Wednesday in the Word: Music to God’s Ears

Psalm 96:11-12 NKJV “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD.”

As I write this, it is a nearly perfect autumn day. While the leaves haven’t changed yet, tiny pops of color are starting to show.  The blue sky is filled with white cotton clouds. And the cool breeze blowing across my front porch is relaxing and promises no more exhausting heat of summer will come my way. At least not for today.

The breeze is just strong enough to coax a song from the wind chimes hanging at the corner of my porch. The music they create is not the tinny sound some might associate with chimes. These are larger chimes made of heavier metal. The result is a rich, pleasant ringing as the wooden disc in the middle taps each individual chime.

Days like today remind me that even in its fallen state, nature recognizes and praises its Creator. With the praise of the breeze bringing it to life, even my wind chime joins in the melody. It’s a powerful song that we, too, can enjoy if we’re willing to sit and listen a while.

Nature holds nothing back in its praise. It offers it freely, without premeditation. Hurricanes don’t stop it. A forest fire can’t suffocate it. Tornadoes can’t blow it away. In fact, they have their own voices to add to the praise.

Too often, people discount the natural wonders around them. They use up what it offers without thought and destroy it completely when it gets in their way. But today, as I sit here listening to my wind chimes, I think I want to learn from what I see and feel around me.

I want to praise my Creator as freely and naturally as the rest of His creation. My worship should spring up inside me without thought. I want it to blow like a relaxing autumn breeze over those I come in contact with and make my life sweet music to God’s ears.

What about you? Is there something from nature that makes you feel close to God and fuels your praise?


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  1. Donna Stearns says:

    The sky-whether it’s an ocean of blue, dotted with white puffy pillows, the many colors of sunrise and sunset, or a night sky filled with constellations and planets, and even the “man in the moon”—as the songs goes—these are some of my favorite things. And I don’t want to leave out the dark clouds filled with the promise of rain, nor the dark night sky whispering peace. I know one day when I look to the East, the clouds will carry my Savior welcoming me home.