Naturally Worship

How can we have a deeper relationship with our Creator? When we look to Psalm 8, we see that we are called to experience His majesty in His Creation.

Psalm 8 : 1
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

The greatest privilege we have in this life is to be in relationship with our Creator and He has provided a setting that is without equal. (No, it’s not Disney World!)

“You have set your glory above the heavens…”

These days, I feel most connected to our Creator when I’m on an airplane and sitting in a window seat.

Psalm 8 : 3
“When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place….”

That perspective of the earth, that view, is so incredible and is maybe the closest we can come in this world to have a glimpse of the enormity of God’s creation. And it’s only a partial view!

Looking at mountaintops when flying out west; seeing cloud formations in the midst of storms; watching rivers roll through their appointed places; seeing the sun, moon and stars where He has hung them to give us light…all these sights remind us of how vast, how powerful, and how creative is our Lord Creator God.

Psalm 8 : 4
“…what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”

Whatever makes us think that we have any power at all, in the midst of such glory? The only power we have is whatever power He decides to give us in a particular moment. And flying is a reminder of that. 

But up in the air isn’t the only way to experience a connection with the Lord.  I’ve also experienced God’s presence in the depths of the earth. 

Looking at God’s majesty forces us to have
a right view of ourselves.

When my children were younger, my mother and I took them on a trip to see Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Mammoth Cave is the largest cave system in the United States, stretching and winding some 300 miles beneath the earth.

One of the highlights of that trip was a tour in the caverns…how dark and moist and terrifying it was! Our guide walked us alongside the walls of the cave, showing us creatures that lived there as we experienced the temperature changes that go along with being so far underground.

At a certain point in the tour, we were gathered and seated in an area where the guide was able to share interesting facts about the first explorations of the caverns. 
What brave and crazy people were those explorers! At that time, there was no electricity to light their paths…so to demonstrate just how dark the caves are naturally, the guide turned off all lights in our area.

It was pitch black, darker than anything a normal, modern person would naturally experience. The darkness was so large and so all-encompassing that it was frightfully wondrous. And our only reaction to that kind of power was…silence.

Silence is such a powerful form of worship. It is our most profound reaction when faced with the glory of the Creator of Heaven and Earth…the Creator of us.

Getting back to our original glory, the Lord’s greatest creation, requires us to look at this majesty, so as to have a right view of ourselves. We are wonderfully and fearfully made, as the Psalmist teaches, but in our current state, we are also wicked and weak. 

Experiencing the glory of creation, we cannot possibly think more highly of ourselves than we ought. We are rightfully made aware of who God is and who we are; our perspective is set straight.

Have you yourself ever decided to purposefully seek God in His creation? Maybe by having your morning coffee outdoors somewhere, or by taking a vacation in one of our great national parks? You (and your children) will experience the Lord’s majesty more fully in just one of those trips than 100 years of Disney World vacations will ever provide.

I know that places like Disney can be fun (especially if you have big bags of money that you want to unload), but the reality is that for the most part, Disney World displays man’s glory. I’ll let you in on a little secret… the truth is that God’s glory in the Creation is greater. Don’t miss that…seek Him in that wild, beautiful space and get a glimpse of who the Lord is and come to terms with who you are. You will be blessed in the adventure.

Psalm 8 : 9
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”