Have you ever wondered how God could create the earth that weighs 66, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 tons?
God’s creativity inspires worship
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the moon and for the first time, we could see the earth from another celestial body. The pictures beamed back were remarkable. The earth provides a selection of remarkable sights but the universe is breathtaking – it provides an overwhelming backdrop to the earth, resulting in a sense of humility and awe on the part of the believer…by the way, it’s probable that there are more than a hundred billion galaxies in the universe.
The sun is just one example of God’s prodigious creative capability. Its energy is so enormous that the earth only harnesses one billionth of its daily output. The Bible presents the unimaginable nature of God’s creation in pictures – he stretches out the heavens like a tent (Ps. 104:2), scatters frost (Ps. 147:16), holds the winds in his fist (Prov. 30:4) and wraps the oceans in his cloak (Prov. 30:4).
The more one considers creation, the more one is drawn to its Creator. Creation is one of God’s ways of getting our attention and transforming us into a congregation of watching worshippers. Imagine the first day of creation. The angels are waiting and watching; they know something amazing is going to take place. Then God starts – and, in an explosion of colour and sounds, the universe floods over the darkness. It’s splendid; it’s awesome; it’s God.
Sparkling stars send pulses of light towards him; massive meteors wait for his word of command; dazzling sunlight from a myriad stunning suns fills the darkness and squeezes it out of existence. And the angels are astounded as creation is commenced. The sixteenth century Reformer, John Calvin, described creation as the theatre of God’s glory. The Psalmist writes, ‘In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD our maker’ (95:4-6).
The personal involvement of God in his creation is reflected in the biblical descriptions of how he creates. In picture language, the writers describe him using his fingers (Ps. 8:3), shaping the mountains and creating the wind (Amos 4:13). His intimacy with his creation is demonstrated in that it reflects him (Pss. 8:1; 19:1) and praises him (Pss. 104:31-32). God doesn’t create in order to receive praise as if he needed it. Rather, that which is created by him is described as spontaneously and naturally expressing its pride at being created in such a perfect way by such a perfect Creator.