God’s Word to Us:
Psalm 113 teaches us that the Lord is to be praised all over the world, among every people group, and in every language. “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” That is, all day long and everywhere, as the sun brilliantly shines forth in blazing strength across the entire face of Earth, and as the world revolves to expose every people to its brightness, may the Lord in like manner be seen, known, loved, and praised by His people in every place. “The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens!” The scriptures teach us repeatedly that mute nature is not so mute, and the inanimate objects of the planet are often more animated than people when it comes to praising God. He is the LORD Almighty, the King of glory over all, and He deserves to be praised by everything that has breath. Even the trees clap their hands, the grasslands wave in praise, and the seas roar with jubilation surrendering to their Creator.
O Lord, we long to worship You this day. We aIso want to surrender our lives—past, present, and future—to You and Your all-wise administration. Invest our lives, breath, and blood in the ways and places You deem best. Let us be all that You made us to be and do all You made us to do. Pour us out as drink offerings; we give ourselves as living sacrifices. We worship You. All we want is ALL You want. What is it that is not being done that ought to be done that we could do, and if it were done, would result in greater advance of Your kingdom and greater glory to Christ? Show us and then grant boldness, open doors, and zeal to make it so, for Christ’s sake. Amen.