February 17, 2016 – Psalm 96:11-13

Psalm96-11-13bLet the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth. Psalm 96:11-13Hallowed be thy Name.  (Holy, Sanctified, Consecrated is God’s Name.) Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:9-10.  Jesus tells us to begin our prayers in this way.We have examples of praise and adoration of our Lord God all around us.  Have you ever seen a sad flower or tree, or a bird singing in a minor key?  No, they rejoice and praise their maker as long as God allows them to live.The lyrics to a song I used to sing include, I think I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree.  A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed, against the earth’s sweet flowing breast.  And lifts her leafy arms to pray…I heard someone say, that when we adore something more than God, such as a job or a position in society or a possession or we are consumed with worry the problem is adoration.  We are not giving God praise, recognizing him as our living Father in Heaven before we present our ‘gimme’ list.We often say we are ‘worried about….’ When we truly listen to ourselves, those worries we voice say  we don’t trust God our Father to take care of us.  Our adoration for our Lord who created the world and watches over us is absent.  We have an adoration problem and compounded by a trust problem.  When a tree bends in the wind, it allows itself to be bowed down before its Creator in adoration.  My prayer is to remember where my adoration and trust and love lie…at the foot of our Lord God.Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly. Psalm 96:9-10