“Those who live at the ends of the earth
stand in awe of your wonders.
From where the sun rises to where it sets,
you inspire shouts of joy.
…The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy!”
(Psalm 65:8, 13, NIV)
“He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”
(Luke 19:40, NLT)
Reading the passage in Psalm 65, it strikes me: Jesus does not need us to praise Him. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), and all of creation “shout and sing for joy” (Psalm 65:13).
Furthermore, He does not need us to do His will here on earth. He is more than capable of doing everything that needs to be done! If He wanted to, He could stop injustice, show Himself to others, and banish evil– and actually, He will do that (Revelation 19). But He chooses to use us. He chose to create us, and implant within us a deep, soul-level yearning to know and praise Him.
This makes God look selfish… but think of it as this: If God is the embodiment of goodness, then it is good for us to know and praise Him. In fact, it is the best thing that could happen to us, the healthiest thing we could ever do.
Sometimes, I feel burnt out or just plain not in the mood to write on here. But I am reminded, now, that this blog is Jesus’; and that He has chosen me to advocate and pray for those who are in deep need of it. Doing Jesus’ will is not a bother; it is a Joy.
This week, as we head even closer to Christmas and New Years, let’s remember the gifts Jesus has given us, the utmost being Himself. Most of all, let’s do what we were always meant to do: praise and serve Him. It is only then that we, like all of God’s creation, will “shout and sing for joy.”
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus Christ is the One and Only God, part of the blessed trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He, being God, deserves the highest praise. Learn more about Jesus– and why He alone deserves our worship– here.
Please pray for…
- Praise Jesus for every wonderful blessing He has bestowed on us! He deserves all glory and praise.
- The situation in China. Please continue to pray for those detained for their faith in Jesus.
- The Chibok girls, for their imminent release.
- Leah Sharibu, who refuse to denounce Christ. May she be freed soon.
Thank you for your prayers!