Words from the Heart for Friday September 28th, 2018
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding…
Psalm 148:7-8 (NIV)
Praise from the Earth
From the smallest snowflake made with such individual design to the mysterious life on the ocean floor, we see the handiwork of our God. All of his creation does his bidding. Let us not only join our voices with their voice of praise. Let us also join the list of obedient response to the desires of our God. Can you give him our “yes” today?
This past May, in celebrating Earth Day, the CBC reported about 13 year old Autumn Pelletier. According to the CBC, this young activist has been unwavering in her quest to solve one of our country’s most overlooked issues: the lack of safe drinking water in Indigenous communities across the nation. The Anishinaabe teen’s advocacy has already driven her to lead protests, address the United Nations, make a personal plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to prioritize the matter, and earn a nomination for the Children’s International Peace Prize.
We recognize that the world has been marred by sin. When Adam and Eve allowed sin into their lives, it affected everything in God’s immense universe. So we deal with natural disasters, and everything eventually ages and dies. At the same time, there is much about this incredible world in which we live that lifts our eyes to the Creator. Psalm 148:7-8 describes it this way: “Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding…” Most of what the Psalmist mentions here are things that we consider powerful and perhaps dangerous – great sea creatures and various types of weather. In them, the Psalmist reminds us of the greatness of the God who created them all. As summer has transitioned into fall, and the weather patterns here in Canada are changing, let’s take time to see the powerful hand of our Creator God in all that lies ahead. And as we do, we need to lift our hearts and minds above them to the great God that created them all.
These have been words from the heart.