Before the stars dotted the heavens and the waves crashed on the shore, God existed in all His holiness. Divine, perfect nature witnessed solely by the Triune God Himself. Then He spoke, and His majesty burst forth in visible wonder. He splashed His glory across the skies and spread His power in the ocean depths. Now all creation sings a clear, unbroken chorus of praise about the holiness of God.
Since the beginning of time, what has been made testifies to the unlimited power and worthiness of its Maker. Nature beckons us to seek God, bidding us turn our eyes and hearts to the Creator. It is beyond comprehension that this powerful, majestic, holy God desires us to know Him. And yet He does.
Lisa Heard the Song
Lisa had longed to see Old Faithful since she studied the geyser in her sixth grade geography class. Artesian springs were abundant around her southeast Texas home, but their gently flowing waters could not satisfy her desire to witness the power of Yellowstone National Park’s most famous natural site.
Unfortunately, Lisa’s family did not have the resources for many vacations, so almost three decades passed before she stood on the viewing platform next to Old Faithful. Lisa, her husband, and their five children had started their trip at the northern end of the park. They enjoyed the hot springs, canyon, mud pots, and wild life. But she purposefully saved the geyser for last.
Lisa knew the geyser would be impressive, but the depth of her reaction surprised her. The eruption built until water and steam reached more than 150 feet into the air. The power of nature demonstrated by the Old Faithful geyser turned Lisa’s heart and mind to the power of its Creator. The holiness of God overwhelmed her as she witnessed His majesty revealed in His creation.
“All I could think of was the majesty of God; how holy and mighty beyond my imagination. He had created this spectacular display of power, yet it is miniscule compared to God’s power. I could stand safely on the viewing platform and witness the power of the geyser, but I knew I could never stand in the presence of God except by His grace through Christ. I worshipped God in that moment. He had given me a glimpse of His majesty.”
Have you heard the songs of praise?
Creation summons us to know and worship the Creator. The psalmist David heard and responded. As a shepherd, he spent many nights under the stars with the sheep, where creation’s song fostered his own praise:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1-3, NIV
Creation reveals the power and majesty of God. No language difference or cultural barrier can hinder its message. No government or law can silence its voice. The complex beauty of the heavens and the earth reflect the holiness of God to every person, of every language, in every place. Without exception.
When was the last time something in God’s creation filled you with awe and worship for its Creator?
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I am in love with Psalm 8 – as I read your devotional thoughts today it took back there. Thanks. Awe and wonder should invade our lives whenever we ponder our God. Amen
Mike, thanks for coming by! As I’m reading your comment this morning, I hear two different birds singing in the yard. Our God is glorious! From the vast universe to the unique song of each kind of bird, God created it all to display His majesty! A beautiful testimony to His power. “Oh LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
As I read your post, I heard birds singing and could see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains through my window. Truly all creation sings His praise! May we join in declaring His glory!
Susan, the majesty of the mountains always turn my heart towards their Creator! Unfortunately, it’s not something I get to see every day!