By bridcf, Aug 30 2020 01:30PM
Whilst we were on our holiday break we paid our annual visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster. On display are a wide variety of animals from around the world. You can see lions, tigers, hyenas, giraffes, okapi, red pandas, Gelada monkeys and polar bears. There are even areas where some British wildlife is in evidence!
These things are a reminder to us that it is God alone whose creative power provides us with such a rich variety of creatures to enjoy as part of His creation.
Psalm 24 (verses 1-2) takes up this theme as it says: The world is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters. Creation, in all its vastness, variety and splendour belongs entirely to God and it is a vital pointer to His greatness, glory and power.
If God is the King of Creation, then the Psalm shows us that He is powerful, majestic, mighty and worthy of our praise. However, our Creator is not a King who wants to be held at a distance: the great and glorious God wants us to come to Him. Those who have clean hands and a pure heart (verse 4), who trust in Him and live according to His Word, are those who can come.
Of course, in ourselves, it is impossible to meet these standards, but through Jesus, God’s great and mighty King and warrior, sin and death have been defeated and if we trust in Him we will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God our Saviour (verse 5). If we trust in Jesus we may follow the King of glory (verse 7) into heaven as part of His victory parade.
The psalm’s wonderful message for us is that the Creator and King of the Universe, in all of its splendour and diversity, wants a relationship with us, His created beings, and He has made this possible through Jesus. As we rejoice in the splendour of God’s creation may we also rejoice in what our Creator has done for us so that we may have a real relationship with Him which will last forever.
(Photographs taken on this and previous visits to YWP)