Father, how does the earth praise You?
When I hear recorded sounds of whales in the deep oceans sing, are they praising You? When I hear the melodic song of the birds, are they singing of Your greatness?
When the winds howl and the lightening cracks across the sky are they declaring Your majesty?
Do the trees affirm You with their upturned branches, their leaves, blossoms, fruit, and their gorgeous colors? Do flowers bless You as their blooming faces turn to You? When the wind stirs the golden Aspen leaves, is their shimmering applause for Your being?
A line in a poem, Trees by Joyce Kilmer touched me at a young age. It reads: “A tree that looks at God all day, and lifts her leafy arms to pray.”
Since then I have wondered exactly how Your creation acknowledges and exalts You. And what I can learn from Your creation about how to honor You. Here are some thoughts stirred by Psalm 148:
I will join with the earth in rejoicing in my LORD and recognizing my Savior
As the rocks and stones cry out, I will add my voice:
in sunshine and in shadow I will praise my LORD
in harvest and in drought I will voice my thanksgiving
in sickness and in health I will give the LORD His due
for my praise depends not on my earthly situation
it depends not on the circumstances of my existence
it depends not on the wealth of my pocket
But it is the response of my recognition of who God is
I praise You for who You are
“The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His Name, the Only Name.”
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it…the dead, great and small, standing before the throne…were judged…anyone whose name was not found in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Father, there was a day when You created the heavens and the earth, the moon and stars, the birds and beasts, and man; when all acknowledged You as Creator and worshipped You and had fellowship with You.
One day, it will be that way again. All that You create will know You, will worship You, will give You praise. Again, I can’t wait! Amen