Monday, October 6, 2014

31 Psalms That Meet Me in the Mess - Raccoons Are Called To Praise Too

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. - Psalm 150:6

This is the very last Psalm before the book of Proverbs begins.  It is a profound and sacred command.

And yet, the first thing I think about is a raccoon.  The scripture says everything that has breath...

Well, raccoons breathe.  So do rhinos and gnats.  Yes, gnats breathe.  I looked it up because I'm a serious writer committed to the spread of truth, not lies.

How do gnats praise?  Or sloths or box turtles?  We don't hear them singing "Oh How I Love Jesus."

But the Bible says let them do so.  Do you think lesser organisms are shamed and sinful because they don't follow the command to praise in our traditional fashion?

It brings to mind the different ways that man and woman praise the Lord.  Depending on your denomination (a sad divider), you may sing quietly, you may lift your hands, or you may dance.  You may even run.  Some shout the phrase in affirmation of their pastor's message.

Some can even use the phrase as an add-on like "Bless her heart."  Which is not what it seems.

If the Creator calls even animals to praise, who are we to judge the way someone else praises or worships?

I know that there are plenty of believers in the Kingdom of God who use the excuse of praise and worship to draw attention to themselves.  I also know that there is a time and a place for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1).  God is a God of order and not chaos or confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).

But when it falls under heart-felt adoration and humility for what Christ has done for us, should it be subject to gossip, ridicule, or judgement?

I think God is heartbroken over the way his children sometimes treat each other.  Especially over the way they relate to Him.

Do you find yourself a tad judgmental over the way some believers give praise?  I regretfully have.  Ask God to give you fresh eyes to view all of His precious children including the way they communicate and praise our Heavenly Father.

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