Words from the Heart for Friday September 14th, 2018
Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.
Psalm 69:34 (NRSV)
Let Heaven and Earth Praise Him
There is amazing activity beneath the waters of the vast oceans of the world. These are still being explored in our day. Whether sharks or seahorses, coral or sea urchins, or still-to-be-discovered wonders, everything exists because of a marvelous Creator. By His word He called forth life and filled the seas. He is worthy of our praise.
The government of the Northwest Territories offers tourist the opportunity to hike “halfway to heaven,” to use their words. Flying from Inuvik across the Mackenzie Delta and the British mountains, adventurers arrive at a base camp in the heart of Ivvavik National Park, which was created in 1984. Parks Canada guides take guests on hikes through a landscape untouched since the last ice age. Inuvialuit cultural hosts are on hand at the base camp to share their personal stories and culture.
I find it interesting that the Northwest Territorial government describes one of the most beautiful landscapes in their territory as “halfway to heaven.” Stunning landscapes lift our gaze from our own challenges and lives to something far greater. But, if we lift the eyes of our faith no higher than the mountain, or no further than the horizon, we have missed the most important thing. King David wrote in Psalm 69:34: “Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” There is beauty in every part of creation. From the stunning colours of tropical fish that swim in the oceans, to the expanse of prairie grasses and the mountains that take our breath away, we see the hand of God who created them all. Everything about creation is designed to lift our hearts and minds beyond them to the One who spoke them into being. That is how heaven and earth praise the Lord. Simply by reflecting the glory of God. As you look around your world today, you will find great beauty and majesty. How can the praise that is pouring forth from them lift your thoughts above them to the God they are praising?
These have been words from the heart.