Daily Devotion -Let the World Rejoice

When the children helped with worship during Advent, we had many of them dress up in costumes and come forward to worship Baby Jesus.  Jack, one of our young children, asked to wear his shark costume and his brother wanted to wear his narwhal costume.  Jack suggested that the sharks would certainly go and worship Jesus.  He is right.  All of creation praises!

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might
forever and ever!” – Revelation 5:13

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
    the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
    and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of every human being. – Job 12:7-10

The wild animals will honor me,
    the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
    rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people, – Isaiah 43:20

40 He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” – Luke 19:40

So how does a stone shout out praises to God?  I have never really heard a rock say anything.  I really see two possibilities.  First, there is a voice we cannot hear in our limited human hearing or maybe God would give voice at some point in history.  The other possibility is God created a world in perfect order and harmony and the best way we can praise is to act as God has created us.  The skies proclaim God’s authority when the brilliant sunsets sweep across the sky or rains fall to replenish the thirsty land.  The dolphins praise when they leap and jump in the seas.  The land praises when it produces food to sustain all of creation.  People praise when we act as though we were created in God’s image, loving, peaceful and kind, generous and understanding and forgiving.  My simple words of praise are often hollow, but when I am living as God created me, I am indeed showing my love of my Creator.

All creation praise the name of our God!