Let My Praises Be Heard!
PRAISE GOD FOR THE WONDER OF GOD’S CREATION!
Even though the Fall of Man has ‘marred’, in some ways perhaps not quickly discerned, the original beauty of God’s magnificent world, nevertheless, the world, even after that tragic historic ‘Fall of Man’, is filled with the splendor of God’s beauty. The breath-taking beauty of this creation witnesses to the fact that the Creator of beauty is Himself beautiful beyond description!
When one beholds the order of our world, and of the universe, it is easy to conclude that the God who is behind this orderly world is Himself an orderly God. Scientists, more than anyone else, can speak about – witness to – the astounding precision in the movement of the planets around our sun, in the Milky Way Galaxy, ‘as a starter’, before talking about the order in the vastness of the incomprehensibly big universe which God ‘spoke into existence.’
Future ‘events’ in the movements of planets, hundreds of years from now, can be ‘calculated’ accurately, all because the Creator is a ‘God of Order’, not a God of carelessness and chaos.
As shown by the manifest forces (power) of Nature, we can conclude that our God is a God of unlimited power! For instance, one example (among countless other examples), think about the power of electricity.
The electrical power (electricity) in one large flash of lightning, not only frightens humankind, but this degree of electrical power (electricity) is so great that it could light an entire city (if that electrical power could be harnessed).
Think of the vastness and the magnitude of Nature. Our world’s tall mountains, and our giant trees, and our vast prairies, and our expansive oceans, and our huge canyons like the Grand Canyon – these features of our created world are wonderful and they are awesome! The vastness of the world and, especially the vastness of the universe, are faint reminders of the ‘vastness’ of our majestic God!
Next, when considering the majesty of Nature, think about the amazing variety in Nature. Even the casual observer of Nature, and certainly the serious student of Nature, will readily testify to the fact that everywhere he looks, he is overwhelmed with the vast number of species in the animal world, the plant world, the world of trees and grasses and vegetation of all kinds! Go to a “Botanical Gardens’ and witness the vast variety of flowers.
Go to a ‘Tropical Forest’ and walk through it (if you can) and notice the different kinds of trees- both small and large trees. You will also doubtless see a large variety of bugs and reptiles and primates and other lower forms of animals. lf God created our world, and if this world is full of variety in plants, animals, trees, prairies, fish, then God must be a Creator who obviously values and who likes variety.
For the wonder of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale and tree and flower, Sun and moon and stars of light: Christ our God, to Thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. (For The Beauty of the Earth, by Folliott S. Pierpoint)
Unlike my dear brother, who has walked thousands of miles on many mountain trails (especially in Rocky Mountain National Park), I have not been a ‘lover of nature’. Nevertheless, as I have jogged many miles, on a limited number of city trails, I have observed the little squirrels in the trees, and the scampering bunnies darting across my paths, and I have been entertained by the sweet (heavenly) sounds of the various flying birds above my head!
I have been fascinated by the hundreds of willows that stick up their fuzzy heads along my jogging paths. Occasionally I have been awed when I have caught a glimpse of the beautiful deer that find their home among the thick trees, not far from where I regularly take my early morning jogs.
There have been numerous mornings when, after I have started jogging in the near dark, I am taken aback when I suddenly view the entire eastern horizon lite up with bright colors, as the sun peeks up on the eastern horizon.
I am so grateful that our loving and beautiful God created colors for His creatures to enjoy. Black and white are meaningful colors, of course, but there is something about multi-colors that causes me to be prostrate before my great Creator. If color is wonderful here on earth, how much more wonderful will color be in that glorious Home above!
It is true that this earth is not our home, and that we (believers) are only ‘pilgrims passing through’ this temporary dwelling, but, nevertheless, God has promised to give us (His followers) all things (on this earth) ‘richly to enjoy’. And the splendor of His creation is one of those ‘things’ that is intended to give us (believers) ‘great pleasure and great delight’. Of course, we do not ‘worship nature’, but we are permitted (even encouraged) to enjoy the ‘works of God’s hands’ (Nature)!
The Scriptures often exalt the works of God, as seen in Nature! “The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. The sun lives in the heavens where God placed it and moves out across the skies as radiant as a bridegroom going to his wedding or as joyous as an athlete looking forward to a race! The sun crosses the heaven from end to end, and nothing can hide from its heat.” (Psalms 19:1-6 Living Bible)
One day I was with an elderly (godly) woman, while she was taking a short wheelchair ride around a couple blocks, near our home. This woman lived in our home, and nearly every morning (if the weather permitted) this dear woman wanted to get outside and to breathe in the fresh air and to enjoy some of the delights of Nature.
On this particular morning, as she was ‘drinking in the beauty of nature’, she suddenly said to me, “Just think, Ron, all of this, and heaven too!” To her, the beauty of nature on that special morning was simply a foretaste of the beauty of heaven.
This woman was a ‘double winner’, for she (as a believer) was well aware of the One who created the beauty of that particular morning, and she was also well aware (by faith) of the beauty of heaven that someday she would enjoy in God’s presence! She was confident that the One who was giving her the ‘gift’ of physical beauty, on that particular morning, would someday grant her the greater ‘gift’ of heavenly beauty, when God called her to her mansion above!
Her life was lived with a sense of gratitude for the present gifts of God, but she also lived with a constant anticipation of the wonderful beauty of God that she would enjoy some day in God’s nearer presence in heaven! “Just think, all of this, and heaven too!”
This precious woman knew that soon she would enjoy the beauty of heaven in a much more full and wonderful way! She loved the beauty of this earth, but she knew there would be much greater beauty when she entered the portals of heaven!
God’s gift of beauty on this earth was very wonderful to her, but soon she would experience God’s expanded and perfected beauty over there (in heaven)! Indeed, she was a double winner! Abundant life on earth and eventually eternal life in heaven! (It was only a few weeks, after that exciting morning, when she departed this earthly life, to become enraptured with the beauty of her heavenly home)!