You crown the year with your bounty;

your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

the hills gird themselves with joy,

the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

the valleys deck themselves with grain,

they shout and sing together for joy” Ps.65

I’ve been learning to sing with the whales and the stars of late. What’s so sad about that is I’ve been so stopped up for so long that I never heard them before or the many other thousand of creatures singing at me everyday. Recently in my morning devotions while walking I was overcome with some intense praying. I just couldn’t shake it, my universe was calm at the moment so there was no need for all of that drama. It was as if I heard the Lord speak to me, “what if all these tears through the years about your loved ones was really me praying through you for the city. You see Parris, I create hunger, I create the prayer within you.” I tell you I was undone. Ps.19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utter speech, and night unto night shows knowledge.There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” Did you pick up how the day pours forth his speech? Everyday we are given a cornucopia of beautiful images that declare their speech along with ours back unto their maker. These creatures in fact take on a life all of their own as each created thing “dress” for the day’s celebration. Don’t you too want to be a part of the production that is all around you? But it just doesn’t stop with the voice or the many variety of species for in Ps.19 it talks about how the pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy! We can become a part of the harmonious praise back to God because we are recipients of his great bounty. I mean the mountains are singing and the valleys are shouting! The psalmist has hit upon something of immense theological and ecological significance: that “all creatures of our God and king” have a God-given voice to “lift up and sing.” They have been given back their voice and can you imagine what they are singing? HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD FOR STARTERS! There are a hundred billion galaxies all making noise about just how great is our God. I better join in with them for if the stars are made to worship, so will I!


  1. I feel I’m flowing in a similar stream. Isn’t it something that just 25-30 years ago, before the internet, laptops, smart phones,ect. if you wanted information, you had to research through written words in books, and it also helped if you were taught where to look, otherwise there was always a chance that you might not find what you were looking for. Today, we have access to more than we could ever use, perhaps way to much. Bored, instant entertainment, something broke, watch a video on how to fix it, into sports, watch a game from 1000 miles away right where your at, live. Do you see the pattern developing, I remember a tract that I use to pass out in Fat City in the early eighty’s, it was titled “What can fill the gap” to me it’s never been more relevant. The answer of coarse is the Creator, God the Father, Jesus (God who became a man), and The Holy Spirit.
    With the world busy trying to erase God from history, and trying to fill our children with everything but, I can see God sitting in heaven, extremely content, watching His plan unfolding, with the outcome never in doubt!

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