8th August 2020
'the heaven of heavens'
I have just returned from six days in Scotland,
mostly on the Isle of Mull, one day on Iona.
If anyone doubts the power and creativity of God,
I recommend they travel the A82
which follows the western shores of Loch Lomond
and through the Trossachs, or tour Mull
(only for the brave, the narrow, single track roads
are quite terrifying).
The grandeur of the scenery takes one's breath away
and the skies are spectacular.
The mountains and valleys; the lochs and sea;
the variety of wild life and flora;
it could not fail to make me to turn to our maker
in awe and praise echoing Nehemiah
"You are the Lord, you alone.
You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens,
with all their host,
the earth and all that is on it.
We may understand some facts about the creator
and designer of the world from looking at the earth
on which we live.
The fact that He made everything makes it clear
that He is powerful.
We see that He loves order and sets clear rules,
because those laws govern nature.
However, if we want to know more about the character or purpose of God
we need to turn to the revelation God has made of Himself;
to His word, the Bible.
Right from the start,
we notice that the Bible is totally in agreement
with what we understand from looking at the world around us.
The very first verse of the Bible tells us that it was indeed God
who made all things.
In the beginning God created the heavens and then earth
The Bible agrees with what we can see,
at whatever level we look,
whether we look up at the expansive beauty of night sky
or into a microscope at an individual cell.
However we do it, using the Bible as our source of information
about God is totally logical.
When thinking about God,
we really need to look at God's word
to see what else it tells us about Him.
What an amazing privilege he has given us;
he has invited us to get to know him through his Word
in which he tells us about what he is like,
what is his purpose is with the world,
and the relationship he wants with us.
Visiting Iona was an intensely spiritual experience;
whether sitting in the beautiful abbey
where the prayers offered there by the saints
down through the centuries have been breathed into the walls,
or walking along the sea shore on the white sand;
the presence of our triune God was strongly felt.
My visit was all too short
and I would love to go back there on a retreat.
God is an awesome Creator,
revealed in the world about us;
what shall our response be?
Let us echo the world of Psalm 96
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and cry out joyfully with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
And give thanks that the one who flung stars into space,
created the sea and mountains,
also loves and cares for each and every one of us.