Friday, November 11, 2011

Not to Be Out-done.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, let the sea roar and all it contains. Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the forest and trees will sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. Psalm 96:11-13.

Recently my husband and I were blessed with the opportunity to attend a Chris Tomlin & Louie Giglio concert. If you have never heard of either, you are missing out. Chris Tomlin is an amazing Christian singer/songwriter and Louie Giglio is a highly anointed, on fire speaker/pastor/man of God. He has a passion for science & God's creations, and it is eye opening to hear him describe God's nature that is all around us, which most of us take for granted daily.

During this concert Louie showed video clips of different stars & constellations. They were beautiful & amazing, but did you know they make noise all the way up there? Louie combined the sounds of several different stars, even added the music a whale makes; low groaning, clicking & whistling. It was fascinating to hear all these noises orchestrated together to make one beautiful song. I felt like I was getting a glimpse of what God hears up in Heaven when he listens to his creation that never ceases praising him. It was beautiful.

And then as I was reminded of the bible verse in Luke 19 when the Pharisees told Jesus to 'get a grip' on his disciples that were shouting his praises. Jesus replied "I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones cry out." Luke 19:40.

At that moment during the concert, as I was listening to God's creation do what he created it to do; sing beautiful praises to his Holy name, something in my Spirit rose up. Over and over again my spirit spoke to my heart and said "Do not be out-done by a rock. Do not be-outdone by a rock. DO NOT BE OUT-DONE BY A ROCK!".

I had never thought about it that way before, but most days of my life I was letting myself be out done by a rock. Those little pebbles we walk all over were doing a better job of praising God than I was. In Matthew 6:26 Jesus tells us we are not to worry, because He provides for the birds of the air and how much more valuable are we to him than they? Oh how he longs for us to praise him even more than the birds of the air, the majestic mountains, and those little rocks at our feet. And I'm not just talking about the way I sing praises to God, although I do love to belt my little off-tune voice out while singing praises to Jeus in the privacy of my kitchen, r shower, or car. Everything I do, just like the rocks, should bring praise to god. I am talking about living a life that worships God.

I can recall one day a few months ago when I was right in the middle of disciplining my children and God spoke to me 'worship me with your discipline'. Wow, how I wasn't expecting that one. But what a difference it makes if I'm using even my discipline to worship God. I can't worship God with an angry, frustrated heart, and that doesn't lead to good discipline either. God desires that I train my children, but in a way that brings him Glory and gives them a glimpse of his love.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for the beautiful world you have surrounded me with. You put more detail and thought into a single rock than I can even fathom, and you deserve every ounce of praise your creation sings to you. Please grow this desire in my heart to out-do all of creation. I know how much more it pleases you to see your children praise you, your children whom you created in your image. I desire to live a life that is pleasing to you, and to never, ever be outdone by a rock. When I feel too busy to pray, too tired to serve you, too discouraged to care, or too frustrated to try, help me remember that you created me for so much more; you created me for you.
In Jesus name,