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.
An Indian spiritual master Sai Baba (1835 – 1918), who is regarded by his devotees as a saint, remarked, “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 continues to manifest itself in mankind scattered throughout the face of the earth. It is also seen in the abundance of his creation which populates our landscape and regions. From the mountain tops, to valleys below, how glorious is our omniscient God!
Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274), 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.” Let others see the glorious offerings of God in your daily meditations. Their eyes will be opened to his blessings, by knowing the truth of his Word. They will be illuminated like stars glowing brightly with his everlasting light.
While meditating, there are some things that we’ll be learning of our loving God. Simone Weil (1909 – 1943), French philosopher and Christian mystic put it this way: “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 sincerity understand the Lord’s goodness to discover who he is. It is only by knowing him that we’ll know ourselves. This is a gift we are taught by studying his Word.
Eventually, there will come a time of reckoning for us. Zig Ziglar (1926 – 2012), author and motivational speaker, explained, “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 place is where victory is won, and there’s celebration, making our hearts full of gladness.
Such everlasting joy won’t have us think like Paul Theroux (b. 1941), travel writer and novelist: “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, we’ll look forward to the day when we depart this world to enjoy God’s gracious blessings in heaven. Where we’ll kiss the goodness of his creation prepared for us. It will be a wonderful day!