READ : Genesis 1:1-31
God saw all that he had made . . . and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)
The last verse of the creation account sums up God’s view of his creative work: it was very good. That ought to be our view as well. If God says his creation is very good, we can and should unashamedly be “nature lovers.” So why do we sometimes distrust that label and those who wear it?
Perhaps because many in our day seem not just to love but to worship nature. The created world is good, but it is not to be worshiped. Seeing and appreciating God’s handiwork should lead us to worship the Creator, not his creation.
A wonderful hymn by David Clowney strikes the right note in praise of our creator God and his work. I will often refer to the hymn, which Clowney wrote when he was still in high school, in these Daily Reflections. The hymn begins by affirming the relationship between the Creator and his creation, and gives us the title of this devotional series: All Nature Sings Thy Glory.*
God, all nature sings thy glory,
and thy works proclaim thy might
With the whole of creation, let us rejoice to proclaim the glory of the Creator together.
- Taken from “Hymns II.” Words: copyright © David Clowney, assigned to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Used with permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515. //www.ivpress.com/
Lord of all creation, I worship you today for the magnificent world you have made. And I join with all nature in singing your glory. Amen.