Last Sunday, Steve talked about goodness, truth and beauty. His focus for the morning was on beauty. I wish he had more time to share his heart on this topic. I have seen him talk about nature and the beauty of what God has made, and it brings emotion to his voice and tears to his eyes. I think, for him, the beauty of nature shows him a bit of the beauty and glory of God and and his response is to worship. If you haven’t seen some of his amazing photos, go to his page on Facebook and take a look. They are photos by a gifted photographer but an avid worshipper as well.
David wrote these words about nature in Psalms 19,
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
Beauty is an attribute of God. When He is described in the bible, the word-pictures portray a being of amazing color and beauty. I’m sure his beauty is far more glorious than we can imagine.
Out of that attribute, He made creation and the little planet where we live. As He made it He stamped His signature on everything you see with one clear attribute – beauty. Look at the sunrise, sunset, trees, flowers in all their color – all of it, literally every design and color, reflects God. It’s all designed for three reasons: first, to give us pleasure at his work; second, to draw the lost man to him as he looks at nature and admits, "there must be a God!" and third, to draw his children into worship at his glory, beauty and artistry.
When you look around at all God has made (the sky, the flowers, the mountains) stop for a moment, take it all in and worship God. It’s the proper response to the beauty of God.
In the morning, when I first leave the house, I’ve gotten in the habit of looking up at the morning sky. From that first glance I begin to praise God. The new day, his beauty, his glory brings praise to my lips and joy to my day.
Try it, you’ll like it!