"Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness." Psalm 30:4
"Sing O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains; for the Lord hath comforted his people; and will have mercy upon the afflicted." Isaiah 49:13
I was reminded of this scripture yesterday as we were going down the interstate. The traffic had come to almost a stand still. I started noticing the dead brush and naked trees on the side. (Stuff we just take for granted.) Trees that have shed all their leaves looked dead. But we know they will bud forth in the spring.
The thing that caught my interest were the few things that were still green. I noticed the wild holly with the red berries shining on the limbs. I noticed the wild palmetto plants. I saw several green bushes that I did not know the names of. Seem these stood out amongst all the dead debris and fallen trees that were rotting.
I would say that 98 % of the surroundings were dead or waiting to revive in the spring. This reminded me of the Christian shining in the midst of this dark and dreary world, letting their light shine.
I then looked up, way above the bushes and smaller trees and saw the pine tree. They had reached to the sun and were slightly waving their green tops in the breeze as if to give praise to the Son.
"What matter that all the surroundings lower down are dead or brown - we will stay above the shadows, in the light and lift our needles to the Lord." I could just about hear them say.
What about us? Are we looking up to the Son, today, and giving Him praise. Forget all the physical pain and the hurts and whatever trials might have come our way this week. Look to the Son of Righteous.