Understanding God’s Environment

Psalm 36:6 – Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,  your justice like the ocean depths.  You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.

I have never been a great lover of nature.  While I appreciate the beauty and majesty of creation around me, I cannot help but only see dirt.  I do not like the beach because of sand.  It just gets everywhere.

I am thankful in these moments that God did not just stop with dirt and sand.  He made beautiful mountains, deep oceans, breath-taking landscapes, and gorgeous flowers.  And, He made it all for us.

While I am wondering about the beauty of nature, I always come around to thinking about how it is a reflection of God’s very own nature.  The psalmist shares that God’s righteousness, His idea of right living, is like a might mountain.  His idea of what we should be and how we we should act is a tall, strong, immovable symbol.  His justice is likened to the unfathomable depths of the ocean.  How he cares and the lengths that He is willing to go for you and me are of the deepest ever known.

To the early perspective, a mountain would be the tallest thing, the largest thing around their world.  An ocean, well an ocean would be the deepest place that would have ever seen.  They would not have had the equipment to scale the tallest mountains or explore the deepest oceans.  It was beyond their reach.  It was other to them.

I believe we need a little of that otherness in our understanding of God.  Who God is and what God can do is beyond what we know and understand.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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