1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!
4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.
6 He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.
When the people in Jerusalem hailed Jesus on Palm Sunday, they shouted with great praise to Him, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna!” So great was their praise that the Pharisees told Jesus to tell them to stop. In essence, they thought that Jesus was not worthy of such praise and that He, knowing this, should stop them. Jesus response to the Pharisees is a favorite of mine. He said, “I tell you the truth, if these would cease their praise, the very rocks and trees would immediately cry out.” (in praise)
I have wished that just for a moment the people would have ceased praising Jesus so that we could have record of the rocks and the trees verbally proclaiming praise and glory to Jesus, their Creator. If rocks and trees and sun and moon, and stars of heavens and waters above and below were to proclaim praise to their Creator we would be in awe. Perhaps those who believe in an evolutionist theory, hearing all of nature proclaim Jesus as their Creator, would have second thoughts. Perhaps those who think the earth or the sun or nature are all gods at some level would hear them all proclaim Jesus as Lord and King, would have second thoughts.
Well, in the Psalmist mind, these objects of nature all do proclaim the praise of their Creator. We must join with all nature in praise and honor of our Creator, our Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are stuck in the Midwest today. It is winter and it is cold. But then, that is the season. We have been a bit spoiled of late with warmer temperatures but the reality is that it is the Midwest and it is winter. Thank God for His faithfulness to His seasons all of which have a part in what God planned and does.
I heard someone say that the American people, through the election process, are looking for someone to make their lives better, a savior, of sorts. How sad that all of the current candidates are incapable of being that savior. In reality, people are looking for Jesus Christ who will come one day and will rule and reign in righteousness, justice, and mercy. He will not be elected but will just take over and every knee will bow to Him. Until then we only have the best that men can offer.
Yesterday I posted two recent sermons on the church website.
Have a great day in the Lord,