Getting Ready For - Part 3
A Meditation on Psalm 96
“For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens.” Psalm 96:4-5
To say that God is great is the best way we have of describing Him and yet even at its best it is inadequate because of our concept of greatness. We apply the same terminology to food, to acts of men and women in sports, or industry. It is the description of choice for the best in the Arts or others areas of human creativity. We use it for all sorts of mundane things that could never measure up to the true Greatness of God. Consequently to often our praise and worship of Him is merely on par or below par of how we praise other people and things.
How enthusiastic is the worship offered to
the Greatness of God by Christians in church on any given Sunday at any given church, any denomination or sect compared to the enthusiasm and general excitement expressed by many of the same Christians at the average little league, high school, college or professional sports event? How does the world’s expression of adulation and love for its idols compare to the Church’s expressions of worship and praise for the Greatness of God and the victory of Jesus Christ over death, hell and the grave for all eternity for everyone who will believe in Him?
Is God not more worthy than the most heralded or most popular sports, entertainment or political figures to be praised? Is He not to be feared above and before all men who would threaten us because of the enthusiasm or public expressions of our faith?
No mere human has a right to intimidate us into silence or to threaten us by violence or the judgment of unjust judges concerning our free expressions of the greatness of our God. God has called us to fear Him, first, only, and above all the gods of this world. They are nothing but idols.
He alone is the Creator of all things and He alone will bring things back into order. Our act of worship and Thanksgiving for His Greatness is to declare His glory to praise Him greatly! To live His life and His will in and through us with enthusiastic fervor, that the world will see Him in us and be saved.
In preparation for this Thanksgiving consider how you can be more of a beacon of praise for the Greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Goodness and Greatness of God the Father and the Goodness and Greatness of the Holy Spirit. Search the Scriptures for what you can find concerning The Holy Spirit, The Son and The Father and meditate on Him.