Ordering within the Creation (Ps 147:8)

Psalm 147:8 “He covers the heavens with clouds, provides rain for the earth, and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.

In the order of the world there is an excellent chain of causes, by which all things hang together, that so they may lead up the soul to the Lord. – Thomas Manton.

I like what Thomas Manton says here about how the world should lead us to lift our eyes to God.  Instead of looking for God literally within His creation (as a pantheist would) we are to marvel at the intricately woven chain of dependency and then marvel at God.

What does this mean for an earth increasingly burdened by “broken links” in the chain (environmental problems, eradication of species, etc)?  I’m not sure.   Also, isn’t it sad that evolutionary theory has done its best to turn God’s glory as revealed by His creation upon its head?  Instead of seeing His handiwork as a source of praise, we end up burdened with a head full of questions about how to reconcile carbon dating, fossils, and plate tectonics with His word.  Sad.

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The Character of God is Revealed by His Creation

Evolution may be atheistic; but the doctrine of creation logically demands worship; and hence, as the tree is known by its fruit, it proves itself to be true. Those who were created by command are under command to adore their Creator. The voice which said “Let them be,” now saith “Let them praise.”   -Spurgeon

Once there is a Creator, an original “mover” or whatever you wish to call God, then His work demands a response.  How can we look at the majesty of His creation and not lift our eyes to worship Him?  I like his comment here too:

“The highest praise of God is to declare what he is. We can invent nothing which would magnify the Lord: we can never extol him better than by repeating his name, or describing his character. The Lord is to be extolled as creating all things that exist, and as doing so by the simple agency of his word. He created by a command; what a power is this!”  -Spurgeon

The order of creation, the way that time and the universe orderly continue to work out His plans, testify to His attributes and praise.  Thus, it makes sense to me when I read yesterday that our yes should be yes and our no, no; we should keep our promises humble because we have so very little under our own control.   We do not have the power to change the color of even one of our hairs, to add one day to the scope of our earthy lives or an inch to our stature while here.   We are fragile needy people who should not make promises that we cannot keep or guarantee:

“But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” -Matthew 5:34-36

I think Christ and the Psalmist’s point in both cases is to allow the glory of His creation and what He can do dominate the landscape of our minds.   As we acknowledge and witness His greatness, we are able to see our own position with right eyes and a right heart.

“His almighty power upholds all things in their spheres, securing the march of stars and the flight of seraphs; and thus the music of the upper regions is never marred by discord, nor interrupted by destruction. The eternal hymn is for ever chanted; even the solemn silence of the spheres is a perpetual psalm.” -Spurgeon

When we look up at the stars and feel very small, we can feel lost, even insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe.  We should look up with eyes that appreciate Him and glory in the thought that He created us with some resemblance to Him at all.  We hold a privileged place in His creation.   We are granted the ability to be self aware and other-aware.  Let us not waste the gifts we have been given or make so much of ourselves that we can’t see Him for who He is.

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Another thought on this creationist/evolutionist perspective–this time from Psalm 147:

“And the wonder of the peculiarity is enhanced by thoughts borrowed from the wonders of nature. We know a thousand times more of the nature, formation, and purpose of the snow than the Psalmist did. But that knowledge is dearly earned if our science destroys our faith. What amount or precision of scientific knowledge can compensate us for the loss of the spiritual sensibility, Which in all the wonders and beauties of the Creation brings us into personal contact with an infinitely wise mind and an infinitely loving heart?” – Hugh Macmillan, in “Two Worlds are Ours,” 1880.