All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.
When Irish hymn writer Cecil F. Alexander wrote the lyrics to this beautiful song, she described plants, animals, and people—as well as weather, God’s provision of food, and geographic wonders—all crafted by Creator God. Her song echoes the truth expressed in Psalm 24:1 and reverberating throughout the full scope of Scripture: “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (ESV). Time after time in God’s Word we hear this same refrain: God is the Creator of life, of this earth, and this expansive universe. He is the sustainer of creation, from seasons and weather patterns, to laws of gravity and energy, to photosynthesis and human breath. From minute spinning quarks to massive stars ablaze across our sky, God is the orchestrator of it all.
When the ancient psalmists praised God for his created world—or even when Cecil Alexander penned her hymn in 1848—they had no inkling of the bright and beautiful discoveries of this created world that science would enable us to discover. Consider the mapping of the human genome, the charting of the periodic table, the ever-expanding discoveries of astronomers studying the cosmos, or the mind-blowing work of physicists unlocking the secrets of particles so minuscule that they are beyond comprehension—but yet they’re the building blocks of me, and of you, and even of the light allowing you to read this page.1