In the beginning the Verdant One saw everything that was made, and behold, it was lavish and delightful. (Genesis 1:31)
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of God’s greening hand. (Psalm 104:13)
Let the heavens be glad and the earth applaud. Let the sea roar, and the field exult, and all trees of the forest rejoice. (Psalm 96:11-12)
For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. (Psalm 24:1)
Give thanks, sun and moon; praise God, shining stars! Fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling God’s command! Mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars! Beasts and cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Let all praise the name of your Maker. (Psalm 148:3, 7-10, 13)
The heavens are telling the glory of God. (Psalm 19:1)
Why then is there no faithfulness or mercy, no knowledge of God? Lo, the envoys of peace weep bitterly and the land mourns. From every house framed in greed, the stone cries out from the wall and the beam from the woodwork responds. (Hosea 4:1, 3; Isaiah 33:7, 9, 10; Habakkuk 2:9-11)
If you defile the land, it will vomit you out. (Leviticus 18:28)
Nevertheless, the days are coming, says the Beloved, when the mountains shall drip sweet wine. On that day I will make a covenant with the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and make you lie down in safety. (Amos 9:13; Hosea 2:18)
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song, and all the trees will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)
Ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. In God’s hand is the life of every living thing. (Job 12:7-8, 10)
Give applause and acclaim to the bounteous Name who grants beauty its grandeur and fame!
©Ken Sehested @ prayerandpolitiks.org.