I sing the goodness of the Lord
That filled the earth with food
He formed the creatures with His Word
And then pronounced them good
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed
Where’er I turn my eye
If I survey the ground I tread
Or gaze upon the sky!
How can we even begin to fathom the wonders of creation? The amazing creatures that God formed by His word, from the tiny hummingbird to the monstrous blue whale to the color-changing chameleon, fill us with wonder as we see the creativity and power of the Almighty on display. The complexities and capabilities of the human body and mind are astounding; even in our modern age of technology, nothing can come close to the marvels of what the Creator has formed.
But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
“He stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
He obscures the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
He quieted the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;
And how faint a word we hear of Him!
But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
Everywhere we turn, God’s almighty power is displayed so that man may have no excuse for his idolatry and rebellion (Romans 1:20). The general revelation given through creation is enough to make us tremble at the power of the One who gives it!
There’s not a plant or flower below
But makes Thy glories known
And clouds arise and tempests blow
By order from Thy throne
While all that borrows life from Thee
Is ever in Thy care
And ev’rywhere that man can be
Thou, God, art present there
The glory of God is shown in His display of His almighty and sovereign power. All of creation–angels and demons, plants and animals, storms and sunsets, preachers and pagans–has one purpose, and that is to glorify their Creator for all He has done (I Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 96:4-6). Even hell and those who will ultimately find themselves there for eternity will glorify the justice and holiness of God.
The LORD has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked for the day of evil.
God has revealed His glory in His creation as well as in the story of redemption, and we as His creatures are to see and praise Him for what He has done and who He is.
Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forever.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
The name of the LORD is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations;
His glory is above the heavens.
Who is like the LORD our God,
Who is enthroned on high,
Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in heaven and in the earth?
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This is the eighteenth and final installment in the Journey Through the Hymns series.
“The glory of God is shown in His display of His almighty and sovereign power. All of creation–angels and demons, plants and animals, storms and sunsets, preachers and pagans–has one purpose, and that is to glorify their Creator for all He has done (I Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 96:4-6). Even hell and those who will ultimately find themselves there for eternity will glorify the justice and holiness of God.”
As Christians, we can take comfort in this truth regarding our own mistakes. (Here I really mean mistakes, not the common use of “mistake” as a sorry euphemism for “sin”, although the same principle holds to a point.) When we stumble with our words when witnessing or look back on an interaction and realized we missed a “perfect” opportunity to share the gospel, while learning how to do better, we can still take comfort that it’s not outside the ultimate will of God and He will work it to His own Glory.