“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!”
Good Morning! It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in Central Minnesota! We’re expecting sunny skies with a high of 81 degrees and calm winds. Picture perfect unless you are flying kites! Birds are filling the air with their beautiful music. Everywhere you turn, life is bursting forth in song!
There are a couple of ways of looking at this. One is to enjoy nature for nature’s sake. Another is to rejoice in the Lord who made everything to worship him. There would be nothing without him. Everything turns to him in praise and song, even the trees. Why shouldn’t they? Yet man alone is the one creation, aside from fallen angels, who needs to be reminded of this fact.
The psalms are very helpful in this. Actually, the whole bible is. For today, however, let me give two examples:
Psalm 96:11-13 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Isaiah 55:12-13 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, and everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
You see, the Lord indeed is coming, soon, to make a full end to sin and wickedness. God has a purpose for it now, but one day he will mete out justice (lake of fire) for all the wrong done on this earth, from that day in the Garden to the very last sin committed. All that remains will be pure and holy. There will be no tears, no sorrow, no pain. The former things will have been forgotten. Instead, there will be joy and peace and love.
We don’t know a lot about heaven or eternal life. We do know that it’s beyond our comprehension, and that’s a good thing. Another good thing is that we don’t have to wait for that day when Jesus returns to enjoy him. For those of us who believe, he resides inside of us through the Holy Spirit. We also have fellowship with other believers with whom we will enjoy heaven together.
Then for today, cast aside all the cares of this world and look forward with all of creation to that day when he will return to make a footstool of his enemies and gather his church to himself! Sing for joy and praise to the Lord, who is good! Don’t worry about today because Jesus is coming, maybe even yet this morning!
We can also thank him for the mercy he has bestowed upon us. Apart from his saving grace, even the saved would still be his sworn enemies. We are part of something really big; something God is doing for us.
1 Peter 1:10-12 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Folks, this grace that is spoken of by Peter was part of the plan God had all along. Jesus was always part of the plan. He came to redeem his bride, those who believe. He told us about it through the prophets so we could not only know what’s to come but recognize things as they happen. At this moment of time, it is said that the next redemptive, prophetic event is what is called the Rapture.
He’s coming soon! And all creation knows it! So, enjoy the summer day not because it is comfortable and pleasant but because of him who created it! Don’t worship nature, worship the Creator! See how God’s creation sings to him? Today is a good day for us to sing, as well!
Father, let all creation sing! Amen!
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