Tuesday, March 12, 2013

No Matter What, God Gets ALL the Praise

People are praising God in every positive thing they do and think and say, whether they realize it or not.

I remember seeing a scene in the film Julie & Julia where one of the title characters declares she loves the truth that, in this crazy, unpredictable world she finds it so wonderful and reliably comforting that one can always combine eggs and milk and sugar and cocoa and get a delectable confectionery mixture of creamy chocolate no matter what.  When she says what great solace she finds in that, I think to myself - that's God.  She's praising God and she doesn't even know it.  For it is GOD Who not only made all of the ingredients, but Who also created the reactive science within those ingredients to respond to and embrace one another in such satisfying culinary camaraderie.  True?  Yes, true.  She was praising God.

Unbelievers who are marvelously gifted photographers absolutely enthralled with and by the staggering beauty of nature's sunrises and sunsets... are praising God.  Aren't they?

Marine biologists who gasp at watching swaths of seawater close like curtains behind a blue whale's tail are praising God for the glory of His marvelous creation... for "God created great whales" also.  We know it don't we, brethren?  YES, we do!

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Mathematicians are glorifying God with every swirl of linear equations dancing in their heads.  The brainiac premises of true intelligence and loving friendship between a downtrodden genius and his psychiatrist in "Good Will Hunting" gave undeniable praise to the Powerful Holy One Who made the eye and the brain and hearts and feelings; Who fashioned cognitive thinking by taking thought within Himself, and birthed true emotions from the beat of His own noble and tender heart.  He is the true author of mathematics and binary technology and vision... but do those "Poindexters" even know it?

Chefs and painters, sculptors and anthropologists, astronomers and botanists and ophthalmologists... all are praising God.  Lawn doctors and Olympic athletes, mountain climbers and sightseers... those in love with bioinformatics and pathology, neurology, radiology, chemistry and entomology... ALL - by their very attitudes and appetites for all of these things - are praising our great and mighty God.

For thus says the Lord:
"Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion?  Can you bring out constellations in their season?  Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?  Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?  Can you set their dominion over the earth?"
"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you?  Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, 'Here we are!' ?  Who has put wisdom in the mind?  Or who has given understanding to the heart?  Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, when the dust hardens in clumps, and the clods cling together?"
O, HOW I LOVE THAT PASSAGE FROM THE 38TH CHAPTER OF JOB!  Hallelujah! That's our God, beloved! That's our God... the Almighty, All-Seeing, All-Knowing, and Ever-Wise God our Heavenly Father knows and does it all for the good of mankind, and lovingly causes His rain to fall on and relieve the just and the unjust.  Who among all the fallible, puny, laughable, so-called 'gods' of mankind's folly can hold even the spark of a match to our MAGNIFICENT MAJESTIC KING OF ALL UNIVERSES?  Who?

No one, that's who.

And every time any good or perfect thing comes out of the mouths of anyone in the realms of human or spiritual existence...  they are praising our Great and Mighty Everlasting, All-Merciful and Super-Splendid God. It happens every day and will continue forevermore. Jehovah is His Name, and Yeshua is His Son.  The very Breath of Yahweh (Holy Spirit) indwells us, and The Three in One will receive the mega praise due Them from every living thing in existence, whether they know so or not.  For it is written:
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee to shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God."  (Romans 14:11)
I just love that.

Daddy's Girl

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)