11 You crown the year with your bounty,
and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
—Psalm 65:11-13 (New International Version)
What a wonderful picture this Psalm paints! It’s multidimensional and multisensory. You can see it, hear it, smell it, and taste it—and, if you close your eyes, you can feel it.
Creation is a wonderful thing. I enjoy creative pursuits: I’m a musician, a writer, and I’m passionate about fiber arts, from spinning, to knitting, to embroidery, and practically everything in between, so this Psalm really speaks to me. I can imagine God as a cosmic needle worker—clothing the hills with gladness, covering the meadows with flocks, and mantling the valleys with grain—stitch by stitch. And then all creation sings with joy.
Creating things satisfies me. I enjoy the process, and I’m usually pleased with the outcome. But not even my best work can compare to the works of the true Creator. God’s works aren’t merely a source of amusement to fill leisure time, nor to escape from daily drudgery. They are acts of providence, of love, of nurture. That they happen to be beautiful is just a bonus.
The psalmist expresses his gratitude so eloquently here. He encourages us to love what has been created for us and to use it well; it is one big gift. And, if we treat it right, that gift can keep on giving. Let’s not rip out God’s gorgeous, careful stitches!
Let’s treasure the earth and all its amazing gifts, and protect our resources with the love and care they have been given to us.
FEB. 26 / MONDAY