1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
2sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
4 All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.”
The whole earth is called upon to shout for joy to God. How easy it is to lose sight of the wonders of God. And how gracious He is to keep reminding us through the Scriptures that His wonders are everywhere to be found and should strike us with awe.
Every call to worship, every command to give God glory, every memory of the greatness of His power, His works, His favour, are all reminders of how prone we are to turn inward and live as if we were the centre of the universe.
And they are the words of God to us that He remembers that we are dust and need to be constantly brought back out of ourselves into the glories that He is. But even in examining the wonders of God there is the temptation to become self centered.
We are right to see the glories of creation as being there for us to enjoy. But we are very wrong to believe that all God gave great wonders for was us to have enjoyment. The great wonders of nature exist to be enjoyed for the praise of God’s glory. Christians are people who see a great God behind every wonder of nature.
Why are we repeatedly told throughout the Scriptures to give God praise? Because we are so prone not to. Because we gravitate to idolatry. Because we value the gifts of God more than God who gives them to us.
We need to see the commands of God as something that grace has enabled us to do and which is far better than whatever else we were going to do and far better than looking down. Worship is a gift from God and it is a shameful thing that we miss the grace in the command to worship.
O Lord, thank you for allowing us, enabling us, reminding us and getting us back to that which if far better than what we would design for ourselves. What great grace we miss when we do not get into the Scriptures to find the grace that permeates every page.