For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
Search the Internet for news headlines with the word “praise” and you’ll find things like:
- Cordarelle Patterson Receives Ultimate Praise (He’s a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. Apparently, he’s doing really well.)
- Johnson & Johnson Praised (They’re pulling some products from the market that might be dangerous.)
- As Expected, Red Sox Fans Praise Cherrington (He’s the general manager, and made some good moves for the team.)
- Investors Praise Scripps, Journal Communications Deal (The two companies are merging broadcast operations.)
The world has no problem praising things that are remarkable. But there’s something – or more accurately, someone – who doesn’t rate nearly the level of praise that He’s due. Most often, God gets our leftovers, especially when times are “good.” When things are great, too many people tend to remember God not at all, and when they do, it’s rarely to simply give Him “His props.”
How many of these things have you done lately?
- Made a world.
- Created an animal.
- Produced water from thin air.
- Fed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a few fish.
- Raised someone from the dead.
- Raised yourself from the dead.
- Etc., etc., etc.
God has done all of those things (including all of the miracles performed through Jesus), and yet we tend to only remember Him when we need something. Most of the time, we should really just thank Him for being who He is, and for being awesome and incredible.
This week, start each day with a time of praise for the Lord. God wants you to pray to Him and definitely hears your requests, but He’s deserving of our worship, praise and adoration simply for being God.
Reflection copyright © 2015 Doug DeBolt
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