Praise Blockers

A couple of weeks ago, I made the point during a Sunday morning message that we all see what we see through the lens that sits on our spiritual nose.  When you’re outside, if you’re wearing rose-colored glasses, then what IS a blue sky actually LOOKS the color of rose.  I wear Blue Blocker sunglasses; I have for decades.  They supposedly block 100% of blue and UV rays.  When I look at a blue sky, it looks gray.  It IS blue; it LOOKS gray. 


I am struck, reading and praying through our Psalm for the week, by the lens through which our psalmist sees the world around him.


Psalm 104:24 (ESV) – O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 


What he sees when he looks at the Mediterranean Sea is YOUR works. YOU made them. They are YOUR creatures.   He sees everything through the lens of God as the Creator who providentially rules all of them according to his gracious provision and plan.


What do you see when you look at the natural world?  What do you naturally see?  I had to ask myself today, after I got up out of my prayer chair, “Why don’t I just naturally see things this way?”  I must need a trip to the spiritual eye doctor because I’m not seeing things that way the psalmist sees them.  I need a new pair of glasses. 


This is not just an academic exercise.  This has a practical effect on my attitude and my approach to daily living.  Notice how the psalmist, who’s wearing his Complain Blockersor some sort of spiritual eyewear to that effect, ends the psalm:


Psalm 104:33–35 (ESV) – I will sing to the Lordas long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord… Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord! 


Seeing what he saw in creation because he had the right lens on took him to a place of praise.  The earth and all its creatures are a constant statement to God’s flabbergasting wisdom.  That makes him want to sing, for the rest of his life. That makes him want to think pleasing thoughts about God and everything else while his soul inhabits his body.


There is much more to having the right attitude at any given moment of life. But evidently, praising God is never less than than seeing the created order as the beautiful and wise WORK OF GOD.  What notions or presuppositions am I harboring that are blocking me from looking out and praising God in song as a result of what I see? 


Dear Lord, please, for Jesus’ sake, remove from me that which would skew my perspective of what is really true, and give me eyes to see that your works – fish, whales, dolphins, manta rays, stingrays, octopi, turtles – are a cause to praise you in song.   Help me to think accurately about what you cause me to see accurately and thus rejoice in you. Thank you for making these things to clearly point me to your Son who competently rules them all. And may I long with the deepest of groans for the day when all these things are delivered from the curse of sin and made anew so that my song will forever flow from a heart that is informed by eyes that see face to face. Amen!