by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2015
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Ps. 96:11-12)
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. (Ps. 98:7-9)
23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel. (Isa. 44:23)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. (Ps. 19:1-3)
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isa. 55:12)
7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. (Ps. 63:7-8)
17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zeph. 3:17)
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (Ps. 28:7)
16 But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. 17 You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. (Psalm 59:16-17)
All creation declares the glory of God. Vibrating with essence of Him which created it, creation reverberates back to Him the fact that in Him all creation lives, moves and has its being.
We are the only part of creation who can choose to declare His glory—to acknowledge His place in our lives and honor Him in it—or not. We are the only ones who can choose whether or not to be in His will—to be aligned with Him and what He desires to do in us and through us.
Oh, His place in our lives does not change when we choose to deny Him or ignore Him. However, He cannot work as effectively through us or bless us bringing goodness into our lives here and now as well as eternity when we do not give Him the place which He already has (He owns it).
In Him, by Him and through Him we also live, move and have our being. Without His will and power to complete it there is no life or LIFE for us. We choose. Today, will we declare His glory? Or not?
To declare Him can be done with words, but not necessarily. Actually often words are less effective than simply how we choose to life for and by Him. This is not necessarily focusing on the “thou shalt not’s”, as much as living in the recognized victory of the cross.
Translated out of “Christian-ese”, this means we know God is real. We know heaven is our forever home. We understand through Jesus death is no longer the end. We are freed from the world’s way of seeing ourselves, life and others. We are working to gain the Lord’s perspective. As we understand His eternal way more, we come to rest in who He is and what He promises. We receive His gifts of peace, love and even joy, which as we grow, we suddenly cannot stop from flowing through us to others. We find our purpose–our life’s purpose now through eternity.
Truly, we have our place in society where we work. However, our purpose is deeper and greater than just this temporal work in a temporal world. Our purpose is to be the reflection of Him in that place by our gazing at Him and letting His Holy Spirit work through us wherever this life takes us. His goal is that more will see Him.
We do not necessarily preach. We keep our eyes on Him, listen and obey. He does the rest. Through this He is glorified! This means people see Him instead of us because when we obey He as supernatural God causes things to happen which cannot be explained and cause the hearts of those around us to begin healing with His comfort and truth even as they sense an unfamiliar wonderful inner peace they do not understand and the first inklings of true joy. And if they ask, we can share the present hope and hope for the future we have found in Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit for every aspect of our life, now and forever.
What will you choose? Who will you trust? Can you do it on your own or will you acknowledge your need for Him to be there for you? Remember, He is whether you acknowledge Him or not. But when you do—He gets the glory. When you live for Him, through how we are in Him, with Him and through Him we are declaring His glory—sometimes most effectively with no words at all. We are joining with creation and singing high praise to the One we desire and who desires us.
This is the Kingdom of God perfect harmony constantly going forth and stretching from here to eternity which He has created where He sings over us as our Creator, Father and the One Who loves us and we and the rest of His creation sing back to Him. It is exquisitely beautiful. It is the rhythm of heaven come to earth and earth reaching up to heaven. We get to choose to be part of it! Isn’t His Way is magnificent?!
1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. 13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.
1 Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. 2 You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. 3 When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. 4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. 5 You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, 6 who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, 7 who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. 8 The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. 9 You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. 10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. 11 You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. 12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. 13 The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.
note: please forgive the non-traditional formatting of the included Scripture. I was unsuccessful getting the Scripture to format in the normal fashion utilizing wordpress for posting. ~ Elizabeth
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