This week I’m teaching at a Performing Arts Camp. It’s a really cool day-camp where kids take classes in performing arts and then put on a full length musical drama on the last day. It’s intense.
This is Lydia’s first year to be in Performing Arts Camp (as opposed to the preschool VBS) and I love seeing her discover new things and learn to work and be on her own. It’s taken me all week to get the songs onto my iPhone so we can listen to it on the way each morning and home each night. (In case you were wondering, Media.io is an easy way to change a WMA file to a MP3.)
This morning we were listening to a song called Wild Worship. The lyrics say, “Listen to the wild worship. Listen to the wild sing. Listen to the wild praise you, praise you Lord as King. Listen to the wild worship. Listen to the wild cry. Listen to the wild praise you as their voices fill the sky. They lift you up on high.”
Lydia could not understand how animals praise God. How is a lion’s roar worship? Is a cow’s moo worship?
We recently had almost this same conversation about the verse about the heavens declaring the glory of God. Lydia did not understand how stars could tell of God’s greatness. How can a star or a tree worship God?
This is an interesting thought. Do trees worship? Do stars praise? Do animals actually use their mouths to praise the Lord?
I’m not sure. What I am sure of is this:
Creation does tell of God, our Creator.
When I see trees, I see God’s faithfulness. A God who creates a tree to flower in spring, produce fruit in summer, prepare in autumn and sleep in winter shows me that God is in the midst of every season of my life. A God who creates trees to give shelter, shade, homes and food and more to humans and animals alike is a God who provides. A God who creates everything from weeping willows to redwoods to dogwoods is a God of beauty and one who delights in giving good gifts.
I’m not trying to be a hyper-creationist by saying, “How could anyone believe in evolution?!!” I’m just saying, WOW! Creation does shout of God’s amazing qualitites. Trees, animals, weather, space, plants and humans are so amazing that I can’t help but see them all showing off…or rather, God showing off through them.
It’s as if God is saying, “Look! Look what I made for you! This tree! THIS TREE can give you food. But if you wait a few months, it will also give you shade in summer. And wait! You cannot even believe this, it is going to turn red and brown and gold and wow you with it’s colors. And that’s not all! Did you know this same tree houses hundreds of insects? Families of birds? squirrels? But I’m not done yet. Just wait, WAIT till Spring and you see the flowers I made for you. Their fragrance is like nothing you’ve ever smelled before! Not only that, you could cut this tree down and burn it to keep you warm. Or cut it up to make yourself a shelter to protect you. And this is just ONE tree! One small piece of my vast creation!”
So, it’s not really creation that’s singing or shouting. It’s God speaking through his creation. It’s God drawing you to Himself through his creativity. And his creativity is so loud that it’s as if all of creation is shouting out the amazing attributes of God!
Maybe it’s just me. But today as I tried (tried!) to explain the wild worship to Lydia, I felt it. I felt the world singing and world shouting the greatness of God.
Where do you see God’s greatness? the wild worship?