“How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”
Psalm 104:24 (NIV)
On borrowing my wife’s car for the day, I decided to make use of a snazzy feature which connects the radio’s speakers to a personal music device such as iPods and other MP3 players.
As I drove off, I suddenly saw a message flash up on the dashboard: “Creator King.” For a fraction of a second I wondered what was happening, until I heard the hymn called “Creator King,” being played through the speakers. Of course! It was just a message to say what the next song was!
In our busy days with many distractions, we can forget the wonder of our universe and the beauty of planet Earth. Perhaps we need the odd reminder to remind us just how incredible creation is, and being prompted by my wife’s car is really quite odd!
The Bible reminds us that “the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). The number one miracle, that affects every one of us, is that anything exists at all!
The only ‘force’ that maintains all things is the overwhelming grace of God. He has chosen light instead of darkness and chooses substance and structure over emptiness. Above all, God chooses life, and enjoys the activity, purpose and diversity that prevents the universe from being a cold, dull place. Wow!
After contemplating the wonder of creation, the writer of Psalm 104 paused to reflect: “I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live” (Psalm 104:33). Pausing to observe the world around us is good for our souls, because it reminds us of the God of love who desires us to live life to the full. As the hymn Morning has Broken puts it:
“Praise with elation
Praise every morning
Of the new day”
Amen to that – for all that God has made.
Father, we praise you for your handiwork, the marvellous creation that fills our lives. We are nothing without you – yet, in your grace you grant us life! Thank you for bringing us into a universe teeming with beauty, diversity and purpose. In our Lord’s name, Jesus Christ, we worship you.
Study by Ian Woodley
About the Author:
Ian Woodley pastors the Nottingham Grace Communion Church, that meets at 2pm Saturday, as below. Ian also facilitates a monthly Bible Study in Lincoln, which generally meets on a Saturday at 1:30pm. They welcome visitors to join them—for more details contact Ian Woodley as below.
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