All Creation Sings His Praise
Let the skies rejoice and the earth be glad; let the sea and everything in it shout. Let the fields and everything in them rejoice. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy. Psalm 96:11-12
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17
I have been reading through the Psalms in 30 days, and am on my 10th time through. Over and over again, I am amazed at how often King David, the shepherd-musician turned King, talks about praise and worship. He often talks about the heaven’s and earth rejoicing.
Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life (Zondervan) paints this word picture for us:
Arnold Summerfield, the German physicist and pianist, observed that a single hydrogen atom, which emits one hundred frequencies, is more musical than a grand piano, which only emits eighty-eight frequencies.
Every single atom is a unique expression of God’s creative genius. And that means every atom is a unique expression of worship.
According to composer Leonard Bernstein, the best translation of Genesis 1: 3 and several other verses in Genesis 1 is not “and God said.” He believed a better translation is “and God sang.” The Almighty sang every atom into existence, and every atom echoes that original melody sung in three-part harmony by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Did you know that the electron shell of the carbon atom produces the same harmonic scale as the Gregorian chant? Or that whale songs can travel thousands of miles underwater? Or that meadowlarks have a range of three hundred notes? But the songs we can hear audibly are only one instrument in the symphony orchestra called creation.
Research in the field of bioacoustics has revealed that we are surrounded by millions of ultrasonic songs. Supersensitive sound instruments have discovered that even earthworms make faint staccato sounds!
Lewis Thomas put it this way: “If we had better hearing, and could discern the descants [singing] of sea birds, the rhythmic tympani [drumming] of schools of mollusks, or even the distant harmonics of midges [flies] hanging over meadows in the sun, the combined sound might lift us off our feet.” Someday the sound will lift us off our feet. Glorified eardrums will reveal millions of songs previously inaudible to the human ear.
Batterson, Mark (2013-09-24). All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life (Kindle Locations 1490-1501). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
My brother, if all creation is filled with praise today, how about you? Right where you are, you can break out in praise. Come on – are you bold enough? Brave enough? Go outside, look to the heavens and join all creation in praising Him. – Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 5-8
Think About This: In order to worship, this relationship with God our Father must be a reality in our lives, so that our worship is not dependent on the things that can be seen-the buildings, ceremonies, rituals and trappings of religion that can so easily become a substitute for a personal knowledge of God. Worship that depends on the externals for its existence is not real worship at all; true worship is what you have left when the externals are taken away. This does not mean that certain aids to worship are not valid and useful, but they are useless without the internal reality. Graham Kendrick
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20
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Amen to this praiseworthy message about praise. Even before I was saved, when Christmas was the most lonely and depressing time of the year for me, singing Christmas seasonal songs and hymns — sometimes for a couple hours straight through — would get me through December. Jesus made my joy complete and I no longer experience the seemingly
endless loneliness and despair, but my
wife and I sing one or two hymns or
praisesongs together every day. And
sometimes if I feel discouraged or
misgivings, as suggested in today’s
Freedom Fighter message, I will turn to
song for relief and deep reconnection with
my Savior. Yet, I never before connected this with Creation. So, I have now a better sense of the joyful ordering of the universe.