(And More Proverbial Reasons to Praise His Name)
Sometimes, you can get lost in your own insignificance, can feel of no real use or value to God.
At least I can.
Great Creator of all this vastness, how could I mean anything of significance to You today? What could I do in this twenty-four that would count with You as any more than the flap of a butterfly’s wing?
I ask, and He shows me…
Picking up where I last broke off in my Proverbs search for scripture-based reasons to praise Him, in chapters 11 and 12 I come upon this astounding realization: I (personally) can… delight Him! Right now, today! And then in 15 and 16 I find more
Wonderful Reasons to Praise (and Delight in) Him…
(from Proverbs chapters 11 and 12)
though dishonest scales are an abomination to Him,
He delights in just weights and honest scales
though those with a perverse heart are also an abomination to Him,
He delights in those who walk in the ways that are blameless
though lying lips are an abomination to Him,
He delights in those who deal truthfully
(from chapters 15 and 16)
though the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Him,
He delights in the prayer of the upright
the way of the wicked is an abomination to Him,
but He loves the person who follows righteousness
the very thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to Him,
but the words of the pure are pleasant (to Him)
When will I really, finally, get it through my head and heart, that it isn’t what we consider the big stuff that matters to God? It isn’t any teensy human’s supposed big stuff that gives His great Heart pleasure. It’s what we/I, in the headlong rush to flashy accomplishment, too often brush aside as insignificant.
Even the tiniest “nobody” can delight Him
simply by being honest and just
merely by choosing to follow blameless ways in the everyday
just by dealing truthfully with others,
purely by praying to Him in uprightness,
simply by following righteousness and
keeping those inner thoughts and intents pure, (by coming to Him regularly for their cleansing)
then, by simply conversing with Him, heart to heart, thought to thought
This is enormous! A little being like myself able to delight the Great Creator of the vast Universe! No big earth-shaking large-numbers needed. No highly padded platform required. Just these basic things, with a right heart, which He Himself will keep giving me, if I go to Him for it.
This puts all my senseless striving for big and noticeable where it belongs—in the trash bin—and immerses me in the simplicity that pleases Him and brings me peace, and delight.
His yoke is easy. His burden is light. He Himself is meek and lowly in heart. And in all that I find rest for my soul.