by Kelli Simpkins
“Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever –
he issued a decree that will never pass away.”
Have you ever been in nature and just felt overcome by the beauty of God’s creation? This happened to me one still, quiet night when I was checking the mailbox. For once there were no traffic noises, no radios blaring, just peace. In my front yard, I was overwhelmed by God’s presence in everything. The breeze on my face, the firefly’s glow, the birds chirping in a nearby tree… Just like in Psalm 148, creation was individually doing their part to bring praise to the Creator, and in doing so came together to create harmony like a choir.
Psalm 148:11-13 calls on mankind to praise the name of the Lord. When we do praise the Lord and have faith in Him, we are blessed like the many accounts laid out in Mark 5. Those who put their faith in Jesus, and believed he was who he said he was, were healed. Sadly, some people witnessed these miracles and instead of strengthening their faith, they showed fear toward Jesus. Perhaps they feared what they didn’t understand. Maybe they didn’t want him shaking up the status quo. Or maybe they were too distracted by the “noise” of their day-to-day lives to see the answer to their prayers was right in front of them.
Have you struggled to put faith before fear? Have the day-to-day distractions gotten in the way of true connection? What can you do today to move toward trusting that the Creator of all things will see you through?