When was the last time you praised God for His creation? How long has it been since you stood in amazement at His power and creativity? Recently, I was reminded that our Creator is indeed awesome!

Monday, my daughter and I took my grandson Micah to the zoo. It was his first time. And even though it was like 130 degrees outside – well, it was really more like 95, but it felt like 130 – we had a great time.

creationI’ve seen elephants, anteaters, rhinos, and lions before, but seeing them with Micah was like seeing them for the first time. He pointed and grinned. He oohed and ahhed.

giraffe 2The giraffes were definitely his favorite. We stood and watched the long-necked mammals for a long time. When one spread her front legs wide in order to lean over far enough to eat something off the ground, Kelley and I began to catch Micah’s attitude.

giraffe 4Why do we lose the wonder? How can we gaze at a giant pachyderm and not praise the One who shaped its sturdy legs and agile trunk? Just consider the variety of mammals alone. With 5,400 species, mammals range in size from the tiny Pygmy Shrew to the massive Blue Whale. God made it all for His glory and our enjoyment. And yet so often we fail to praise Him.

Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

 I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.

Psalm 104:1, 24-25, 33-34

Let’s think about God’s glorious creation today and praise Him for what He has made!

What animals do you think are great examples of God’s creativity and power?

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