Made to Praise Him

Dec. 27, 2020

Scripture Readings

As I was reading today’s passages, the common theme I saw was praise. I thought this fitted in perfectly as we come to the end of 2020 and reflect on it.

The psalmist tells us to praise the Lord. His angels praise him. All the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, and shining stars praise him. The heavens and the waters praise him. They all praise Him simply by doing what He commanded them to do.

Nehemiah says, “do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is our strength.” (8:10).  The walls of the city were now finished. Everyone is gathered for a festival to read the Torah for 7 days and then celebrate the feast of the Tabernacle. They did this to remember God’s faithfulness from the exodus and wilderness. In the end, they finish with a great celebration.

In Revelation 19, John hears a multitude of voices praising God. “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.” (19:6). In his sovereignty, God has permitted evil to do its worst, but the time has come for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I grew up as a missionary kid in Croatia, with German and British parents, and now study in Germany.  I am currently in Canada on a six-month internship. As I reflect on 2020, I see many blessings. I got to spend six months with my family in Croatia and got my visa to come to Canada a week before COVID-19 hit. I arrived in Canada in July for my internship and got to see my boyfriend after seven months. I even got engaged! But I’ve also felt the anxiety and loneliness that this year brought, and many of us have faced. Even as I am trying to plan an international wedding during COVID-19 times, it’s easy to forget who is in control. I had to learn to pause, come to Jesus, lay it all down, and praise Him in the midst of it all.

I don’t know what you have been through this year, but I challenge you to look back like they did in Nehemiah and remember God’s faithfulness in the wilderness. Remember that God is still on the throne and praise him for who he is. Ask God to help you give thanks and celebrate in the midst of your circumstances.

After all, we were made to praise him.

 

Shey Bell

Shey recently got engaged and has lived in Europe most of her life. She is currently doing an internship in Intercultural Ministries at Foothills.