The Fame of His Goodness

God is speaking through creation. Are we listening?

On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

   - Psalm 145.5-7

Understand the creation, if you wish to know the Creator; if you will not know the former either, be silent concerning the Creator, but believe in the Creator.

   - Columbanus, Sermon I, Irish, 7th century

How much we miss each day because we have not yet learned to hear the voice of the Lord in the things He has made! 

All around us, day by day, the creation “pours forth” (Ps. 19.1-4) words of glory, glimpses of God and His splendor, majesty, greatness, goodness, and righteousness. We go through life like travelers at an airport, rushing to the next gate to make our connection, paying little attention to whatever is going on around us and thinking only about what we have to do next. 

But the creation is not like an airport terminal, but a great museum in which are displayed the glory-filled works of God. The fame of God’s abundant goodness awaits us, if only we will take the time to look.

Choose an object – a tree, leaf, bird, or even something made by men. Focus on its shape, size, proportions, function, unseen components, and overall beauty. As you study it carefully, to apprehend and appreciate its many features, recall that God upholds this object by His Word of power, and through it He bears witness to Himself. It is a token of His power, a sample of His greatness and abounding goodness, whereby He fills His creation with objects to serve and delight those who know and honor Him (Pss. 119.89-91; 111.2).

Speak to the Lord; praise Him for what He has shown you of Himself, be it ever so slight. Such meditations on the Word of God in creation can be a source of enrichment for our souls. The artistry of the Great Master speaks to us of His steadfast love and faithfulness, but we must be willing to slow down, reflect, and wait on Him to make His presence known.

God is speaking to us in all the things He has made. What are we missing by not taking the time to listen?

Psalm 145.1-3, 4-6 (Brother James’ Air: “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”)
I will extol You, God, my King, and ever praise Your Name!
I bless You, Lord, for everything each day, and e’er the same!
Great are You, Lord, my praise I bring; unsearchable Your fame!

To ev’ry generation we Your wondrous works shall tell.
The splendor of Your majesty we contemplate full well.
We speak of all Your mighty deeds and all Your greatness tell!

Lord, let all the elements in heaven and earth bring eternal sweetness to enrich my soul. Adapted from Litany of Creation

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T. M. Moore, Principal
tmmoore@ailbe.

[1] Walker, p. 65.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT. 

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