Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small.” (Rev 19:5)
I have recently become a grandma. What is surprising is not how much I love my granddaughter. What has surprised me is how much she loves me. Nobody else in my life squeals and yells my name when I walk into a room. They don’t throw their arms around my neck at inappropriate times and kiss me without shame. Nobody else cries when I leave for the afternoon. My grandbaby loves me more than I deserve. While we may long to be loved by the great, rightly seeking the praise of esteemed mentors, God seeks the praise of the great and the small. As for me, my grandbaby’s “small” praise is more affirming to me than “great” praise from “great” people.
Praising God is for the great and the small. All creatures can, should, and will fall before his throne in adoration. If God seeks the praise of the small as well as the great, then we should offer the sacrifice of praise to him, even if we feel unworthy or insignificant.
No matter who you are—if you feel like a somebody, or if you feel like a nobody, your praise is valued by our almighty God. We will all bow in humble adoration. I’ve learned of the largest of praise from a tiny creature, and I’m sure God feels the same about you and about me, too.
Never mind how small you feel, celebrate the Lamb of God today!
Dalene (Rovenstine) Fisher is a wife, mother, and grandma. She is an associate professor of English, dean, and assistant provost at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
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