God’s Praise of Creation

When we speak about creation it almost always is within the context of: God creating, God destroying, or how man perceives God’s creation. We are always praising God as his creation, his paramount creature; we give thanks for the creation all around us as a present testimony to our Creator. There is however another voice, God himself praising creation.

Some examples of this praise are the following:

Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Genesis 2:3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

creation-iconElsewhere, Scripture which points to the uses of God’s creation; water in Baptismbread and wine in the Lord’s suppertongues of fire at Pentecost. These creations however are used by God to bless. In the three examples shown it is God who praises or blesses his creation either for their function or in faithfulness to their purpose.

The “very goodness” of creation is God’s proclamation of praise! A mistake would be to assume that God has made an idol of veneration. God’s praise is a stamp of approval, a life sustaining statement. His praise sets apart what we call the earth and the universe around us as God’s own. In this way God blesses the Seventh Day and makes it holy, a day set apart for rest in the Lord of Life.

In the final example it has been sadly supposed that the truest of faith can do anything, the mustard seed is seen as a faith to be grasped and sought after. Actually this final passage wonderfully sums up the entirety of God praising creation. The mustard seed is really about Jesus, nothing is impossible for him, even creating faith or growing it where it is weak. The narrative isn’t about the disciples becoming faithful enough to move mountains it is about trusting the very God, Jesus Christ, who made and placed those mountains where they are. Faith in this Jesus is a faith that can move mountains, it is the possibility to make clean the sins which were otherwise impossible to wash away ourselves. Jesus dies on the cross, like a seed must die in the ground, in order that life sprout forth and give way to the foliage and fruit of faith–eternal and everlasting life!

God’s praise of creation has its final purpose in redemption through the Son. For our sake and for our salvation Christ died and rose again to create a very good creation anew. In Jesus we rest, no longer in the Seventh Day, but in his created Eighth Day [1] of perfection, his Day of Resurrection. The Father’s praise of his creation is completed in the raising up of his Son, who came into this world and ascended from it, making all things new (Revelation 21:5)! All praise be to God!

[1] In an allegorical sense the eighth day signifies the future life; for Christ rested in the sepulcher on the Sabbath, that is, during the entire seventh day, but rose again on the day which follows the Sabbath, which is the eighth day and the beginning of a new week, and after it no other day is counted. For through His death Christ brought to a close the weeks of time and on the eighth day entered into a different kind of life, in which days are no longer counted but there is one eternal day without the alternations of night. This has been thought out wisely, learnedly, and piously, namely, that the eighth day is the eternal day. For the rising Christ is no longer subject to days, months, weeks, or any number of days; He is in a new and eternal life. The beginning of this [eighth day] life is perceived and reckoned, but there is no end. –Martin Luther (AE 3:141)

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