Epistle Article, November 10, 2013

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

I will praise the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praises to my God all my

life long (Psalm 146:1-2).

 

A few years ago a fellow with another religious background tried to explain to me why he never used the word “God.”  Because DOG is GOD spelled backward, he reasoned that to refer to God as “God” was to belittle God.  To be honest, this line of thought made absolutely no sense to me then or now.  But his comment has caused me to think about some things.

For example, in many ways I am to God as my dog is to me.  As much as I would like to think otherwise, my dog has a very limited ability to know or appreciate me.  Likewise, I am limited in understanding all of God’s ways.  My dog, Buster, cannot begin to understand all the amazing things I can do as a human.  In the same way, I only glimpse a portion of God’s glory and can never know all the benefits that I enjoy because of God’s great love for me.  But that should not keep me from trying.

One thing I do know is that God is good.  Another thing I know is that God is love.  God’s goodness and love is shown to us in that Jesus came into this world to seek and save the lost, you and me.  God has even destroyed our greatest enemy, death.  Because of Christ’s sacrifice you and I know forgiveness and have hope in the mercy of God.  Because of Christ’s resurrection we have the benefit of life abundant, life eternal.

I have about the same ability to fathom the goodness and love of God as my dog does of driving a car.  Nonetheless, I have to admit that I enjoy it when my dog shows signs of appreciation for who I am.  He may wag his stump of a tail when he sees me, he may grab his rag in an effort to spend time playing with me, he may simply rest beside me.  The more I consider God’s goodness and God’s love the more I naturally want to give praise to God.

In this season of the year let us be thankful for the benefits that we have received from God.  Give thanks!

 

Grace and Peace,

Doyle