Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday - Psalm 148 - If Dragons Can Praise God

hen I think of praise, I think of a holy and pious devotee with his head and knees bowed and his hands raised in adoration. I think of children singing simple choruses loudly with wide mouths and knit brows indicating their intense effort. I think of an elderly grandmother with tears on her cheeks, a smile on her face and a hankie clutched tightly. I don't envision a komodo dragon, a dinosaur, a crocodile or an alligator. Yet, in this psalm, among the many other animate and inanimate objects that are supposed to bring praise to God, the ancient poet included... dragons.

It's certainly hard to imagine the mythological dragons of lore using their "evil power" to praise God.  And indeed, that great red dragon, the devil is not likely to willingly offer any praise to God. Yet some dragons must... or should. As should (according to this psalm) angels, armies, the sun, the moon, the stars, space, waters, oceans, fire, hail, snow, fog, wind, mountains, trees; beasts and birds; kings, princes and judges; men, women, boys and girls; young and old; saints and sinners... we all owe God a debt of praise because of who He is. So, let's all praise Him. Come on, don't let the dragons outdo you. If we don't praise Him, someone or something else will. Even if God has to resort to using the rocks on the ground, He will be honored by His creation (Luke 19:40).  Praise Him! Do it now. Do it voluntarily. Do it while there are benefits. Don't wait until it is involuntary; when you will worship but reap no blessing from it (Philippians 2:10-11).

No comments:

Post a Comment