Let the earth bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever. (Daniel 3:74)
Most of us love to be outdoors, especially if we have spent a long time stuck at home or cooped up in an office. There’s something in the natural world that revives our spirits. The beauty around us wakes up our senses in a way nothing else can. You could almost say that nature is speaking to us—but what is it saying?
Today’s reading gives us an answer. All of nature is blessing God. The rain and snow, light and darkness, all adore him. They tell us of his beauty, his power, his closeness, and his humility. If you just look outside for one minute, you realize how much praise is going on!
The difference between nature and us is that we have free will, and we can choose whether—and how much—to praise and glorify the Lord. Of course, we don’t always do this. Oftentimes, our thoughts are centered on ourselves, which can lead to a narrowing of our dreams and a lowering of our hopes.
But when we do glorify the Lord, something much more positive happens. We see how great and wonderful he is. We sense that he has us in the palm of his hand. We know that Jesus has redeemed us and that sin doesn’t have to have power over us. We are more connected to our heavenly Father, and we want to serve him more fully. We become more alive because we’re in touch with the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts. The joy and confidence we feel tell us that this is the way we were made to be—“God-centered” and not self-centered.
Today, try to devote some time to thanking and praising God. Don’t just thank him for the blessings he has given you. Thank him for the big blessings of forgiveness, redemption, and salvation. Praise him for his love. Adore him for his beautiful creation. Exalt him for his mercy. If you can’t come up with your own words, try praying with one of the psalms or singing along with a favorite hymn. Bless the Lord, and you will be blessed, for God lives in our praises (Psalm 22:3).
“Lord, I am amazed as I contemplate your glory. Thank you for your grace and blessing in my life. Thank you for your redemption!”~WAU