There are many reasons
to praise God. Yes, we need to praise Him for all the blessings He pours
into our lives. More importantly (and this pleases Him the MOST) we need
to praise and worship Him for what He IS…an embodiment of countless
unique traits. IS NOT THE FACT THAT SO MANY UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES REST IN
ONE PERSON (TALK OF A NONPAREIL ALL-ROUNDER…) ITSELF ONE SOLID REASON TO
AT ONCE GLORIFY HIM OUT OF AWE?
Now, amongst other virtues in His incomparable persona, have we ever praised Him for being a peerless “symphony conductor”? The way He perfectly “orchestrates” World events in order for what He has planned to be brought to fruition, reaching a Divine crescendo, as it were, leaves one speechless. Consider this Scripture portion:
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases.” (Proverbs 21:1) How true! In order for the prophecy (Micah 5:2) of His Son’s birth at Bethlehem (where else would the ‘Bread of life’ ((John 6:58)) be born than the place known as ‘Bread? Bethlehem in the Jewish language means ‘Bread’) be fulfilled, He directed the Roman Emperor to issue a decree for a census, which led to the events described in Luke 2:1-7, culminating in the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem.
Now, this is no isolated instance of God’s exercising control over World events! There are other occasions in the Bible of the Almighty moving the spirit of an Emperor to fulfill His prophecies, much like the Symphony conductor directing his team member to play a specific note and thus adding to the richness of the music produced.
In order for us to get a clearer picture on the ‘hold of God on World events’ let’s also consider what is described in Ezra 1:1: "In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD 'moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing.'" (Jeremiah 29:10)
Now let’s pause for a moment and let the enormity the significance of this all sink in, leading us, as it were, to yet another crucial subject within the greater theme: This great "Divine orchestra conductor" who controls World events, in whose hands the great Emperors, Kings and Presidents are no more than puppets, stoops down to our level and desires a personal, living, intimate relationship with us. He wants to be an integral part of the lives of lowly and ordinary folks, too.
There He is, in all humility, standing at the door of our hearts knocking…"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:10)
No gate-crashing for Him! His humility leaves me stunned, inspiring me to respond to His love! Doesn’t it evoke the same reaction in you? Jesus' coming into the World 2000 years back is merely History, He coming into your life today is SALVATION! Doesn’t this TRUTH “strike a cord” in your heart?
PRAYER: Father, to be in your family is my greatest privilege. Use me to produce “soothing music” in the lives of many. In Jesus name. Amen!