One of the very first things that God reveals to us about himself is that he is the Creator. In the first few chapters of the Bible we find an array of reasons for us to express worship to God, and we see this taking place throughout the rest of the Bible.
The Bible often uses the word ‘creation’ when talking about the world around us because, to state the obvious, we find that it was all created. At one time there was nothing. No universe. No light. No Starbucks. Just an empty void of nothingness. But then God said, ‘let there be light’, and there was. He spoke and all things were created. The power of his voice brought all things into existence.
God also created everything in the universe that still remains unknown or unexplained by human beings. The ever-increasing mysteries of the galaxies and the stars above. The seemingly unsearchable depths of the deepest oceans. The intricate complexities of the human body. God created it all.
In fact, he has not stopped creating. The ever-growing abundance of human life on planet earth alone is a staggering example of this truth. Since 2013 UNICEF estimates that an average of 353,000 babies are born each day around the world. That’s around 255 births globally per minute, or 4.3 births every second!
He is the giver and sustainer of all life. All created things have a beginning and an ending, but not so their Creator. He is the beginning and the end of all things. The Alpha and the Omega. He is infinitely creative beyond our understanding.
His power in creation is terrifyingly great. It should cultivate a healthy fear in the hearts of human beings. Fearing God in this way is a genuine and beautiful act of worship. As we develop a true estimation of who God is and who we are in comparison, worship springs forth. Understanding who God is, and allowing our hearts to receive the revelation of his awesome power as displayed in creation, should play a prominent role in our worship day to day. It should not be overlooked. The Bible takes it seriously.
King David in Psalm 33:6-9 calls the people to worship God exuberantly for his mighty works in creation. Psalm 8 is a song of King David that also shows us that praising God for His incredible work in creation is a totally Biblical expression of worship. We are encouraged by the psalmists to remind ourselves time and time again of the great wonders of God’s hand.
When we come together with other believers, we are invited to worship God for the fact that he spoke and the heavens were made. That when God breathed, the stars came into existence. Nothing is that God did not first give life to. Whatever you see around you, God spoke it into being. God commanded it to be. Letting the Bible remind you of this truth will give you plenty of reasons to worship God with the highest kind of praise.
D.S. Whitney once wrote that God ‘has revealed Himself through Creation…thus the right response to the stunning sunset or the spectacular mountain view is worship the Creator’. We don’t worship the created (Romans 1:18-23), we worship the Creator who is revealed in and through creation. Creation sings the glories of the Creator. When we look at the night sky and see his handy work, the moon and the stars that he set in place; it rightly moves us to worship. What are mere mortals that God should think about them? What are human beings that he should care so deeply for them? What an awesome God!
So, the next time you look up at the night sky, the next time you see the rolling green hills of the countryside, or the rushing waters of a river; worship the one who made them. Enjoy the small details of every blade of grass and stand in awe at the sight of every insect crawling along the pavement. Rejoice in the majesty and size of the highest mountain peaks. Worship the one who painted the stunning beauty of the skies at sunset. Let the song of creation move you to worship the Creator. Celebrate the wonders of God’s glory on display in creation. And do not keep quiet about it. Praise him out loud for it all.
“Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee. How great Thou art!“