As I sit at my kitchen table looking past the newly planted flowers on my patio to the bluebird on the fence to the hummingbird zipping by, I have just one comment. “Let heaven and nature sing” should not be sung only at Christmas. It sings even now as the wind causes the newly formed bright green leaves to dance and the ducks and geese float aimlessly about on the lake behind my house. How beautifully God conducts the song with crescendos of vibrant colors and the harmony of mockingbirds and frogs! (Got to have some bass going on!)
And what of us? Do we even stop to listen to the songs of praise earth is singing or take pause to consider and give thanks to the creator and conductor of the universe? The two verses from Psalms that follow clearly state that nature is taking every opportunity to praise God. But are we? Not just for the beauty we observe outside a window, but for God’s unconditional love, sacrifice and forgiveness…for the eternity He has prepared for us in Heaven.
“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Psalm 96:11-12)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
During the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, the Pharisees told Jesus to rebuke his disciples as they “praised God joyfully with loud voices.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (Luke 19:37-40)
Surely we realize that our voices, our loudest, strongest voices declaring our Heavenly Father’s praise are needing to be heard in the world today. There is a deafening commotion of hatred and sin and Satanic disharmony trying to drown us out. We need to cry out even more passionately in our praise and testimony. This is a job that cannot be left to the rocks as long as we have life and breath within us. And yet again, David reminds us in Psalms…
“Let every created thing give praise to the LORD, for he issued his command, and they came into being.” (Psalm 148:5)
And there we have it! Folks, in light of all that has been done for us in Christ, this should be one of the easiest things we have on our “to do” list…give Him all the honor and glory and praise He deserves! So SING with heaven and nature your praises! May the beauty of our voices drown out the off-key forces of evil and focus attention on our Heavenly Father! To God Be the Glory!