2017-05-17 / Faith

Created for Praise

Lessons from the Heart
By Pastor Mark Miller


Miller Miller Yesterday I was working on Lake Freeman when I noticed two fairly large logs about fifty feet offshore. One of the logs was on an angle with the high end about two feet out of the water and it faced east. The other was lower in the water but did have one end slightly higher than the other toward the west.

By nine in the morning a large bale of turtles had climbed up on the log facing east, stretched their heads out and seemed to be worshiping the sun. As the day progressed they moved as one, always with their heads facing the sun. By four in the afternoon, half the bale decided they could practice sun worship from the other log. As I watched Psalm 113 came to mind. Actually, that is not quite the truth, the verse came to mind but I had to Google the words to find the Psalm.

Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” Psalm 113:1-3.

No doubt about it, I often fail to be as faithful as the turtle praise team. I really have no excuse. I grew up in a home with a father who made serving and praising the Lord his one and only goal in life. I never saw him lose his temper and he spent two to three hours every day in prayer and personal devotions. No, my Dad was not a pastor, he was a trucker for 48 years with the Keebler Company.

Last week we buried the most amazing man I ever knew. At his funeral one grandson shared, “Grandpa never practiced what he preached because he never preached, he just practiced.” A number of grandkids talked about the joy on my Dad’s face whenever he talked about Jesus. Eighty-five years of looking at the Son rising every morning and still looking at the Son as the day ended. Created for praise and still praising. If you do not have a family member to teach you to praise, look at the turtles!

Mark Miller is the pastor of the Burlington United Methodist Church.

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