Sitting at my desk early this morning with the window open, I heard the sandhill cranes raucously lift up their croaking praise with a glorious sunrise. And then I read this quote and smiled:
“All of nature continually praises God. Only humans require reminders to do so.”i
Yes, only humans require reminders. And there are many, many reminders.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Hebrews 13:15 (ESV)
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4
OK, all us humans, here is our reminder for today. Let’s lift up our heads and hearts out of the dark pits of bitterness, doubt, depression and despair. He has come! He is here with us. He will never leave or abandon us. He has a plan and a Way through and forward.
Let us lift up our croaking praise with the cranes and rejoice. I will say it again: Rejoice!
All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name. Psalm 66:4
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. Psalm 113:3
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD! Psalm 150:6
iWilliam J. Petersen and Randy Petersen, One Year Book of Hymns
Photo: Blast Off at Dawn by Mimi https://flic.kr/p/2n6Cfmz