Creation praises

It’s 5:00AM and I lay awake in the dark, drawn in by the sounds of birds singing right outside my window. I can pick out three distinctively different calls. As I listened to their song I was flooded with joy. My initial thought as to where this joy came from was -the singing birds confirm spring is here. But as I continue to listen, I realize why I am filled with joy listening to the birds is because I am witnessing creation praising God. In this moment I am drawn deeper into the sounds and I pick up on another sound in the background . . . a low roar, I can hear the sound of water rushing over Cohoes Falls. The combined muffled roar and the singing of the birds sounded so majestic to me. I was startled by a brief interruption from the squawking of a Canadian goose as it flew by. That sound, which was so out of tune brought a smile to my face because I am pretty sure that I sound like that goose when I sing to God!

It was not long before the sky grew brighter and the world got louder. I was a bit irritated by the unnatural sound of people driving past the house heading off to work. The blow of a distant train whistle and the clanging of the radiators as the heat kicked on muffled out nature’s worship set. Somewhat disappointed that it was being drowned out by life, I slid out of bed feeling privileged to have been a part of creation praising God.

Now you may be thinking “those were birds singing, geese squawking and water falling over some rocks, what does that have to do with them praising God?”

My answer; everything.

Listen to some of Psalm 148

Ps 148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth,

you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,

Ps 148:8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,

stormy winds that do his bidding,

Ps 148:9 you mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars,

Ps 148:10 wild animals and all cattle,

small creatures and flying birds,

Ps 148:11 kings of the earth and all nations,

you princes and all rulers on earth,

Ps 148:12 young men and maidens,

old men and children.

The birds were simply doing what God made them to do sing, fly and forage for food. In doing so they were praising and honoring God. The water was doing what it was made to do, the rocks the water fell on were doing what they were made to do by the Creator who designed them to praise.

When we choose to live our life for what God has created us to do, we will find new levels of satisfaction and joy and the way we live our life brings praise to God.