December 30 – It is a real world!

Read Psalm 148:1-14

The Lord is to be praised!

One cannot read this psalm without recognizing that.  Clearly, God has designed that every created entity was designed for His adulation.  You probably noticed that this is not only a responsibility of young, old, kings, princes, and rulers (vv. 11, 12).  It was also for this purpose that all living creatures in the sea, in the air, and on the earth exist (vv. 7, 10).  And even inanimate objects like sun, moon, stars, clouds, winds, lightning, and hail enable us to grasp the grandeur and glory of the Creator.

But there is yet one more dimension of created entities that were designed to give Him praise.  They are indicated in verse 2.  They are “His angels,” which are sometimes collectively referred to as the “heavenly hosts.”

Over the next few weeks, we will be taking a closer look at these created beings.

Let’s take a quick tour of the things we will discover.  They were among the first of all of God’s creation, rejoicing as God created the rest of the world (Job 38:1-7).  They make repeated appearances in both the Old and New Testaments.  In fact, as we will later learn, perhaps you have seen one (or more) and not been aware of it (Heb. 13:2). Jesus refers to them numerous times.  These spiritual beings were created apparently at many different hierarchical levels.  Angels can be divided into two basic camps of good (angels) that do God’s bidding and serve people and bad (demons), who serve Satan and seek to ultimately harm people.

As those in the post-Enlightenment western world, we may quickly dismiss the idea that there is a real spiritual world in which beings that are mostly invisible to mankind exist.  For many of us, our upbringing and education might cause us to roll our eyes and shake our heads.  But, friends, as we will see in the days ahead, these are real entities created by God.  Those who choose to ignore their existence, do so at their own detriment.

sbk

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