The Symphony of Creation

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : Psalm 104

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (v. 24)

Have you ever seen something in the natural world that gave you goose bumps, lifted you out of your seat, shut you up with silence or evoked instantaneous praise?

The psalmist certainly has. As he surveys the heavens and the earth and contemplates the wondrous Creator, he erupts in doxology: “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures!” From plants and animals both domestic and wild, from ocean depths to mountain heights, from both predators and prey – the cedars of Lebanon, the storks, the coneys – all evoke wonder and praise. As poet Gerard Manley Hopkins famously put it, creation is charged with the grandeur of God. It bespeaks God’s glory – for those with the eyes to see.

In this psalm, creation is like one grand symphony, intended to give praise to God its maker and sustainer. We are to be the conductors, making beautiful music and helping give voice to creation’s praise. It is an awesome task and joyful responsibility. With God’s grace let us do it well.

PRAYER

Creating-sustaining One, open our eyes to your glory present in the book of nature. And give us wisdom to conduct this great symphony with care.