How many people do you know who live with open, childlike wonder at the greatness of God? It would seem that these are severe days for many; lock-jawed with grinding teeth, they seem to be satisfied with surviving another day with a sense of joy equal to that of a man who has removed a splinter from his palm rather than a sinner who has had his guilt removed from his soul. Others live their days aloof and indifferent, focused on things and accomplishments and events which have little value beyond the here & now. Even in our churches most of the weekly chatter is absent of joyful proclamation of the majesty of Christ and the beauty of His Father. Christians babble about television and traffic, politics and parties…struggles and sadness. Every now and then a Spirit-filled believer pipes up and stands among the brethren with constant and easy-flowing praise, focusing on things above the earth and outside of time. Unfortunately, this type of Christian can cause others to feel awkward so they are not fully appreciated nor heartily embraced.
We have come to the point of tolerating radical, praise-dripping saints but we no longer wish to emulate them. They are oddballs, relics of a generation when things were less complicated and sophisticated. We find their praise quaint but impractical. Truth be known, their zeal is often squelched…and they become just like us.
I’m personally hoping for a renaissance of vibrant praise-warriors. Churches are familiar with the term prayer-warriors – those who endeavor in intercession and petition whose lives are marked as such – but who can name a praise-warrior? Why is it that prayer is highlighted and emphasized at the expense of an equal focus on praise? God does not need anything and that includes the hearing of our praise. Yet the fact that He does not need it cannot eclipse the realities that He is worthy of it and has commanded it. He inspired His own psalmist to say of Him in Psalm 70:4, “May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You! May those who love Your salvation say evermore, “God is great!”
God doesn’t merely want us to know that He is great. He wants us to tell it. The verse above tells us how to be (rejoicing and glad in Him), presents an issue to be examined (do we love His salvation?) and gives us an action to fulfill (say all the time that God is great). I’m going to give you an opportunity today to do exactly that. Take five minutes of your time in the comment box below and tell of God’s greatness to you. It is likely today that you will have dozens of conversations which may not afford you the chance to magnify Him in praise for His greatness unto you. Do it now while the moment is before you. Remind us of how He is great and let us magnify the Lord together. I’ll start us out:
God is great to me in that He is unspeakably patient when I am not triumphing in repeated areas of weakness. He is not fed-up with me but relentless in compassion and grace. He has taught me how to fear Him without being afraid of Him. In this, my God is great.