Psalm 104:33-34 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
These verses are set to music in a song I like very much, appropriately enough, since they talk about singing to God. The context is that they come at the end of a recitation of many of God’s wonderful works, particularly in creation and provision. A well-known hymn says to “count your blessings,” but this goes beyond that to things that don’t just impact us, but bless all mankind. Actually, any of the “natural sciences” should generate feelings of awe and praise to our Creator, because this universe is marvelous beyond our capacity to appreciate it all. Several scientists have pointed out the incredible complexity of it all. I don’t remember how many zeros are in the number that expresses the probability of it all happening by chance, but even so, some people still insist that it indeed happened by chance, because they don’t want to face accountability to their Creator. How much better to be like the Psalmist, who rejoiced to praise such a marvelous Creator! Whether we believe something or not doesn’t change the facts, but it certainly changes our response to them. When we understand from the Bible that our Creator is our heavenly Father, who loved us so much He not only created this universe for us to live in, He sent His Son to take the penalty for our sin so that we may live eternally with Him, then gratitude, praise, and joy are unending. When we reject that Biblical picture of God, then we are left with various futile imaginations which are powerless to give us the joy, peace, and security our hearts crave.
I keep coming back to how incredibly blessed I am to have been raised in a family that was intellectually rigorous and loved God above all. Sadly, that combination isn’t common. Forced to a choice, I would certainly choose a right relationship with God above all else, but being thoughtful about it, investigating this world He created, is certainly desirable. An article I read recently said that intellectually gifted people are less likely than others to be religious, but it also said that such people are prone to believe absurdities. In my book, atheism is one of those absurdities! I delight in the continuing scientific discoveries and inventions that are being made, at a pace that has accelerated to the point that many people are unable to keep up emotionally. However, I must be careful to keep all of it in the context of the One who created it all in the first place and then gave us the ability to investigate it. Images from the Hubble space telescope produce awe and delight in many, but I need to be sure they also generate gratitude and praise, at least in my own heart. That the One who created all of that would love me so personally and intensely is beyond comprehension, but it is the greatest miracle of all.
Father, thank You for the magnificence of Your creation. Help me live in a right relationship with the physical universe because I’m in a right relationship with You. Help me be effective in drawing others into that right relationship as well, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!