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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PSALM 96
 the tail end of the Psalm, the one that is wag-happy.
for June 30th...

 
"Let the heavens be glad,
and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
Before the Lord,
for He is coming;
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness."
(verses 11-13)


 
Let's just take one itty-bitty thing out of each part of the verses:
Can't you just feel it,
The twinkle from a star being glad,
The pebbles tumbling along the path rejoicing?
Can't you just hear it,
the pounding of every salty drop in the sea,
 waves clapping in a roar?

 

Joy bursting forth with
The wildflowers blooming and the field mice exulting,
and all the pine trees gladsome singing?

 
"There will, in the first place, be joy in the presence of the angels of God."
(Matthew Henry)

 
"There are who by heaven understand angels;
by the earth, men;
by the sea, troublesome spirits;
by trees and fields, the Gentiles,
who were to believe...
The meaning is, that as the salvation was universal, so he would have the joy to be universal.
He incites all creatures to rejoice for Christ's coming both for the first and the second;
for the first, in which He consecrated all things;
for the second, at which He will free all things from corruption."
(Adam Clarke)

 
 
In other words, the whole of creation is bound in slavery to corruption, ever since Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden for their sin.  Have you ever thought of the ground, the plants, the animals, the sea and the sky as longing, groaning?  No wonder everything will break wide open into exulting, gladness, and joyful singing when He comes again.  In this way, the whole of creation is sanctified, set apart for His use in His time and will praise Him when unleashed. We are the caretakers and bear some responsibility towards the wonders God has made for us, but ultimately, it is God Himself who will redeem it.
 

"For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will,
but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption
into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  
For we know that the whole creation groans
and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now."
(8:19-22)
 
 
 


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