There are times when I look out the window into our backyard and I am amazed at the creativity of our God. The variety of birds that come to the bird feeder and to the birdbath is wonderful, and it just comprises a miniscule sampling of the birds that He created for His world.
Some are so graceful and fast that our eyes cannot take in their flight unless it is captured in slow motion.
Others blend in with the surroundings, but they always seem to appreciate the shelter from the snow!
The cardinal is young and is not yet fully colored, but he will be a brilliant eye-catcher when he is older!
Some are dusty colored and demure in their plumage, but they create such beautiful music with their cooing and rustling feathers when they take wing!
Some are bright in their coloration, and they shine in the sunlight.
Each kind of bird brings his own beauty, sound, and sight to the yard. The variety of colors and of sounds from the numerous birds, both visible and hidden in the trees, brings to my mind the description that God gives of His people and His church.
By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
“so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In the book of Revelation, John records the vision that he had of the end times, of the church and of the activities in heaven. In chapter 5 at verses 9 and 10 we read:
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” [Emphasis mine]
Then, to top it off, that same chapter states in verse 13:
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” [Emphasis mine]
Imagine the sound as millions of voices join in the same song of praise.
Even now, I get chills when a choir powerfully sings of God’s grace and His love. I cannot imagine the glorious euphony that will be raised when all of us are praising God through song, even those whose voices on earth sounded more like a “caw” than a “chirp”!
Scripture clearly states that through Christ’s blood and his sacrifice, He ransomed us as a people for God, and this group of people is comprised of Christians from around the world, encompassing “every tribe and language and people and nation”. This means that we will worship in different ways and we will sound different in our language, but the meaning will be the same – our God and our Savior will be praised, adored and glorified.
Some may worship in grand and glorious cathedrals.
Others may worship in a wood frame church in the mountains.
Just as the creatures in nature are not clones of each other, we are not going to look alike. Just as each creature has its own unique sound/language, we do not all have the same language. But if the God who is worshiped in each of these places is the God of the Scripture, the God who sent His Son to save His people from their sins, all of these folks will join together in one glorious song of praise to the King of Kings, now and for all eternity.
So, why wait until heaven?
Start now – praising the Lord for His glorious creation. Praising the Lord for His wondrous works to the children of men. Praising the Lord for His sovereignty and providence. Praising the Lord for His grace and mercy towards his people through salvation from their sins. Praising the Lord in song or by making a joyful noise. Praising the Lord in your heart and in your soul, as you remember all His kindnesses and mercies showered upon you each moment of every day.
David put it quite succinctly, repeating the imperative throughout the Book of Psalms:
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
Father, I thank You for your grace, mercy and love as is evident in your creation that is all around us. i thank You for your Spirit that dwells in each believer in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I praise your holy name for all the gifts and benefits bestowed upon me through no merit of my own, especially salvation through Jesus Christ. I thank You and praise You now, and forever more.