The Bible helps us to understand how God’s creative word is woven through all that is. Psalm 19 inspires us with awe of God's glory and stirs wonder in our hearts, but how many of us are sensitive to the interconnectedness of creation? Click To Tweet
As we enter the third week of Creation Time (or the Season of Creation) our reflection is based on the resources produced by Eco Congregation Scotland. The resources follow the theme ‘Passing our Planet on: God’s gift to us’, linking to Scotland’s Year of Young People and highlighted in Eco Congregation Scotland’s Annual Gathering. The theme reflects on our planet passing on from one generation to the next, and the gifts given to us by God to support and guide us in our care for creation.
'The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.' Psalm 19: 1-2 Click To Tweet
God’s Glory in Creation and the Law
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19 (NRSV)
Life isn’t straightforward and this awareness inspired the compilers of the Wisdom Literature. Lady Wisdom shouts boldly in the busy street but gets no response from the simpletons and fools who hear her. Are we the fools, when we ignore the call to live lightly on this earth; when we think we are insulated from disaster and can survive the looming ecological crisis? What if this crisis caused by our consumerist lifestyle were to elide with an economic crisis, would we survive the perfect storm? Lady Wisdom would not be sympathetic.
The Bible helps us to understand how God’s creative word is woven through all that is. Psalm 19 inspires us with awe of God’s glory and stirs wonder in our hearts, but how many of us are sensitive to the interconnectedness of creation? How many of us fail to hear the cries of protest, from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to the BBC’s Blue Planet 2? What is it we don’t understand and why are we in denial? Is it that we secretly want the honey and the gold? If we have become half-hearted and apathetic, are these the hidden faults that the psalmist cries out to be purged?
This reflection is based on the resources for Creation Time 2018 from Eco Congregation Scotland.