Key Verse: “He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.” – Psalm 147:9
Picture yourself submersed in one of your favorite spots in nature. Imagine being surrounded by those peaceful sounds, beautiful scenes, and enticing smells. Whether it is in the calm breeze making the leaves dance, a gentle waterfall flowing over rounded rocks, a fragrant bloom bursting with vibrant color, or – my personal favorite – a majestic view of strong, untamed mountains, God’s handiwork can be found all around us. In enjoying nature as one of life’s simple pleasures, we can often feel God’s presence and learn more about our amazing Creator.
God created all of the scenes of nature that we love and enjoy. As our key verse today states, He created all of our planet’s natural beauty. This verse shows, though, that our God also provides for His creation and through His creation. The second part of the verse says that “He supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.” God not only created those hills and that green grass, but He also provides the rain to make the grass grow. Through His creation, He provides for His creatures, as the next verse in the psalm illustrates. God created this beauty of nature, provides for it, and sustains it.
Just spending time in God’s natural creation can do wonders for a weary soul. Psalm 23:2-3 displays the healing and peace God’s nature provides. The psalmist explains that “[God] makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” When we open our eyes to see it, nature reveals God’s greatness and power in His creation. His greatness is shown in the variety of creatures inhabiting the earth or in the immenseness of the mountains, plains, or ocean. We can also experience God’s vast love in nature. Think about the love of an animal mother to her offspring or the love shown in how God sustains life and makes it thrive.
Oh, the beauty of God’s creation! Each detail of life is so unique and so intricate, yet such a simple thing to enjoy wherever we are. No matter what part of the world you find yourself in, we can delight in God’s creation, be it in landscape, plant life, or a breathing creature.
For this surrounding beauty and God’s love for all of us shown in His creation, we are to return that love in servitude, trust and reliance on Him, and praise for nature’s always enjoyable simple pleasures!
Other verses to ponder:
Genesis 2:9 – “And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.”
Psalm 23:2-3 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
Questions for you: What simple pleasures in life do you enjoy? How do these simple things remind you of God’s greatness and love? What else can you learn from what God created for us to delight in?