“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
(1 Peter 2:9)
The Great Commission of the Church is to ‘make disciples of all nations.’ This is done primarily by declaring ‘the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.’
The great witness of the Church, and the witness of the individual Christian, is to the majesty, glory, love and grace of God. We tell of the wonderful acts of God in creation and throughout the history of His workings in the affairs of humankind as recorded in Scripture. We must also be able to tell of the reality and wonder of His love, revelation and acts in our own lives as we have responded to the saving grace in Jesus Christ. This is done not only by our words but even more by the way in which we now live out our lives.
To ‘declare the praises’ of God to others we must first have identified them and declared them to ourselves. To speak of His creation requires that we still pause in awe and wonder before such things as the magnificent beauty of a sunset, the glorious tumbled whiteness of huge clouds drifting across the sky and the liquid praise of a small bird singing its heart out as it greets the dawn.
To speak of His impact in our own lives requires that we know its reality – the reality of sin and the tearful wonder of His cleansing love in the great sacrifice of His Son. Slowly, and sometimes Oh so slowly, we begin to perceive the boundless depths of His love for us as individuals, the horror of the darkness of sin, and the light of life that floods our innermost beings. And, although in this life we will always be imperfect children responding imperfectly to an imperfectly understood and appreciated God, all He asks of us is to love Him and to live that love in our lives as best we can. And if we fall He is there to pick us up again and start us off anew with Him beside us and within us.
Chosen – royal – holy – belonging to God – called from darkness into His wonderful light – we have something to sing about in His honour!
Identify your personal areas of praise. Build on them as you go forward.
Thank You Lord for the wonder of Your creation, Your saving love and grace, and Your undying love for me. Help me to see and to sing of Your glory as I go through each day. Amen.