On the fifth day (Schedelsche Weltchronik, Hartmann Schedel, Wikimedia Commons)
Joyce Sasse, Spiritual Gleanings
You might start preparing for your celebration of Earth Day (April 22) by reading Psalm 8. Three thousand years ago the ancient poet, as he looked at the Creation, was overwhelmed by feelings of grandeur and beauty.
What was more, he felt the God who created all this saw fit to treat humankind, one of the creatures, with dignity and respect. The Psalm starts - “O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! Your praise reaches up to the heavens… When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars which you set in their place” I see how amazing you are.Writer James Taylor paraphrases some of the rest of the Psalm by asking “Who am I? Why do you care about mere mortals? We have existed less than a second in the great clock of creation (but) you share the secrets of the Universe with us; you trust us to look after the earth on your behalf.” Can’t you imagine the WOW? “My God, my God! How amazing you are!”
Then, paraphrasing Psalm 111, Taylor continues with the same sentiment. “The bright blue planet spins in the vast darkness of space. Only on this small ball do we know life exists. The vision takes our breath away. Taxes and field mice, humans and whales, eagles and ants – all are woven together in a tapestry of relationships … This egg floating in the dark womb of the Universe is like God’s own embryo. We share an awesome and terrible responsibility.”
Look again to the words of the ancient poet as quoted in Scripture. “All that God does is faithful and just … With all my heart I will give thanks.”
How better to affirm that this is a God of compassion and mercy?