Aug 31st 2021 · Day 243
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During the first Covid lockdown in April 2020, the UK experienced some beautiful sunny weather. Although many of us were stuck in our houses, as a church minister, I was able to spend quite a lot of time as an essential worker ministering to the needs of people in various situations. Much of this involved long walks, in nature, which is often a rarity when we go about our ordinary lives, confined in offices or living in built-up areas. It was refreshing to my soul to be in creation.
The psalmist today reflects on the wonder of God’s creation: ‘The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with corn, they shout and sing together for joy’ (Psalm 65:12-13). Consider the psalmist’s choice of language and how he seemingly reveals the very nature and goodness of God in his articulations.
What the psalmist describes to us today, is the absolute majesty and provision of God through the created world. Creation itself is the painted brush strokes of the genius of heaven.
That same source of all things watches over your life today. Would it not be right for us to ‘shout and sing’ to the God who provides all of the nourishment and refreshment that we need?
Oh, that we would see with eyes that are opened like the psalmist’s, and respond with that same joy in our hearts to worship the King of all the earth.
Pause and reflect: Take a walk in creation today, if you can, and allow your spirit to leap within you! If you can’t do this, think of a time and place where you experienced the natural beauty of God’s world, and praise Him!
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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