“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4
“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
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.[a]
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.” Psalm 148:1,3-13
Three stars, one the brighter leader of the twins perfectly placed behind, shine glory to the One who made, named, and sustains them. Birds fill the cool air with trills, chirps, cheery whoops and tweets. Palm fronds softly whish, strummed by wind that carries the intoxicating fragrance of gardenia blossoms. Profuse orchids cascade gracefully, with snowy splendor, from tree branches. A rose-tinted grey splotch of cloud slowly dissolves in dawn’s increasing light, adding music to the voluminous symphony of praise this morning. Even the wind chimes, man-designed and crafted from earth’s metal, add their harmony to the rejoicing fresh air. My heart leaps to join the exaltation.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
We are each one part of this creation that exists through and for Jesus. He who gave us life calls us to sing ongoing praise with every breath. We see, hear, smell, feel, taste the praise of all around us. How will we add to the orchestra in extolling our mighty, worthy Creator? (Isaiah 43:7; Hebrews 1:3)
What sounds of cheer or gentleness, words of hope, encouragement, or consolation for others, or melodies of rejoicing will I sing? What color and sweet fragrance do I add to conversation and the atmosphere of my home or space? How will I bless my Lord by adorning His reputation, radiating His love, spreading His grace, exclaiming His favor, promoting His worth? In what specific ways do I shine and spread abroad His excellencies, that others recognize His greatness? (1 Corinthians 14:3; 2 Corinthians 2:15-16; Colossians 3:16)
My Lord Christ, daily tune my heart to sing unceasingly, through all my moments, to the praise of Your glory.