Clothed with Splendor and Majesty

by Rev. Nick Chambers

I remember first discovering Google Earth. I spent hours fascinated by its ability to scale seamlessly from cosmos to street corner. I looked up places I had lived, visited, or never seen before—both the spectacular and the lackluster, the crowded and the uninhabited. Even so, the quality and features of the tool have vastly improved over the years. While writing this, I have pulled it up and double-clicked until the screen was all green, then until a particular grey mass appeared in the midst of the green, until lines and colors emerged, until familiar road patterns came into view, then the corner of Peachtree and Spring, and finally until Peachtree’s courtyard filled the entire screen. I almost expected to see our gardener Mai walking back and forth, tending to all the greenery. 

Psalm 104 takes us a similar telescoping journey. The shape of it leaves no rock unturned. It surveys the skies, the land, the primordial forces and foundations of the earth. It treads the mountains and follows the rivers as they shape the landscape.

Then it begins to populate the scene: birds and trees, castle and grass. It moves into the dimension of time: the seasons, the gleaming and gloaming of days, the way they give rhythm to human work and economy.

This no mere catalog of scientific observations. It is an awestruck response to the creating and refreshing work of the Spirit in all things. At every level, the hand of God is present and providing. All the way from most massive to the most minute and mundane, there is care. And it all works as whole. The primordial force of water is wielded to feed and grow and move.

 Pray Psalm 104 today and throughout your week. Let it open your eyes to the things all around you everyday that speak of God’s care for creation.