“O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” vs. 24
When we take a good hard look at the world around us we can’t help but be overwhelmed by the natural beauty and wonder of it all. And if we then add the incredible variety and diversity of its creatures, the delight only increases. No wonder the psalmist was so lavish in his words of praise to the Creator! We live in a spectacular environment and are inextricably bound to it. Now there are some who get caught up in scientific understandings of how things have come to be. These tend to describe what we see and experience today as simply the end result of many natural processes. It isn’t that they don’t appreciate the beauty…they just don’t like to give God the credit. For believers though, it just feels right to thank God for the gift of life and the wonders of this earth. Of course there are natural laws and most of us accept that evolution has been involved in the creation’s process of becoming. But to exclude God from the picture means the embracing of accident and the rejection of intention…and that doesn’t seem appropriate. It would mean there was no need for words of thanksgiving or praise…and how could we live like that? Thanking God for the majesty of the universe is really what makes us human!
Thought for the Day: What is the place of humans in the web of creation?