All mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars,
every wild and tame animal, all reptiles and birds,
come praise the Lord!
All creation, come praise the name of the Lord.
Praise His name alone.
The glory of God is greater than Heaven and Earth.
Psalm 148:9-10, 13 (CEV)
When I woke up yesterday morning, I heard the sweetest sound. It was 5:30 in the morning, but birds were singing outside my window. When I left for work at 7:00, I was even more amazed at the beauty of their choruses, shockingly bright in my sleepy ears. The past few weeks have been cold, wet, and dreary with the Earth still in hibernation, but yesterday seemed to me to be nature's dramatic re-entry into life.
Isn't it amazing to think about all our God planned and achieved in a few words? When He created the Earth, He merely spoke and knew exactly what He was bringing forward: a sun that hides to reveal a moon, animals that camp out waiting for the first fresh shoots of grass to spring out of the ground, trees whose leaves sacrifice themselves to conserve energy in the winter. When we stop to observe the world around us and really pay attention, it truly is awe-inspiring how God so intricately shaped the world.
In the Book of Psalms, we see multiple accounts of the splendor of nature and are reminded that everything on Earth was created to glorify God. When we see bees collecting pollen, hear woodpeckers preparing their homes, and smell the new blooms of daffodils bursting from their green stalks, we see all creation praising the name of the Most High God simply by doing exactly what God created them to do.
Today when you walk outside (and oh, please take the chance to walk outside,) pay attention to the Earth's buzzing. Notice what all of creation is doing. Realize that what you are hearing, smelling, and seeing are all representations of the astounding glory of God. Take a moment to honor the greatness of our Lord by enjoying what He has created. You will be amazed at how overwhelmingly gorgeous His handiwork can be.