“Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the coastlands.”

// Isaiah 42:12

Verses 10 to 12 of Isaiah 42 speak of all creation right across the earth, in desert places, on islands, along coasts and at the ends of the earth [that’s New Zealand] singing a song together to their Creator; “a song such as has never been heard in the heathen world,” says the Amplified version. Whoever we are, whatever we do, we are all called upon to be part of communicating of God’s goodness, His power, His beauty and His love towards us.

Our lives — our everyday, ordinary, sleeping, eating, going-to-work, walking-around lives [Rom. 12] — are designed to reflect God’s glory [His weight, His power, His magnificence]; to be the moon to His sun. We can reflect who He is in the simplest of ways: by shining brightly in a gray and desolate place, by breaking the mold and shaking off the confines of social norms, or by reflecting a greater hope in the midst of a dark situation.

We’re also invited to declare His praise, to set free a creative expression from within us in response to all He has done and who we have seen Him to be. We’re encouraged to not keep inside our reactions to His goodness but to let them out, so they shine out of our lives in every way — through our actions, our words, our countenance, our faces, out of our very beings.

We’re asked to sing a new song to Him — not to just recite something we've heard before but to discover and experience for ourselves, first-hand, who He is. Both the genuine reflection of God’s magnificence and the authentic expression of gratitude to Him stem from personal encounters with His inexhaustible love. And we have an open invite.

Whether we're in a city or a remote place, in a rocky moment or at the top of a mountain, if we're on the seas or situated on an island, we're free to sing of His goodness. In every sphere of influence, every industry and every environment, we're empowered to reflect His magnificence.

// Alicia Hosking