Panoply of Praise

The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.

“Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD!
For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together,
old men and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near to him! Praise the LORD!”
(Ps 148)

As I am read this chapter and all the creatures and entities referred to, and I see that everything is commanded to praise God and everything worships, I draw this conclusion: God loves variety. In fact, He probably prefers it. He must absolutely love the differing ways His creation glorifies Him.

Do you think a turtle worships God the same way a comet does? Do you think a tornado brings glory to God in the same way a gerbil will? Do you think a flower will honor God in the same way that a snowflake will? Answer: no.

Every part of God’s creation worships God in a different way. They bring their own talents and abilities and giftedness to the table of worship.

And that most certainly should carry over into how we worship Him as well. There are very few parameters for how we worship God (e.g., worship in spirit and truth in John 4:23).

If clapping is your thing, clap. If running fast is your thing, run as fast as you can. If singing old hymns without instruments is your thing, do that. If rapping theological poems is your thing, do that. Whatever it is, worship Him. With variety, worship God. He expects a wide variety and array of worship; He expects a panoply.

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