Saturday, August 6, 2011

His Glory Reflected in His Creation

I've alluded to the worship that rises in my soul when I see the beauty of creation.  To me, it is a physical illustration of God's extravagant, passionate love for us.  As His creation glorifies Him with its beauty, so my heart rejoices in Him and praises Him!
The following poem by Grace Livingston Hill in "A Chautauqua Idyl" illustrates it beautifully.



The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
The spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim;
The unwearied sun, from day to day,
does his Creator's power display.
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale.
and nightly to the listening earth
Repeats the story of her birth;
While all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets in their turn,
Confirm the tidings as they roll,
and spread the truth from pole to pole.

What though, in solemn silence, all
Move round the dark, terrestrial ball?
What though no real voice or sound
Amid their radiant orbs be found?
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious voice,
Forever singing as they shine,
The Hand that made us is divine.



Joining Ginger and Charlotte to celebrate Spiritual Sundays,
Have a blessed and joy-filled day!
Carol

20 comments:

Mildred said...

Stunning photos and a lovely poem. I know when my husband visited the Grand Canyon, he said much the same as you....only God could have created something so grand and glorious.

Have a blessed weekend, Carol.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a sweet and touching post!!!

Linda O'Connell said...

The photos and poem are beautiful. Thanks for this inspirational post.

Pamela said...

Your pictures are beautiful and illustrated Hill's poem so well. Our God paints the sky with beauty!

I hope your Sunday is full of joy,
Pamela

Miss Gracie's House said...

Well said!
Have a wonderful day of worship!
Rene

Whidbey Woman said...

Such a lovely post! Tonight there's a chance we'll see the Northern Lights here in Washington State. We're going to go out for a drive before bedtime and find a place away from the lights. At least we'll see stars, which also amaze me! oh, and we've had such nice sunsets and sunrises lately. Praise God for His beautiful creation. May we all be better stewards of it!

Vee said...

Lovely poem (I had no idea that GLH wrote poetry) and beautiful photographs to complement it.

Saleslady371 said...

I agree; God's creation is inspiring. Had a great afternoon with Carrie in the park today. Cool breezes amidst a strong sun! I could feel Him so close!

micey said...

love it! all of it! =]

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Great poem, highlighted by awesome pictures...can we ever understand His majesty? NO, but we can enjoy it!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love your beautiful pictures and the poem!
Happy Spiritual Sunday!

Cindy said...

Beautiful photos!!! I love them and the poem is lovely, too.
God's creation does the same to me, too. He did nothing in a small way when it came to creating this universe!
Hugs, Cindy

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

WOW! These are such beautiful pictures along with an amazing poem.
Blessings,
Ginger

Sara said...

Thanks for the awesome photos and words. I needed the reminder- we are in such a drought here that it is soooo hard to find beauty in God's creation- the grass is shiveled and dead, the ground is cracked, the trees are loosing their leaves, the livestock is wasting away, and people are loosing their livelihoods left and right. Thanks for the reminder that even in that, God's hand is at work.

Sara said...

Thanks for the awesome photos and words. I needed the reminder- we are in such a drought here that it is soooo hard to find beauty in God's creation- the grass is shiveled and dead, the ground is cracked, the trees are loosing their leaves, the livestock is wasting away, and people are loosing their livelihoods left and right. Thanks for the reminder that even in that, God's hand is at work.

no spring chicken said...

I've never heard this poem before. It's amazing! Thank you for sharing it... I'm going back to reread it!!

Blessings, Debbie

Debbie said...

Grace Livingston Hill happens to be a personal favorite of mine.

The poem, along with those AWESOME pictures, is just wonderful.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carol, this was just beautiful. Thanks.

I have been awed with His majesty and His might lately. He really is our heart's desire. I have fallen in love with Him all over again.

XO,

Sheila :-)

char72 said...

Beautiful - just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Jaybird said...

Great post!! The poem was written by Joseph Addison in 1712, and the music for the hymn was added by Franz Haydn in 1798. It is hard for me to even imagine that all of that is still affecting people and changing lives!! It is wonderful that you have used it in this post so beautifully!!
This old church music minister has enjoyed every moment and every word.
Thanks and many blessings to you,
J