Sarah Francis Martin is a wife, mother, friend, mentor, author and wanna be artist. Shehas a passion to encourage women to make Jesus famous in every part of life. She is the author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous (Thomas Nelson 2012). Sarah's relevant and conversational style will invigorate readers to live rise up off the couch of complacency live with faith-filled purpose for the renown of Jesus . When Sarah is not typing away at her laptop you can usually find her getting her hands messy with craft paint. Check out more at www.liveitoutblog.com.
Where Credit Is due
Today let's keep the feast simple. No, it won't lose it's impact yet it will reinvigorate our perspective. In a moment, after you read this I'm going to ask you to shut the lid to your laptop or slid the off screen or do whatever you have to do to disconnect for just a bit from your technology of choice. Not yet, though. We have some pressing in to do before we pour out...literally out.
In the following Scripture, do you see some key words? All (all creation!), saints (holy people), bless (bless Him!), thanks (a form of blessing!).
All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, And Your saints shall bless You. (Psalm 145:10 ESV)
All creation will stand in awe of You,O Eternal One. Thanks will pour from the mouths of every one of Your creatures; Your holy people will bless You. (Psalm 145:10 THE VOICE)
This verse reminds me of when Jesus makes an amazing point. It is the great Triumphal Entry before Easter where the crowd declares, "Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” But then a Pharisee, one who attempts to squelch the joy of the occasion encourages Jesus to stop them. Can you imagine? Jesus responds...
I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out. (Luke 19:40)
I've always read this verse and thought: Oh No! Let us not leave it up to the rocks!
All of creation speaks of the goodness of God. Our God is creative and impressive and infinitely wise. He made this earth with us in mind to enjoy and revel in and He is still involved in this creation. Though, some see God as the One holding the snow globe type earth and admiring His creation from afar. Let's praise God, bless Him for holding us in His mighty hand with intricate involvement. Oh we see His handiwork everywhere if we choose to look, really take notice.
He is so very due praise and honor and blessing that if we, as the crown of creation, neglect our duty (pleasure filled duty), creation itself will fill in the gap.
Oh let us give credit where credit is due!
Pour Out and Pour Forth
Will you go out with an open heart to investigate God's glory all around you? We don't have to live in the middle of a beautiful farm or stand in a bountiful garden to see it. There is glory to be found in cities, at school, on the commuter train...in interacting with His people. Living to intentional engage with God's creation regardless of the location is worship in and of itself.
Breath it in
Breath it out
Give God the credit due His name.
Leave it NOT up to the rocks!