“You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our Savior! You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. You formed the mountains by Your power and armed yourself with mighty strength! You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations. Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders! From where the sun rises to where it sets, You inspire shouts of joy! You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. The river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for You have ordered it so. You drench the plowed ground with rain, melting the clods and leveling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops. You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy. The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!” (New Living Translation)
Those words from Scripture brought to mind the words of this hymn…
“For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies.
“For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of light,
“For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild,
“For yourself, best gift divine,
to the world so freely given,
agent of God’s grand design:
peace on earth and joy in heaven.
“Christ, our Lord, to you we raise
this, our hymn of grateful praise!”
(Folliott Sandford Pierpoint, 1864)
And me this morning… Still worshiping!