Today’s Readings: Psalm 29
We certainly live in a place and time, where many people have an opportunity to travel to experience some of the most incredible places around the world. There is certainly nothing like the real thing when it comes to exploring, but there is still the option for ‘affordable arm chair travel’ in front of the TV screen …. or even in our own backyard.
If I close my eyes, I can quickly be transported back to some of the unbelievable places I’ve had the privilege to visit over the years. Yes there were the ancient towns and the cities and the people; the historical buildings and the art work; the food and the smells of a different culture …..
And then there was nature. The unbelievable mountains and deep gorges where sounds echoed; the beauty of gurgling creeks, fast rivers and waterfalls, where at times the roar was deafening; the contrast of huge forests to expansive deserts; glaciers to hot springs; the vibrant hue of a field of flowers which no painter could do justice to ‘God’s canvas’ …
To see animals in the wild from the majestic to the humorous; to be out in the middle of the ocean as a pod of orca whales surface around the boat; to watch eagles soar overhead …
I don’t think I can count the number of times I have stood or sat in awe of God’s amazing creation, and like the Psalmist in our reading today, it was not hard to:
‘Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; to worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness’ vs 2
But then you don’t have to travel to see the wonder of God in his creation; it’s all around us, particularly when it comes to a storm. From the deafening thunder and powerful lightening that strikes across the mountains to the sea; from the waves that crash across the break walls; the southerly wind which roars through the trees, often bringing damage and destruction.
But then there’s the still quietness of what seems to be the kiss of God on the horizon, as colour explodes through the clouds as the sun sets over the mountain.
Psalm 29 is only a short psalm, but for me it builds to a crescendo in honouring God as the God of the heavens and the earth; a reminder that we are called to worship the creator, not the created. David, who wrote this Psalm, uses some of the same language from the psalm of thanks he wrote, which is recorded in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36. (flick back and take some time to read this)
‘Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all people.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all Gods.’
1 Chron. 16:23-25
God in his creation is only part of the story, for we were created as the pinnacle of his creation to bring glory to God. How easy it is to take for granted not just the beauty and order of the world around us, but also the many blessings God pours into each day.
Heavenly Father, may I never cease to praise you; to give you honour and thanks in all circumstances. May I never forget to raise my voice like David (join with me) and cry ‘GLORY’!