What do we do when we are given or shown something excellent, something we enjoy? We praise it.
We praise new little babies: “Oh, look at that nice round head; and all that hair; and his hands, aren't they big!”
We praise a lover's face after a long absence: “Your eyes are like the sky; your hair is like silk; oh, you are beautiful to me.”
We praise a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth when we are down by three runs.
We praise the trees along the Mississippi River during an autumn boat trip.
C.S Lewis wrote: “The world rings with praise – lovers praising their ladies, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game.”
Praise of weather, food, actors, horses, colleges, countries, heroes, children, flowers, mountains, even sometimes politicians and scholars.
How much more should we praise the Lord?
Speaking of Jesus, Hebrews 13:15 says: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
A few years ago, Louie Giglio told the story of the glue that holds our bodies together. He was speaking about how inconceivably big our God is; how He spoke the universe into being; how with His Word He breathed stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire.
Then Giglio went on to speak of how this universe-creating God also knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder; how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.
He started talking about laminin, a protein that is an essential part of the cell structure in almost all animal tissue. Laminin literally holds our bodies together, causing one cell of our bodies to adhere to the next cell. Without laminin, we would fall apart.
The amazing thing is what the laminin molecule looks like. The protein that literally glues us together is in the shape of the cross.
Could that be just an incredible coincidence? Maybe, but you will never really convince me, because Jesus Christ is both the Creator and Sustainer of all life.
“He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). Translated differently, he holds everything together. So today, I will ”praise Him for His surpassing greatness” (Psalm 150:2).
Pastor Tim Wilson serves at Park Rapids Assembly of God.