The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what do you take? 1, 2..
Take this: Praise Him before the stones take your job! (Luke 19:40)
If we, the only creation created in His image refuse to exercise our free will to praise Him, the rocks will! The rest of creation understands its purpose so why do we forget?
In 1 Chronicles 23:30 David designates 4000 just to be the worship team in the temple of the Lord! Must be important! Verse 30 says, …stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord…then to do the same in the evening. EVERY morning, not just the ones going well for us, and according to our own life map. EVERY morning encompasses even those taking place in the valley of the shadow of death.
But how can we do that? Why? Psalm 22:3 because He inhabits the praises of His people. In the midst of what seems like valley of the shadow of death we praise Him because He promised He is Emmanuel (God WITH us) and all His promises are true! As long as He is on His throne (and He is… forever) we don’t have to understand the way, or the why to praise Him in our uncertainty. As long as we aren’t grabbing for the steering wheel of our life, as long as we allow Him to have His way and be the driver, we can trust Him to fulfill His promise and get us to paradise in the end. John 14:2-3 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
The road may be long, hard, and confusing but we know where it leads, so along the way we can praise the One who has promised to walk this road with us. So tell those rocks, not today! Today, I’M going to praise Jesus!
Independent Read: Romans 1:21, Isaiah 55:9, Psalm 23, John 3:16
59, 60. GO!