I cherish being outside in the midst of nature, along flowing water, hills, mountains, animals, beautiful blue winter skies and even hazy gray days — I simply feel as though there is a chorus of God’s handiwork singing and I get to have a part in it all.
Psalm 148 captures this feeling so well, “Praise him (God), you sun and moon, praise him all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens (even though we now know there is are not pools of water up there above the sky like they did when they wrote it, their sentiment comes through) … Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things (even snakes?! ugh ) and flying birds, kings of the earth and all people, princes and rulers of the earth! Young men and women alike, old and young together! Let them praise the name of the LORD…”
I believe our experiences of nature can be a freshening up of our souls. It is as though when we are tired, and our own voices need silence, it is the voice of creation which carries us — builds us up, renews our connection to God so we return to serve in our lives again. As spring time plays peek-a-boo and winter’s grip is wrestled away, take a few moments to be blessed in the simplicity of nature’s symphony of praise. If you like this Psalm, you may also like Psalm 19:1-7.
Next week, I will be driving to St. Louis for our UMC’s called special session of General Conference. Please continue to be in prayer for God’s hand to guide and lead us. When I return we will have more listening sessions/town halls to discuss what is decided. Blessings!
Chris Yost [email protected]