Praising Earth’s Maker

Long before the launch of Earth Day or modern-day debates over environmental politics, God’s people declared the truths of creation and creation care.

• Nature reveals God’s power and beauty. “The heavens declare the glory of God,” David wrote. “The skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1). The stunning magnificence of thunderstorms, meteorite showers, canyons, and mountain peaks promptly puts us in our place: God’s power is beyond what we can ever fathom. Like the hymn-writer more than a century ago, we can sing: “I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, / Thy power throughout the universe displayed: / Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:/ How great thou art! How great thou art!”

What is even more amazing is how God’s power is tempered with tenderness, revealed in beauty and intricate design. Consider, for example, how the laws of mathematics infuse the created world: Fibonacci’s sequence revealed in the spiral of a nautilus shell, the Golden Mean displayed in the concentric circles of seeds in a blooming sunflower, and fractal patterns that adorn each unique snowflake! And so in awe we sing, “All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly / Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee.” This marvelous beauty draws us to worship the true source of all beauty: “For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies . . . Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”

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Kelli B. Trujillo

Kelli B. Trujillo is editor of Today’s Christian Woman. Follow her on Twitter at @kbtrujillo or @TCWomancom.

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