Epiphany 4, Thursday, Year B

Inspired by Psalm 111

“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.” Psalm 111:2-3 (NRSV)

The world is a marvelous place, full of wonder and mystery. From the time of the ancients through today, both scientists and artists have studied the earth, seeking to understand and describe it: what it is, how it works, what it means. Such studies are an honor to the Lord, who is known in part through his creation. By better comprehending the creation, we can better comprehend the Creator.

The danger comes when we refuse to acknowledge that the creation has a Creator. The insult to God comes when we value our attainment of this knowledge over the knowledge itself, and what wisdom it can impart to us.

God has blessed us with inquisitive minds and creative expression. Delighting in the works of the Lord by seeking to understand his creation or by artistically communicating what we observe is a form of evangelism, because it proclaims some aspect of the God of all. It is only when we seek to glorify ourselves that science and art become offensive to the Lord.

Let us pray. Majestic Lord, you have revealed aspects of yourself through your wondrous creation. Enable us to seek you in everything around us, that we may recognize your works and your loving providence. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.