Creation: The Poetry of God
Our God is the Creator, and His description of that Creation is pure poetry.
When I need a reminder, a refresher, a bigger picture of God, I love to read Job 38-40. Listen to these amazing word pictures, spoken by God Himself, and let your mind and heart soar in awe and wonder.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding…” (38:4)
“…who enclosed the sea with doorsWhen, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?” (38:8-11)
“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth
and the wicked be shaken out of it?” (38:12-13)
“Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?” (38:19-20)
“Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
From whose womb did the ice come
and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of heaven?” (38:28-29)
“Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the water
skins of the heavens,
when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods cleave fast together?” (38:37-38)
“Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with strength?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrible.
He paws in the valley, and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
He laughs at fear, and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.” (39:19-22)
How do we respond to the power and creativity of God?
We can do as Job did:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.” (40:4)
It is right to bow before God in awe and silence.
But we can also do as the psalmist did:
“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song
For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.” (Psalm 95:1-7)
What about you? What causes you to look in awe at God and fall down to worship Him?
C2013 Judy Douglass