Created For Praise
There’s no denying that creation inspires awe and wonder. For those who believe, it’s a wonder of who God is and what He did with only His will and His voice. This is something that I find is easily experienced when flying. Looking out over the ocean, the clouds, the fields and rivers, it may sound weird but it leaves me with a massive respect for God. He is honestly just incredible! How on Earth did He do it??
But it also reminds of Luke 19:37-40:
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
When man was created, all of creation was given a hierarchal structure with humanity positioned on top. With scripture telling us that if we don’t praise, the rest of creation will, it helps explain our purpose and part of our responsibility as those who, through Christ, now have dominion over this Earth. We’re often told that we are created for relationship, with each other and with God; and that’s true. But Jesus doesn't say that if we don’t have a relationship with God, the rocks will start to talk to Him. He tells us that if we don’t praise, something else will and we’ll end up missing out on a fundamental part of our existence. A part that teaches us and empowers us to live like Christ.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3:
“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”
When we look at Christ's life, this is evident time and time again, culminating with the crucifixion and resurrection. At no point were His thoughts solely focussed on himself. Even when hanging on the cross awaiting His death, He looks down and forgives the soldiers; He reaches out with salvation to a thief beside Him; He draws together His mother and John, ensuring His mother is provided for and they both have comfort during a time of grief.
If we’re unable to praise and honour God simply because of who He is, irregardless or what He has or hasn’t done in our lives, we won't honour and elevate others above ourselves, irregardless or what they have or haven’t done in our lives. Everything begins with Him.
The long and short of it is that God is worthy of glory and praise, purely and simply because He is God. He doesn’t have to earn it; He doesn’t have to prove that He deserves it; and with the entire extraordinary universe existing and constantly expanding, He’s going to get it. All that’s left for us to decide is whether we’ll be the ones praising Him first, or does creation need to start it’s vocal warmups?