Scripture: Psalm 147:1-11
Key Verses: (7-11)
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Reflection: For me the jury is still out on whether beaches or the mountains are the most beautiful places to be. Both have magnificent displays of the glories of God’s creation. Having just spent a couple of days in the mountains I have vivid memories of amazing vistas, cloud-filled valleys, and green pastures. Almost every morning we awoke to see the clouds settling into far-away valleys, making a green and white blanket from east to west.
In the quiet of a mountain retreat, giving thanks to God comes more easily, perhaps, than in our busy, distracted lives. In such a place it is possible to see how the rain nourishes the earth and animals find sustenance. It prompts our thanksgiving.
But this psalm selection begins with our delight and ends with what delights God. God as Creator has made the world and has placed us in it. Then God provides for the world. What delights God is not the symbols of the world’s power and might – the strength of the horse or the speed of a runner. What delights God is much gentler – those who revere and respect God and who put their trust in the God who made the heavens and the earth. God delights in those who delight in him.
You can do that in the mountains, at the beach, or wherever you are right now.
Prayer: We do give thanks, O God, and delight in the beauty of your creation. Help us to honor and respect you and all that we say, think, and do. Help us to live so that you might delight in us. In the name of the God of all creation, we pray. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].