Created to Praise
Read Psalm 148:1-5 (NASB)
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heaven, and waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.
How do God’s created things praise Him?
Imagine that you are attending an art show. You come across a series of pieces that are outstanding. They are creative and beautiful and diverse and detailed. They are masterpieces. True works of art! It’s only natural that you’d start looking around for a name plate with the artist’s name and information listed. After all, once you’ve seen the work of their hands, it’s only natural to wonder about their creator. These pieces are a testament of the talent and genius of the artist.
But I bet you have never come across a piece of artwork and assumed that it created itself. In fact, I bet you’ve never come across anything in the world that you think just randomly came into existence.
This idea, when applied to our world and the universe, is called “The Cosmological Argument.” It states that everything that has a beginning must have been created by something else. The argument goes like this:
- The universe has a beginning, it is not eternal.
- Everything that has a beginning was created by someone or something else. Things do not randomly make themselves.
- Given that, the universe had to be created by something or someone. (We know that Someone to be God.)
Now, some people like to try to use the Cosmological Argument against Christians by questioning who or what created God. But the Cosmological Argument does not claim that everything has a cause, only that things that have a beginning have a cause. God does not have a beginning. He is eternal.
The author of Hebrews 3:4 put it this way: “For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” It is completely illogical to believe that the universe, or anything in it, created itself. That is just not how the world works and we know that. The universe could not create itself but God could create the universe because He is outside of space and time (in fact, He created the concepts of space and time). In the beginning was nothing except God (Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1).
So when we consider nature, what should our response be? Worship. “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
Lord, I praise You because You have created all things. You are eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful. You are good and what You’ve made is good. I praise You because You are the only one worthy of my worship. Amen.