Oakleigh Baptist Community Church

I play tennis. I am a part of a team that plays competitively though rarely do we get to the Grand Final these days. But I remember one year, against the odds we found ourselves in the decider even though we’d only scraped into the finals. When it came to the big day, everything fell into place for us, it was one of those days when just about everything went right, I even put a shot around the net.

We talked about that game for a long time afterwards, bringing up memories that helped us to relive the achievement. We rejoiced well after that win and it united us. Of course it was a great feeling.

That’s the kind of feeling – but on a whole different level, that I get from the praises of the heavenly host throughout the Bible. There is a lot of praising God throughout Revelation, from people and the Angels, and at the birth of Christ they sang in the presence of the Shepherds who had just heard Good News:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

We are in December now, a time when people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. And the praises of the Angels at His birth, along with the glory given to God as He is worshipped throughout the Scriptures and especially in Revelation remind us that God is good and He does all things well. As the old chorus says: “His work is perfect and all His ways are just.”

And that includes the work that He does in us when we live a life surrendered to Him. Over the past week I have heard many stories of how God has worked through people, perfectly, to speak His Word to others. To share the Gospel, to give hope, to speak words of life. They were in just the right place at just the right time, and from the response of the individual, shared just the right message. Perfect! The people who spoke the words were not perfect, but God is, and His Word is, and He gives us the privilege of sharing it, if we are surrendered to Him.

So let’s glorify Him with our words, let’s Glorify Him with our actions, with our lives, and all Him to work in and through us – and it will cause us to Rejoice!