The verse in this picture is Psalm 96:11-13.
"Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
Before the Lord, for He is coming,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
And the peoples in His faithfulness."
It is the culmination of a Call to Worship that reminds the people of this overwhelming idea that all of creation will be redeemed, and with all of creation we sing praises before the LORD.
In between this call to worship in the Psalms and its full realization in Revelation, we have a little passage from Paul in Romans.
"For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body." 8:22-23
Creation, being called to praise, groans in anticipation of this full realization and ability to praise. When war has ceased, sickness healed, darkness banished, sadness lifted, and joy has filled our being, then we along side creation can praise. Until then, we too groan. Along with creation we groan.
sn't this prayer?
A groaning and a longing for our redemption, for creation's redemption?
Praise God for his help and care.
"For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the [saints according to the will of God." - Romans 8:24-27
So as we continue our journey through Psalms and this dedicated time of prayer and fasting, let's groan in prayer for the Hope that is in Jesus. Let's Hope together - longing for Jesus to come fully and finally.