December 27

Psalm 148

“Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command!” vss. 8-9

The psalmist doesn’t leave anything out in his review of creation–all things have their origin in God and each in their own way offer regular praise to their Maker. When we’re able to see outside the narrow confines of our consciousness we can see it too. There is no part of the earth, and certainly no creature, that doesn’t reflect the natural beauty and order of the cosmos. We may not like fire and hail, and it’s no fun to be caught in a blizzard, but we can’t help but wonder at the awesomeness of it all. The hills and mountains are alive with the music of the spheres, and often bring deep satisfaction to our souls. How sad it is when we get so caught up in earning a living and getting ahead that our eyes are blinded to that world around us! We’re not just missing out on spectacular beauty but we’re actually missing out on opportunities to connect with God. The universe is not only God’s handiwork, it is God’s very presence. It’s no accident that human religion began with the worship of the sun, moon, and stars…somehow our ancient forebears knew intuitively that God was in all and through all. We imagine such thinking to be primitive–it could be that they were closer to knowing God than we moderns could even dream of being. It’s at least something to think about!

Thought for the Day: What’s wrong with worshipping creation?

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