“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the world Thy Hand hath made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed … When through the woods and forest glades I wander, I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze … Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee, how great Thou art.” ~ Carl Boberg (Translated by Stuart Hine)
The powerful strains of this familiar hymn capture only a glimpse of my inadequate response to the handiwork of a Holy Creator. Like I mentioned last week, all nature declares the majesty of God without saying a single word. When I take the time to examine the intricacies of creation to discover God’s fingerprints, I learn so much more about God. And the more I learn, the more my soul sings of His greatness.
I see caring attention to detail. Complex patterns. Complicated hormonal checks and balances. Provision of all we need to survive. Examples to live by from the diligence of ants to the symbiotic relationship between the plover bird and the African crocodile (think dentist) to the equalizing flow of matter and energy. Boundless creativity. A sense of humor (think platypus). A delight in discovery (why else would he put fluorescent sea creatures in deep sea trenches long before man had the technology to journey there?). And a power beyond comprehension glimpsed in earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)
My desire this year is to get a bigger view of God. To see more of His eternal power and divine nature … and therefore trust, serve, and worship Him closer to how I should be. With that in mind, I’m starting a year-long series touching on various aspects of creation and what they reveal to us about God. We’ll also touch on the effect sin has on the created world including how creation groans for redemption and so should we!
All creation declares His glory. Let’s worship Him.
What about you? When you consider the world – from mountaintop splendor to rolling thunder to birds singing – what is your response? Does a bigger view of God change how you live?