The beauty of praising God

5 Sep

Psalm 8 has been used in church services fequently, so it might be more familiar to you than other psalms.  It is a wonderful song of praise and proclaimation of our relationship with God’s creation.  I am going to up all of Eugene Peter’s version in my blog – it is wonderfully evocative, and short.

God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.

Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs that drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble.

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and emormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, moon and stars mounted in their settings.

Then I look at my mirco-self and wonder, why do you bother with us?  Why take a second look our way?

Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light.

You put us n charge of your handcrafted world, repeated to us your Genesis-charge.

Made us lords of sheep and cattle, even animals out in the wild, birds flying and fish swimming, whales singing in the ocean deeps.

God, brillant Lord, you name echoes around the world.

As I think about the psalm, I am struck by the consistant desire of humans to praise God for creation and see ourselves in the midst of that creation.  Thousands and thousands of years ago, human beings looked to the stars and saw the creativity of God within the beautiful designs.

The world around us is such a wonderul view into the depths of the creativity of God.  Richard Foster in his book, Celebration of Discipline, has a chapter on study.  One of the things that he encourages people to study is nature.  I hope this day you will take time to study the work of God in beauty of nature around you.


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