly praising Him in songs and words that we cannot hear with our human ears. The Scriptures are full of references exhorting creation to praise the Lord. Psalm 150 is a great example. In verse 6 the psalmist states, "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." Have you ever considered that the singing of the birds or the sounds other creatures make may be more than just communicating with their own species? What if among those sounds of nature there are interspersed praises to God? What is even more exciting is the Lord responds! One of my favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17 where there is rejoicing over the restoration to come for Jerusalem. "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (emphasis mine) Do you see that? God sings to us. Singing flows in both directions! There is an expression that says, "Music is the universal language." Given this constant serenade between heaven and earth, I say that music is the language of the universe. May you rejoice in knowing not only does God speak but He sings over you!
Be Blessed!
Pastor Sheree

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