Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Chaplain's Corner

Guest blogger, Chaplain Paul, is one of the most effective chaplains in America today. He is an emergency responder to every situation.

Hey, this is the Chaplain again.

The weather for the last few days has been unsettled and stormy around here. But even on the stormy days you can get up early in the morning, before day light and listen to the birds sing. It’s almost like they are trying to wake up the day. It’s like a cantata.

I was wondering, why do the birds sing like that so early in the morning, while it’s still dark and the storms are threatening? It’s almost as though they can’t help themselves. But then I remembered – they are just doing what God told them to do,
“Let every living, breathing creature praise God! Hallelujah!”
Psalm 150:6 (Msg.)

If only we could follow the divine directions half as well.

I remember when we lived out in the country and had a few chickens out in the yard. Early in the morning the rooster would start crowing – what in the world was that all about? Could it be Psalm 150, verse 6 again? Have you ever looked at the verses in the Bible that talk about nature praising God?
Ps. 65:13, “The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.”
Ps. 69:34, “Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them.”
Ps. 98:8, “Let the rivers clap their hands, Let the mountains sing together for joy.”
Isa. 44:23, “Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees.”
Rev. 5:13, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"

This is my prayer, “Oh Lord, may a song of glory burst out of me even as it does all of nature. May I ever praise You regardless of the circumstances. Amen.”



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