We thought when we stopped to eat at this small restaurant in Chenecy-Buillon, France, that the sign pictured the frog because of it being on the menu. But in fact, their dialect’s word for frog was used to refer to an old town legend. The story is that the Lords and Ladies of the past were bothered by the noise of the frogs in the local pond. The frogs were so loud the noble families were unable to sleep. So the local peasants were prevailed upon to pat and slap at the water all night to quiet them!
Today’s verse is a call to praise the name of the Lord. His name is higher and more worthy of praise than any other. His name is to be lifted up as the splendor of the Lord is higher than anything on earth or in the heavens. Of course, this praise is to come from mankind. But in addition, creation is to praise Him; sea creatures, the weather, the mountains and hills, wild animals, cattle, small creatures and birds (verses 7-12). Certainly, the humble frog is included!
All of creation exists in some way to bring glory to the Creator. If a lowly frog with its incessant croaking can bring praise to Him, then certainly I can as well. Whether I am in fine voice or have a frog in my throat, His praise is to be on my lips. We left that restaurant full of rich food. But I can be just as satisfied when with my mouth I can sing praise to Him! (Psalm 63:5)
Lord, may everything I do and say today give You praise.