Almost every morning... just before daybreak... I am awakened to the sound of a Mockingbird singing his little heart out near my bedroom windows.
He sits on the top branches of our weeping cherry tree and shouts out his song. It's not even that pretty! No obvious melody... just strings of squacks and calls and shrill whistles. He doesn't seem to care at all... he just belts it out with every thing his dear soul has...
Not the most gentle way to wake up. Some mornings it's comical... but some mornings it's very very annoying!!!!
Not long ago a fragment of scripture popped into my head.... something about the trees of the field clapping their hands. What a great word picture!
Can you see the wind blowing through the trees making them "clap".
Although this verse is taken out of context I love to think that all the earth is singing a song of great worship to the LORD! Yes, even my mockingbird friend!
SING TO THE LORD ALL THE EARTH
SING TO THE LORD, BLESS HIS NAME;
PROCLAIM GOOD TIDINGS OF HIS SALVATION FROM DAY TO DAY...
LET THE HEAVEN'S BE GLAD AND THE EARTH REJOICE
LET THE SEAS ROAR AND ALL IT CONTAINS
LET THE FIELDS EXULT AND ALL THAT IS IN IT
THEN ALL OF THE TREES OF THE FOREST WILL SHOUT FOR JOY
BEFORE THE LORD, FOR HE IS COMING
Psalm 96:1,2, 11-13
All the earth in it's own way knows and gives glory to the Lord! Nature know it's Creator... and in a great and wonderful act of corporate worship does exactly what it was created to do...it shows who HE is. Now that is a great act of worship, indeed!
Even my noisy little mockingbird is singing with all that is within him and doing his little birdie things... just like God created him to do... and it pleases and is a great worship to the Author of the Universe! He sings each morning for only God to hear!
Nature cannot wait for the Lord to come back. Even it knows the mess this world is in and waits with immense anticipation for Jesus' return.
But here is a startling thing... God's most prized creation does not necessarily feel that way! Unlike the rest of creation, it praises itself and acts independently of it's wonderful Creator. It's songs and deeds are self driven and much of it is an abomination to the Lord!
We were made to have the most intimate relationship with the very God of ALL! Our being and living was created to be a great praise to the Lord... just like the rest of the created world.
This morning I got up and took a lesson from my little birdie friend... I started my day with my own song to the Lord.
THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD
Let's all join creation and praise our Maker and worship Him!!! Let's live IN HIM the way we were created to be!