February 8, 2015

All Creation Is To Praise God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them.  (Psalms 69:34)

Our minds stretch pathetically in feeble attempts to grasp the ungraspable vastness and majesty of God’s creation.

Honest, inquiring minds are driven to ask “How?” David is inspired by God to answer.

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalms 33:6-9)

Those who “stand in awe” pondering David’s answer, proceed naturally to the next question, “Why?”

I doubt that we will ever understand the full purpose of creation, but at least one purpose is that all things created should praise the Creator. This theme occurs often in Scripture, especially in the Psalms.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork. Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness. There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard. Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon. (Psalm 19:1-4 NET)

Let the sky rejoice, and the earth be happy! Let the sea and everything in it shout! Let the fields and everything in them celebrate! Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy (Psalm 96:11-12 NET)

All he has made will give thanks to the LORD. Your loyal followers will praise you. They will proclaim the splendor of your kingdom; they will tell about your power, so that mankind might acknowledge your mighty acts, and the majestic splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. (Psalm 145:11-13 NET)

Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also established them forever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: (Psalm 148:1-10 KJV)

The Pharisees were upset because Jesus’ disciples began to “praise God” and Jesus who came in His name. Jesus responded by describing the necessary, undeniable, irrepressible implication if men did not open their mouths praise God.

…the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God  joyfully with a loud voice for all the  miracles which they had seen, shouting: “BLESSED IS THE  KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out! (Luke 19:37-40)

Yet even though the whole creation — in its awe-inspiring design and stunning beauty — gives continual praise to its Creator, men have dishonestly denied the undeniable and perversely turned the truth wrong side out.

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, … (Romans 1:25)

We are often bewildered by it all. “What’s it all about?” David understood the defiant rebellion of the wicked and the profoundly significant, inherent obligation of the righteous. His grasp of the purpose of creation is seen in the concluding words of his last Psalm.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalms 150:6)

 

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