DayBreaks for 1/03/20: All Thy Works Shall Praise Thee
From the DayBreaks Archive, January 2010:
It may appear that humans are uniquely equipped to offer praise to God. We know, of course, that angels praise him. We know that part of the reason we were created was to bring Him glory and proclaim His greatness. We may even acknowledge that living things praise Him – the bird crying in apparent joy as she soars in freedom above the created world, the dolphin that leaps deliriously as it tears through the water at breakneck speed and sings its strange chirping song. Who is to say that they are not praising their Creator?
Inanimate things praise Him…the heavens declare His glory and the heavenly bodies day after day and night after night pour forth their speech and stun us into humbled silence at His power and evident majesty. Who is to say that the sounds that radio telescopes pick up from the depths of the universe’s vast array are not some form of heavenly praise that we cannot understand or interpret? The Psalmist put it well in Psalm 145:10: All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
Things visible and things invisible declare His wisdom. Consider again the atom. Everything that exists in the physical realm is made up of atoms. But did you realize that atoms are mostly empty space? There are those who have spent their life studying the atomic and subatomic world of creation who hold that when two objects come together in the physical realm (like two billiard balls) they don’t really hit one another. Instead, says Timothy Ferris, “..the negatively charged fields of the two balls repel each other…were it not for their electrical charges they could, like galaxies, pass right through each other unscathed.” When you sit in a chair, did you know you aren’t actually sitting on the chair, but because of the power in the electrons of your body and clothing and the electrons in the chair that repel one another that you are actually levitating about the height of one angstrom (1 hundred millionth of a centimeter)?
Neutrons and protons make up the nucleus of an atom. The nucleus is very, very tiny – only one millionth of one billionth of the full volume of the atom, but it is extremely dense, packed tight with tiny particles. In fact, if an atom was expanded to fill the size of a large cathedral, the nucleus would be about the size of a fly, but that fly would be many thousands of times heavier than all the rest of the cathedral combined.
All of this was designed by the hand of the Almighty. It is invisible to us, but somehow, I suspect that if we could hear the “voice” of the atom, it, too, would be singing His praise.
May your new year and your very life be filled with praise to Him and may you join your voice with that of the sun, moon and stars in exalting His name! How will you praise Him today?
PRAYER: How marvelous is Your creation, O Great God! We are humbled before You and Your unsearchable wisdom! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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