From the recording Where Angels Dance: Original Piano, Guitar, & String Instrumentals
Track 1~"Let All Creation Praise Almighty God" was inspired by Psalm 148.
"Praise the Lord, praise ye the Lord from the Heaven; praise Him in the heights, praise ye Him, all His angels; praise ye Him all His hosts. Praise ye Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all ye stars of light. Praise Him, ye heavens...for He commanded and they were created." Psalm 148:1-5
This Psalm tells us that God is worthy to be praised because He spoke a word and all creation was born. What power! Revelation tells us that He created us because He wanted us, He delights in us.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11
Whenever I am feeling discouraged or unloved or not valued, all I have to do is go to this verse in the Bible and many others to be assured that our Creator loves me and every soul He created very much.
One day I was reading in Isaiah that God loves us so much that He has engraved a picture of us on His hand.
"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." (Isaiah 49:16)
The word "graven" in the original means, "to cut in or upon, engrave, inscribe, to portray, to trace, to print..." (*Strong's Bible Concordance)
Long ago sailors once had themselves tattooed with the face or a symbol of the woman they loved before they went off to sea as a symbolic way of making their sweetheart their own. This way the sailor could carry "her" with him everywhere he went. She was his, he had set her as a seal upon his own flesh.
I have never gotten a tattoo, but everyone I know who has gotten one says it is painful. One girl I spoke with told me she fainted during the process of having her skin inscribed with a message that was very important to her. It was so important that she was willing to risk the pain.
God was willing to risk any amount of pain to inscribe us on His hands and on His heart.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16-17 (KJV)
God the Father sent His only Son to earth clothed in flesh so that He could suffer and die a humiliating, painful die on the cross to become a living sacrifice for all the sins of all people who had ever sinned. Jesus Christ bore the curse of sin and death that we deserved, for the Bible says that all people have sinned against God and are bound for judgement because of it.
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...Romans 3:23
Only a sinless spotless sacrifice could atone for our sins. Jesus, God's only Son, became that sacrifice because He loved us and did not want us to suffer eternal damnation. He suffered unimaginable pain when He allowed people to nail His hands and feet to the cross. He passed through the cold, dark waters of death for us so that we might have eternal life with Him.
Jesus had never been separated from His beloved Father. "The One who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:29 (NIV)
Yet God's only Son having "been made sin for us," suffered the torment of Hell, going where His beloved Holy Father could not go, so that we might not ever have to face the curse of eternal damnation for our sins, so that we might be able to become the righteousness of God in Christ.
And after 3 days by the power of the eternal Holy Spirit of God, Jesus Christ rose up from the dead!
Death could never keep a grip on the living eternal God!
"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;My flesh also will rest in hope.10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption." Psalm 16:9-10
Jesus rose from the dead to atone for all people's sins, to redeem all souls who would accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
"...all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith." Romans 3:24-25
Once a person accepts Jesus Christ into their hearts, He gives them His Holy Spirit as a seal that they belong to Him. Like the sailor of old who allowed himself to be cut to have a tattoo of his lover made on his flesh, the Son of God allowed Himself to suffer so He could purchase us with His own blood, and set His seal upon us, the seal of His Holy Spirit, marking us as His very own children forever.
"And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory." Ephesians 1:13-14
Where the sailor only was able to take a picture of his sweetheart on his flesh everywhere he went, we are able to take our Lord everywhere we go for the risen Lord Jesus actually lives in the heart of every believer through His Holy Spirit who is much more than a picture or symbol. He is a living, Holy Being.
The risen Lord Jesus Christ lives forever as our High Priest, the Head of the Church which is His Body, and Ruler of the Universe in Heaven.
He will forever bear the scars from the cross on His hands, the visible reminders of the high cost He paid to purchase our souls.
Like the long ago sailor treasured the tattoo of his beloved, I believe the Lord cherishes His eternal scars, for as He looks at those nail prints He can see the face of each soul He's redeemed embedded in them. "I have engraved you on the palms of My hands, Thy walls are ever before Me." Isaiah 49:16
Let All creation praise Almighty God! For we serve an awesome God who loves each of us as if we were the only one He had to love.