Beauty of God in Creation

18 Apr

L-11Woke by a flash of light and an eruption of noise: the One who said, “Let there be light” and, “let light shine out of darkness,” brought forth a burst of radiance into my room early this morning, as he once shone into my heart the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Thunder and Lightning covered Southern Indiana’s early morning sky, reminding me of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. My mind recalled a familiar passage, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork,” O’ a sweet moment of worship. Power, beauty, and splendor shook the walls of my home in the watches of the night. An electrified sky rattled windows telling me again, “God is Lord over all.” Burning flashes of light penetrated every corner of my room, running before crackling and rumbling skies—“Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.” Creation spoke the power and excellence of its Master. The psalmist asks, “For who in the skies compares with the Lord?” None compare, beside him there is no other. I praise God through Jesus Christ my Lord for such sweet thoughts early this morning.

Jonathan Edwards found such beauty and majesty in creation. In many ways my simple meditation regarding the beauty of creation and the manifest glory of God are inspired by his writings. Here is an excerpt from a book detailing his views of God’s excellency and beauty in creation.

And scarce anything, among all the works of nature, was so sweet to me as thunder and lightning. Formerly, nothing has been so terrible to me. I used to be a person uncommonly terrified with thunder: and it used to strike me with terror, when I saw a thunderstorm rising. But now, on the contrary, it rejoices me. I felt God at the first appearance of a thunderstorm. And used to take the opportunity at such times, to fix myself to view the clouds, and see the lightnings play, and hear the majestic and awful voice of God’s thunder: which often times was exceeding entertaining, leading me to sweet contemplations of my great and glorious God. And while I viewed, used to spend my time, as it always seemed natural to me, to sing or chant forth my meditations; to speak my thoughts in soliloquies, and speak with a singing voice.” (Works 16, 794; The Essential Edwards Collection on Beauty, pg 52).

Do you see the beauty of God in creation? Or his majesty in the midst of the storm?

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