All Praise

“Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise! Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds…All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.’”

(Psalm 66:1-4)

This Scripture tells us that all the earth seems preoccupied with worshipping the Creator – each field of lavender or farmland sprouting wheat is a celebration of his perfect design and choreographed beauty.

Every swallow soaring overhead, buttercup beaming in the midst of a grassy meadow, and frothy wave slapping the rocky seashore sound as if they are an obedient shout of joy to the God of all the earth.

The honeybees’ ballet or hummingbird’s wing-flapping dance are extensions to the Creator of the “glorious praise” he so deserves. Mountain peak majesty, coral reef breathtaking splendor, and river-water splashing transparency are loud decrees that our God is in charge of the entire astonishing production.

The wind whipping through the tops of trees is rustling up a chorus of praise. Water prancing along winding streams, morning stars, midnight blackness, brilliant moonbeams and torrential rain dropping from dove-gray clouds – each one should focus our attention on adoring him, too. 

What’s our excuse? What blinds us to his brilliance and his grandeur at every turn? How could we choose to overlook his grand design that illuminates his flawless character?

All the world gives testimony to, “Come and see what God has done” (Psalm 66:5), and “Come and hear, all you who fear God” (Psalm 66:16).

Let’s not ignore their prompts or be indifferent to the gifts he displays for us.

The psalmist reminds us that such devotion is vital in the eyes of God. “The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me” (Psalm 50:23). May this be the year when we become far more grateful and more deeply aware of his goodness. Regardless of where we are or what we have been asked to bear, may our worship be a sacrifice of praise that surpasses the cry of creation and brings him the glory he so rightly deserves.

Elizabeth A Mitchell

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