Week 47: His Handiwork



Psalm 148:1-14

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his hosts!

Praise him, sun and moon,
    praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
    For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
    he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.[a]

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
    stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars!
10 Beasts and all livestock,
    creeping things and flying birds!

11 Kings of the earth and all peoples,
    princes and all rulers of the earth!
12 Young men and maidens together,
    old men and children!

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his majesty is above earth and heaven.
14 He has raised up a horn for his people,
    praise for all his saints,
    for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.

The week before Thanksgiving, I had the opportunity to spend several days in the woods and fields of South Dakota. For the last several years, I have traveled there to hunt pheasant and deer with some friends from church. And each year, I am reminded of God’s splendor and glory through His beautiful creation. I am reminded of His new mercies each morning as I watch the sunrise. I am reminded of His beauty when the sky changes color by the minute as the sun sets in the evening. I am reminded of His relentless pursuit of His own as I watch a German Shorthaired Pointer go bounding through the field.

You see, the psalmist tells us that everything from the bird flying to the grass growing declares the glory of God. When we see firsthand God’s incredible creation we are to be reminded of how incredible our creator is. So let me ask you, when is the last time you spent some time out in God’s handiwork? I don’t know about you, but I do not believe that we were meant to spend all of our time walking on concrete, moving from one building to another as fast as we can and staring at screens most of the day. So this week, why don’t you try to deepen your relationship with Jesus by spending some unrushed time outside experiencing a little nature. 

Now you don’t have to go all the way to the woods of South Dakota. But maybe you could get up early one morning and head to the beach to watch the sunrise. Or maybe you could go out into your back yard super late at night and spend some time just looking up at the stars. Or maybe right at dusk, find a quiet, unhurried place to watch the sun disappear for the day. And as you reflect on God’s creation, may you be reminded of just how big and mighty and powerful our God is. 

All of this was spoken into existence in an instant by the omnipotent voice of God. And be reminded of the vastness of our God. By His power, He holds every star in its place and He knows each of them by name. And just when you are beginning to be overwhelmed by the enormity of our God and the smallness of yourself…remember that same God stepped down into His own creation in pursuit of you. And may the thought that the Almighty King of the universe would know you and love you and may that stir your affections for Him.