There is a feud going on in my backyard this beautiful spring day in Nebraska. I have two trees in my back yard but only one is suitable for supporting a nest. For the past two years a family of robins have raised two generations of little robins each spring in the nest. They have been so much fun to watch. I have learned so much about the beautiful robin as I observe their chick-rearing skills. I have not exactly liked all the bird droppings on my lawn furniture but that seems a small price to pay for such an up-close-and-personal education on robins. This year, however, a pair of doves scouted out the property after Mr. Robin was also looking at the property but he seemed to be having problems finding a mate to share it with. Oh there were some lookers but they seemed to rebuff him and so he wasn’t quite prepared to put down all his roots into that nest just yet. And the doves were prepared and they swooped in and took over the property and are making some improvements. Mr. Robin put up a good fight but in the end he has been told in no uncertain terms by Mr. Dove to move on! He seems to have moved on. As I type I can hear the cooing coming from within the leaves of the small tree and so I know that the dove family are probably enlarging the nest to accommodate the little eggs and I will be extending my education as to how doves parent their chicks, bird poop and all. Maybe I should just not put out the summer patio furniture until later. Watching this bird drama play out has been entertaining but it reminds me of how people sometimes fight over such things as houses and yards and dog poop! All part of our life on planet earth I guess.
I was thinking of how beautiful the sunrise was this morning and how the new day dawning somehow soothes my soul. When I see the light of the morning creeping across the sky I often stand and watch in awe as it really takes my breath away with its beauty. Oh it only lasts a moment but how much beauty is wrapped up into that one moment. And then I feel how God is so good to us humans with the beauty of a morning sunrise that seems to paint the sky in hues of purple and pink and orange and red. Or what about the sunsets that are so filled with the oranges and yellows and reds? They are a reminder to me that day is done and not to worry because a new day will dawn tomorrow. The beauty of a night’s rest is coming for many of us and we will be refreshed to meet the dawn of the new day tomorrow. No one can match the beauty that God paints across the sky from dawn until sunset. And then the darkness of the night sky breaks forth with stars so beautiful twinkling their silent song of praise to God their creator and the moon rises to bring forth more light and then I marvel at the beauty God brings to us even in the darkness. God is good to us and so often we don’t even give Him praise for such goodness.
Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled. You who answer prayer, to you all people will come. When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas, who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness overflow; the hills are clothed with gladness. The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing. Psalm 65: 1-13, (New International Version or NIV).
David, the boy who killed a giant and eventually became a king over Israel, spent a lot of time out on in the wilderness as he watched over his father’s sheep. He spent a lot of time in the wilderness as he ran from King Saul who wanted him dead. He spent a lot of time with his musical instruments as well and writing hymns and songs of praise to God. I like this Psalm because David gives praise to God for the beauty of this earth that we all enjoy even today. I imagine that David knew the way of the doves and the robins. I imagine David enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets and the twinkling stars above. I imagine that David’s soul was soothed as he took the time to enjoy the splendor around him and that was his inspiration for writing such beautiful songs of praise to God. We take so much for granted, don’t we? We are so busy in our lives that we expect the sun to rise and then set at the end of the day. We expect that rain will come in spring and snow in winter. We expect that crops will grow and money will be made. We expect that our job will be there each day to greet us and we certainly expect that paycheck to cover all our expenses. We expect that our car will start each day and that we will have a home to cover us at night as we lay our head down on a soft pillow to sleep in a comfortable bed. And just as the doves in my backyard are working to expand their nest in preparation for little eggs to be nurtured until they hatch we take for granted much of our life as normal. And yet without God’s blessings we would have nothing, just like Mr. Robin who got pushed out of his property nest. We must praise God and not forget all He does for us daily.
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever—he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord. Psalm 148:1-14, (NIV).
Where ever you are today, I hope you can stop even for just a moment and enjoy nature around you and thank God and give Him praise for all He does for you and those you love. God is so good to us and blesses us with so much beauty around us and we must give Him praise. The birds do give praise I am sure; I hear it in their songs. The sky gives praise too; I see it in the colors with vibrant hues contrasted with softer colors. The whole earth praises God and we should too.