Every Living Thing Weeks 6-7: Praise and Choices
A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Jordan spoke and shared about how God calls us, through the Psalms, to praise God. Every living thing praises God. That includes us, but it also includes the sun, moon, stars, trees, flowers, birds, livestock, etc. A cow chewing the cud declares God’s praise. The snowcapped mountains declare His praise. Just because they exist, they are praising God. This means that our presence praises God as well. And as we enjoy the creation — when we see fall colors or appreciate falling snow or enjoy the cool waters of a lake, we are giving a voice to creation in praise of God. This is part of why it’s our responsibility to care for it. As we care for creation, we help it to glorify God.
This week, Pastor Dan talked to us about choices we make when it comes to creation and our relationship with Jesus. We saw a really helpful and informative video featuring Ken Lehman who works with the Red Deer Parks department. He gave us some practical ways we can get involved in creation care — water conservation, composting, adopting a Red Deer park, etc. Check out their website for more information on how you can get involved.
After the video, Pastor Dan pointed out how our sin affects creation. Isaiah 33 talks about the land withering and Hosea 4 speaks of the land in mourning in relation to the sin of the people. Romans 8 talks about how all of creation is frustrated and waits in expectation for its restoration.
I loved when Pastor Dan talked about the creation waiting on tiptoes for its liberation. When Christ returns and restores all things, creation will be made right. Do we wait in such eager anticipation of Christ’s return? For when all will be made new? What a glorious day that will be!
Most importantly, we must get right with God. We have to be reconciled to our creator through the shed blood of Jesus. He is the one who died for our sins–who took our place. And when we turn from our sin and decide to follow Him, this affects our choices — our relationships with family, friends, spouses, and the creation.
What are some choices you’ve made in order to be a part of the restoration God is bringing through Jesus?