God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sing Praise

Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise from the end of the earth!
Let the sea roar and all that fills it,
the coastlands and their inhabitants.
Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice,
the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the inhabitants of Sela sing for joy,
let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare his praise in the coastlands.
The LORD goes forth like a mighty man,
like a man of war he stirs up his fury; he cries out, he shouts aloud,
he shows himself mighty against his foes. Isaiah 42:10-13
With this passage we are called to sing a new song to change our tune. This is a song that comes from all places on earth. A song rushing to the warrior God; who will see to the changes happening. God is angry at what we have done. By not walking with the holy, by not being righteous God is letting us know how angry that we have not followed the way. God flexes his muscles against the enemy, the foe.

But in this righteous fury, a new song is being sung by all creation. The choir of sea, wasteland, desert, towns, sing out their praises for this God who will change things.

We will be able to sing in chorus like this so that human voices join with the rest of creation. Will we be able to sing for joy, shout from the mountains, give glory to the Lord and declare God’s praise?

Part of me in reading this passage is drawn to the warrior God. It feels good to know that God will judge the earth. Who does want to know that those who have done wrong will be punished? A god who will defend his people in the face of trouble. We often yearn for this God, but this is not the God that shows up. So what can we learn for Isaiah’s hope? Isaiah sings of hope and asks us to sing of hope for a God who will show up in travail with a voice that cries out. That sees the injustice and speaks. Maybe one of the problems with us seeing and hearing God’s voice crying out is that we don’t believe that God hears and receives the praises of creation. We have blocked out that part of ourselves tied closely to the earth which prevents us from hearing God who is tied to that creation.

God teach us again to sing your praises and to hear your praises song by the earth. Help us to hear your cries and shouts. Amen.

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