Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord– Psalm 96:11-13
The imagery in this bible quote is breathtakingly beautiful. I heard it at a praise and worship service I went to last Sunday evening and at the time I was taken aback at how perfectly the words fitted with the picture of our great God.
It is describing our Lord’s creation. God commands all nature and this is seen in the way this psalm describes nature’s response to God.
The philosopher Tennant’s aesthetic principle describes how since the world is ‘saturated in beauty’ a God must have created it, as there is no other reason for this beauty to exist. I love this side of the teleological argument – how can anybody argue that nature is not beautiful?
Today and this week-end as we leave our houses, let us open our senses and truly appreciate the beautiful place God has given us to dwell in.
I am enjoying my 40 day Lent series – I hope you are too. Any ideas or requests are welcome as I have a while left before Easter!