Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Song of Creation

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." (Psalm 19:1-4)

The past couple of weeks we have been blessed with sunshine here in the Northwest and in that time I have experienced some incredible worship. What did I do? Nothing, really...mainly just sat and gazed and watched God's creation worship Him.
- I have seen huge mountain peaks covered with snow, glistening in the sunlight,
- I have seen a wild animal, a rare "brown coated black bear" staring at me with wonder,
- I have journeyed to the San Juan Islands, watching eagles soar and otters swim
- I have gone to the top of the highest mountain in those islands and seen my town of Bellingham from a whole new perspective,
- I've seen flowers bloom, beautiful in their splendor, their glory remind me how much God cares for me,
- I've seen and heard rivers overflowing, waterfalls cascading, creaks bubbling, frogs singing, listened to the spring rain, felt the heat of the sun, and eaten some of the best food. And all of this leads me to these conclusions,

1) Creation truly sings a song of worship that never ends; our world is alive, like a Narnian paradise
2) As good as it is here, the sights, the sounds, the tastes, how much more will the new heaven and new earth display the glory of God? After all, we live on a cursed planet...
3) For me, whenever I feel distant from God, all I have to do is take a long walk outside and allow the worship of Creation to re-ignite my passions...

In his book Facedown, author and songwriter Matt Redman titles chapter 6 "The Song of Creation." In this chapter he writes, "In a loud and clear voice, creation proclaims the works and, ultimately, the worth of an incredible designer. The more we delve into the beauty of nature's design, the more we hear it reverberating with the splendor of the Creator."

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