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The Psalms are overflowing with references and allusions to creation!  One of the down sides of our high tech culture is that we are significantly insulated from the natural world.  We spend the majority of our time in climate controlled buildings breathing air recycled by mechanical systems.  We get our tans out of tubes.  Our idea of back to nature is drinking processed water out of a plastic bottle.  The by-product of all of this is that we are out-of-touch with the world that God created and out-of-tune with much of what the Psalms have to say. 

I counted about twenty-five references or allusions to creation in eleven psalms (Psalm 90-100).  Here are some of the ways in which they employ the creation.

The Psalms use creation to teach us about God.  They speak of God’s might as greater than “the breakers of the sea,” (93:3-4).  They talk of lightning illuminating the world while the earth “sees and trembles,” (97:4).  Did you know:

*      The average lightning strike is 2 to 6 miles long;

 

*      A cloud to ground lightning channel can be 2 to 10 miles long;

 

*      In October, 2001, a lightning detection system measured a bolt that traveled more than 110 miles;

 

*      Lightning reaches up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (four times hotter than the surface of the sun);

 

*      Voltage in a cloud to ground strike can be anywhere from one hundred million to one billion volts.

 

*      There are about 100 lightning strikes a second or 8,640,000 per day?*

Creation bears witness to the greatness of its Creator!

The Psalms use creation to teach us about man’s relationship with God.  God is a "rock" to Israel (94:22, 95:1).  This is not the thing you step on in your bare feet when you go out to get the paper, it is a massive rock that provides protection, refuge, and stability.  (Think the Rock of Gibraltar).   Furthermore, the people of Israel are “the people of His pasture, the flock under His care,” (95:7).  He covers them “with His feathers, and under His wings” they find refuge (91:4).  Through these pcitures and others, God is made known.  

The Psalms speak of God’s relationship with creation.   In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land,” (95:4-6).   God is not only the creator of the world, He is also its sustainer.  He is not remote or detached from it --- it is spoken of as being in His hands.  This is a picture of intimacy.  For its part, creation is said to rejoice in the rule of God.  The seas “resound,” while the rivers “claps their hands,” and “mountains sing together for joy,” (98:7-8).   

From all of this it should be clear that we need to think of our Father as Creator, rather than simply as just our Creator.  While it’s true that we are the pinnacle of His creation being made in His image, an exclusive emphasis on this will cause us to miss other important biblical truths relative to the rest of His creation.

What are those truths?  One would be that creation shares in our story --- the redemption story.  When man was cursed, so was creation (Genesis 3:17ff).  Correspondingly, it shares in the same hope that we have (Romans 8:19ff).  And why not?  After all, it has the same Lord!

What does all of this mean?  It means that redemption involves more than just man.  It embraces a wider scope and is even more glorious than many people realize (Colossians 1:19-20; Ephesians 1:9-10).  This just makes that the song that we or the psalmist have to sing fuller, richer, and deeper. 

Just like our Father!

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