EARTH: Earth Psalms—Introduction by Francine Rivers

Reflections on How God Speaks Through Nature

Earth Psalms—Introduction by Francine Rivers

From: Earth Psalms

Scriptures say, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the Earth and sky.  Through everything God made, we can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature.  So we have no excuse for not knowing God,” (Romans 1:20).  Everything God has created is a wonder to behold.  If we look closely, we find lessons in our observations.

Writers of the Bible taught lessons through all aspects of the natural world, including plants and animals, reptiles and insects.  King David used metaphors of sheep and pastures.  Solomon wrote proverbs about sparrows and dogs, pigs and vipers, ants, hyraxes, locusts, and lizards.  The prophets warned of how God could stop the rain and bring climate change.  When Jesus walked the Earth, he spoke about wheat and tares, the mustard seed, a pearl, seeds and soil.

God is an artist, and the Earth and the universe are his canvas.  From the microscopic complexities of an atom to the immense, expanding universe with nebulae, black holes, and galaxies, God shows his power and majesty, his attention to detail, and his great and unfailing love for us.  Jesus said if people did not praise him, “The stones will cry out!” (Luke 19:40).

When I was a girl, my family traveled, camped, and explored God’s creation.  I tried to do the same with my children.  It’s in my DNA, so the idea of writing Earth psalms as worship to the Lord sprang from my heart.  Once I started, I couldn’t help but praise him for the diversity and beauty of his handiwork.  I sought lessons and hidden messages in the myriad animals, plants, reptiles, and insects God has made.  Now I have the privilege of sharing with you some of my observations.

Before now, I’d often considered writing a devotional, but I knew I wanted more than my limited view and personal insights.  Tyndale graciously connected me with Karin Buursma, who has enriched my offering with hymns, quotes, reflections, and applications for connecting with God.

A painting is not the painter, but the passion of the artist’s heart is revealed through his work.  Karin and I hope this book will encourage you to look at the world God created and search for the subtle messages that will expand your love for him and your desire for a closer relationship with him.  So lean in, look more closely at the treasure trove, and seek him.  What lessons might God have embedded in the plants, animals, life cycles, and characteristics of his immense, complex, and marvelous creation?  From the depths of the sea to the far reaches of space are countless blessings the Lord offers you.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes, ears, and heart to receive what God has for you.

Enjoy!

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