Make a joyful noise for the gift of the rock of our salvation. Come before him with thanksgiving for the Lord is a great God. “The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land”
(Ps 95:5). He has sown light for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. We must therefore rejoice and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. God has established the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his discretion. The Lord asked, “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him?” (Jer 23:24). God is the author of the gift of life.
Blessings of Heaven
An Indian spiritual master Sai Baba (1835–1918), regarded by his devotees as a saint said, “Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the nature of God.” This unity manifests itself in humankind scattered throughout the face of the earth. It’s also seen in the abundance of creation populating the regions of the world. From the mountain tops, to valleys below, how magnificent is our omniscient God!
Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274), an Italian Roman Catholic priest and Doctor of the Church, wrote, “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” Praise God in our daily meditations. Our eyes open to his blessings in knowing the truth of his Word. These gifts illuminate us like stars shining brightly with an everlasting light.
Grow with Meditations
While meditating there are things we’ll learn from our loving God. Simone Weil (1909–1943), a French philosopher and Christian mystic wrote: “We can only know one thing about God – that he is what we are not. Our wretchedness alone is an image of this. The more we contemplate it, the more we contemplate him.” In all faithfulness understand the Lord’s goodness and discover who he is. It’s only through knowing him we’ll understand ourselves. This gift is attained by studying his Word.
Eventually there’ll be a time of reckoning. Zig Ziglar (1926–2012), an author and motivational speaker said, “We hear tears loudly on this side of Heaven. What we don’t take time to contemplate are the even louder cheers on the other side of death’s valley.” This is the place where we rejoice in the victory won. Here, there’s celebration filling our hearts with joy.
This everlasting joy won’t have us think like Paul Theroux (b. 1941), a travel writer and novelist, who wrote, “Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.” Unlike Theroux, Christians look forward to the day when they will depart this world to enjoy God’s heaven. Here they will embrace the splendor of his kingdom that he has prepared for us. This will be a wonderful day beyond our imagination.