Psalm 96:11-13a Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praises! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the tress of the forest rustle with praise before the Lord, for he is coming!
I love, love these verses! My heart just gets all excited when I read them. For weeks after I read them I can't hear the wind go through the trees without thinking of how the earth is praising God. Nature knows how to praise God!! I see storms as a rising up of the earth to praise and worship God. The earth just gets so excited...the earth is living and it loves God. Sometimes I think that bad, unexpected storms are the earths way of catching up on all the praise that we as people fail to give God. That there needs to be a balance ... the earth knows that balance... and when we neglect to praise God the earth must rise up and do it for us. The more evil flourishes, the more the earth reaches out to God, in praise, to restore balance to the earth. I don't know this to be a fact at all, but when I read these verses I always, always feel this way.
When we do our part in praise, and when we do our part at being thankful...then the earth can function in a more balanced fashion... in a way that provides for the people and the animals of the earth...but when we don't do our part in praise and in being thankful the winds roar, the oceans rise up, the earth spills out from the mountains, the earth trembles so hard that it splits apart...it burst open with praise.
I read these verses and think, "If the earth praises God in such fashion, how much more should I praise God?" It renews my resolve to be joyful, to be thankful, to show God how much I love him. The trees raise their branches high, the ocean waves rise up and fall down, the fields dance in the wind. I should raise my hands high, I should rise and fall at the voice of God when He speaks to my heart, I should dance with great joy all because God is God, because God is my God. I should celebrate Him the way the earth does!!