Words from the Heart for Saturday April 28th, 2018
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the deepest parts of the ocean. Praise him, lightning and hail, snow and clouds. Praise him, you stormy winds that obey him.
Psalm 148:7-8 (NIRV)
Praise from the Weather
A wondrous natural world really is a witness to the reality of a powerful Creator. Psalm 148 is a call for nature itself to praise this wondrous God. He is in control. His designs are seen whether in the depths of the ocean or in the patterns of the weather. Let His praise be lifted up from all the earth.
People who live in Southern Alberta often praise the Chinook in the middle of winter. This was the case on February 15, 2017, when Calgary was the warmest place in Canada. The city broke a record high for that day that had been set 101 years before, in 1916. The previous high for that day had been 15.6 degrees Celsius, but last year, with the help of that beloved Chinook, Calgary reached a high of 16.1 degrees. No wonder they praised the Chinook!
If there is anything quintessentially Canadian, it is complaining about the weather. It’s too cold, or too hot, too wet or too dry, too windy or too humid. So we might be surprised at what the Psalmist says about the winter. Psalm 148:7-8 says: “Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the deepest parts of the ocean. Praise him, lightning and hail, snow and clouds. Praise him, you stormy winds that obey him.” When I was a boy, sitting on the front porch of our family cottage north of Thunder Bay, I could stare across Loon Lake and watch the storms roll across the lake. They were powerful and mesmerizing and in them I could see the hand of the One who controlled the weather. Everything in God’s creation ought to draw us to Him – even the weather. So as the spring storms come, as the April showers that bring May flowers bring their needed moisture, take time to thank our Creator God for the blessings that weather brings – weather it is a beautiful, sunny, warm spring day, or a stormy night, and in all of this we can lift up praise.
These have been words from the heart.