by Barry Newton
We watch their eyes light up. Their smiles widen. Wrapping paper may fly into the air. Their excitement spills over into eagerness to show and tell others.
We enjoy seeing children open presents. Perhaps this is because we can witness genuine unbridled enthusiasm.
Similarly, we naturally will express joy whenever someone richly blesses our lives. Furthermore, we are naturally drawn closer to that person and will share with others what they have done.
Not unsurprisingly, having described God’s favor given to those rallying beneath the banner of the Root of Jesse, Isaiah 12 describes God’s people breaking forth in praise, song and thanksgiving to God while proclaiming to others what God had done.
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD is my strength and my song. … Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.” (Isaiah 12:2,4,5 NIV).
Both worship and proclamation belong on the lips of God’s people.
What does God see as He looks at His children? Obviously, we have every reason to break forth in heart-motivated worship because of what God has done for us. Similarly, the love of Christ should compel us to tell others the incredible story of Jesus.
So what does God see when He looks at us? Does God see both genuine unbridled worship and proclamation emanating from our hearts? That’s what our Father would like to see.