Monday, August 23, 2010

I Can Praise God And Not Praise God

Ask the earth and the sea, the plains and the mountains, the sky and the clouds, the stars and the sun, the fish and animals, and all of them say, "We are beautiful because God made us." This beauty is their testimony to God. ~ Augustine of Hippo

These objects have no choice but to worship. They are created by God, but not in His image - not with a will, an ability to choose. And now, involuntarily, creation is subjected to a curse because of our sin. Yet, even cursed by sin, it accomplishes its purpose - the praise and glory of God. We are not earth or sea, plain or mountain, sky or cloud, star, fish, or animal. We are created in the image of God, meaning that we have been given a mind and a will. Sadly, outside of the devil and the demons, we are the only things in creation that do not praise Him.

We are the only ones who can enter a house of worship and refuse to lift our voices in praise. We are the only ones who can look at the purple, red, orange, and yellow hues of a sunset and fail to praise the Creator. We are the only ones who can sit down to a meal and mumble a meaningless prayer without even thinking of the good God-given gifts of food, and table, and roof over our heads. We cannot praise God and not praise God. Woe to us when we excuse our silence because of a pitchless voice or a shy spirit. Woe to us when we remain silent because we do not like "the song." Woe to any who refuse to lift their voice in praise and thanksgiving to the God who gave us our voices, and the will to use them or not. And, praise be to this God who made us with the full knowledge that most would fail to follow Him, and more still would fail to offer Him the praise and thanks due Him.