The Hope of the Hero Returning

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I’ve been reading back through some of my old journals lately…it’s actually where I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration for this 31 Days series.  On June 17 of this year, I had an entry with a little sun drawn beside it (my version of a light-bulb moment).  Here’s what I had written next to that sun:

We worship in response to the revelation of who you are. (Psalm 96)

So I flipped over to that Psalm – in the Message version lying right beside my computer.  I’ll let it do the talking:

Sing God a brand-new song!  Earth and everyone in it, sing!  Sing to God – worship God!

Shout the news of his victory from sea to sea, Take the news of his glory to the lost, News of his wonders to one and all!

For God is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs.  His terrible beauty makes the gods look cheap; Pagan gods are mere tatters and rags.

God made the heavens – Royal splendor radiates from him, A powerful beauty sets him apart.

Bravo, God, Bravo!  Everyone join in the great shout: Encore!  In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.

Bring gifts and celebrate, Bow before the beauty of God, Then to your knees – everyone worship!

Get out the message – God Rules!  He put the world on a firm foundation; He treats everyone fair and square.

Let’s hear it from Sky, With Earth joining in, And a huge round of applause from Sea.

Let Wilderness turn cartwheels, Animals, come dance, Put every tree of the forest in the choir –

An extravaganza before God as he comes, As he comes to set everything right on earth, Set everything right, treat everyone fair.

To borrow a line from Anne Shirley, “THAT is just like a line of poetry.”  Several lines, to be exact. That revelation of God MAKES me want to worship.

Sunset Baltic sea shore in Latvia with at the pink sunset

mountains

The imagery of shouting “Bravo! Encore!” at the beauty of God’s handiwork in creation prompts me to question…when was the last time I was so overcome by a sunset that I felt like shouting, “You go, God!”

Colorful sunrise on a lake

The picture of Sky, Earth, Sea, Wilderness, Animals, and Trees personified in their worship of their Creator reads like a scene straight out of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

White finger starfish and seashells

Green Bieszczady mountains in Poland

But the part that most brings hope to life?

An extravaganza before God as he comes, As he comes to set everything right on earth, Set everything right, treat everyone fair.

The truth that – no matter what is happening today, what has happened in our past, or even what we will face in the future – God IS coming back.  And He WILL set everything right.  One day, our Hero will come.  And He will set everything right.

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