The Greatest Honour
Before I get into this devotional, I want to make it clear that our family does not follow most of what is on the TV. Besides an occasional history show and well screened movie, we usually only watch conservative commentators, reporters, etc. The following thought came to me as I heard the tail end of a news report about a contestant of a very popular secular British TV show, Britain’s Got Talent. I guess it is the British equivalent of American Idol (another show we avoid.) It was the voice of Susan Boyle that stunned me into following her story.
Susan Boyle was basically a nobody. She is past middle-age, worked in her church, but was currently unemployed, and as I found out later has a learning disability due to oxygen deprivation during birth. She is not particularly pretty, but has a grandmotherly quality about her. She is someone you would easily pass by on the street without even noticing her. Please understand, I am NOT being critical, but rather making the observation that she is just the “average Jane”.
As she walked on stage and spoke of her ambitions of becoming famous as a singer, the audience laughed her to scorn while the judges tried not to snicker. But when she opened her mouth to sing, out came what I consider to be one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard! The audience and judges obviously held a similar view as the applause and chears roared. She won that competition and the “hearts of the world” and had an album deal signed within a few weeks. She performed for the Britain’s Got Talent grand final, which she lost.
One of the honours she would have gotten upon winning the final contest was to sing before the Queen of England. For Americans, that would be like singing before the President, or Canadians – the Prime Minister. Now that’s quite an honour, I thought, but when I realized the following I was humbled and awed.
As children of God, we realize we really are no one special: nobodys. Just like Susan ,we have done nothing worthy to stand before a monarch, yet we have the highest honour and priviledge of singing for and speaking with and about the King of kings and Lord of lords any time! We have complete unfettered access to The Mighty God of all creation day and night, any moment of the day! We can sing for him, and no matter how poor our voice sounds, He is ALWAYS pleased and to hear from a humble heart.
We “Get to” come before Him!
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalms 95:2
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands: Ps 66:1
Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Ps 81:1
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Ps 95:1
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Ps 95:2
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Ps 98:4
With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. Ps 98:6
A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Ps 100:1
Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Ps 66:2
Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Ps 71:8
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Ps 34:18
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Ps 51:17
LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: Psalms 10:17
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
I don’t know if Susan Boyle can claim that great honour, and that grieves me greatly. She was not doing well emotionally before the final and had an “emotional breakdown” after and had to be hospitalized for possibly several weeks to recover. I kept thinking, what if she dies? Where will she go?
If you are a born again child of God, won’t you join me in praying for Susan that she might gain the highest honour of all: having the honour and privilege to humbly stand before the King of kings and Lord of lords as His child.
If you do not know what it means or what it takes to be God’s child, please read THIS
June 3rd, 2009