|“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts |
of those who seek the Lord rejoice.”
|—1 Chronicles 16:10|
How do we best express our praise and thanksgiving to God? In thinking about that question, I’m not at all certain there is a “best way” that would universally apply to every person.
God has given each of us unique and special gifts that help define who we are. Because He creates us as individual people, He gives us individual abilities with which to praise Him.
Someone who has skill as a radio engineer, who keeps one or more radio stations on the air each day, may well use that gift as a way of praising God. By consistently doing everything possible to act with excellence and care, that one shows the kind of person that God is. For God is nothing, if He is not excellent in all that He does.
All one has to do is look at photographs, or better, visit in person the Colorado mountains to see the excellent, precise, effective handiwork of God. Every rock and rill shouts of God’s glory, His beauty, and, yes, His excellence.
Likewise, a stay-at-home mom or dad who lovingly nurtures her or his children, cares for her or his spouse, and makes the home a lovely, stable, peaceful place shows the very nature of God—His nurturing, caring, stable, peaceful nature.
God enables us, through the gifts He has given us, to find ways that are our very own, to praise and glorify Him. It is important, therefore, that we do not think of ourselves as unable to use our gifts in this very important way.
In following the instructions of King David, Asaph declares these words found in 1 Chronicles 16:10:
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
As we move out into a new day, let’s use the gifts God has given us to glory in His holy name. Let’s use the opportunity He gives us to speak well of Him, to share the wonderful things He has done in our lives, and to gently, tenderly, and kindly tell others about this magnificent God who loves us with His everlasting love.