Louder than Creation
God's creation all screams a mighty chorus about His glory, might, power, and love. The mountains sing of His strength. The valleys sing of His beauty. The mighty rapids sing of His power while the oceans sing of the vastness of His love. Too often we, who have been given the gift of speech choose to curse God with a mouth we have been given to praise Him.
James 3:9-10 says,"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be."
This is the key to praising God. Our tongues, our words, are this unique ability God has created us with for the sole purpose of identifying and recognizing God's glory in all of creation. In the very beginning God gave Adam the job to give names to all that He had just created. God was saying, "Adam, I've made all these things to glorify and proclaim my wonder, but I've given you the ability to give my creation and identity and voice."
Throughout the Bible you see God's creation being used to shout out his glory. Entire rushing rivers parting to form a massive road, an immaculate sunset standing still on the horizon, lions mouths being shut tight, and so much more all scream that there is an omnipotent and omnipresent creator. So why can we, as Christians who have been given this great gift of speech, not glorify our creator as well?
I believe it is because, since the fall, we lose sight of our creator. We see evidence of Him all around us from the birds in the air, to the mountains shooting up from the ground, even to the ocean and the vastness we cannot fathom. Since the fall we have struggled to see the true identity of all the creation around us, and it has hindered our ability to praise who this creation reflects.
In fact, the rest of the third chapter in James 3:11-12 says,"Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water."
James is saying, "Come on brothers and sisters! Can't you see that fresh water and salt water don't come from the same spring; that fig trees aren't gonna give you olives; that you have no chance of getting a fig from a grape vine; that as much time as you spend getting water to drink from a salt spring... You're crazy if you think it's turning into fresh water!" I think all of us would agree that those common sense statements are true, right?
James is saying that our tongues are the same way. We were created with this unique ability of speech so that we can praise God and share His glory louder than the rest of creation. Even more accurate; we were created to give voice to God's creation by reflecting all that we say back onto God. To HIM be the glory forever and ever, amen.
Too often in our day-to-day walk through life we ignore God's creation and allow ourselves to let both praises and curses come from our lips. We go to church on Sundays and Wednesday nights and praise God with our lips and then worship others opinions of us with our language the following days. My challenge to you today is to not lose sight of God's creation which is a reflection of Himself. My challenge to you is to not forget how creation solely sings of it's creators glory, and as salt water would not come from a fresh water spring, our tongues should do nothing but it's created purpose. To spread God's glory, honor, and Love to a world distracted from it's creator.
In conclusion, I'd like you to meditate on a quote from one of the most brilliant minds ever to walk the earth. Sir Issac Newton once said, “What is there in places almost empty of Matter, and whence is it that the Sun and Planets gravitate towards one another, without dense Matter between them? When is it that Nature doth nothing in vain; and whence arises all that Order and Beauty which we see in the World? … does it not appear from phaenomena that there is a Being incorporeal, living, intelligent, omnipresent, who in infinite space, as it were in his Sensory, sees the things themselves intimately, and thoroughly perceives them and comprehends them wholly by their immediate presence to himself. And though every true Step made in this Philosophy brings us not immediately to the Knowledge of the first Cause, yet it brings us nearer to it, and on that account is to be highly valued.”