“The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’” vss. 8-9
The psalmist had no trouble attributing massive earthquakes and violent windstorms to the voice of the Lord. Floods, lightning, thunder…all those things we term “acts of God,” were evidence of God’s dynamic energy and creative power. And for centuries most people would have agreed. It’s only recently, with new theories of physical science, that we have, for the most part, succeeded in shoving God out of the picture. Some would even say our new understanding of how the universe works has eliminated the need for God altogether. But others, including many scientists, would disagree. Our gains in knowledge and understanding have not eliminated wonder and mystery. In fact the more we know about the cosmos and its intricate interdependencies and connections, the more awesome it becomes…and the more insignificant our place in it! We might have different nouns for describing the forces at work all around us, but the sense of wonder can never be extinguished. We still love the beauty of a sunrise or a sunset, and marvel at the strength of wind and waves. We have so much more to learn…in truth we’ve only begun to grasp the power of the Creator. Our only fitting response to the splendor of the universe is that recommended by the psalmist…to worship the Lord and proclaim from our hearts, “Glory!”
Thought for the Day: What aspect of the universe do I wonder about?