Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains, your justice like the great deep; you save humankind and animals, O Lord. – Psalm 36:5-6
One of my favorite biblical canticles is titled the “Song of the Three Young Men.” It is found in the Greek Old Testament (known as the Apocrypha), and it has such a beauty to how it gives praise to God. Here is an excerpt from that song:
“‘Bless the Lord, all rain and dew; sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, all you winds; sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, fire and heat; sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat; sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.
Bless the Lord, dews and falling snow; sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.”
One of the things that I like about this is how it treats all parts of Creation as creatures and animals that can sing their praises to the Lord. When connected with Psalm 36 (our appointed Psalm for Sunday) we see the interplay and relationship between God and the whole Creation.
Unfortunately, when some creatures sing their praise to God we can be inconvenienced. Note that “winter cold” and “falling snow” are included in the list of creatures being exhorted to sing praise to God. Included just three and four verses later are “ice and cold,” and “frosts and snow.”
It looks like these particular creations of our Lord might be singing praises as a choir this weekend to the tune of around twelve inches. There will be a final determination made tomorrow (Saturday, January 19) at noon as to whether we will have worship on Sunday or not. We will share this information on Facebook, our website, by email, and, in some cases, phone. If we cancel, we will try to get the cancellations listed on local television stations.
In the event we do cancel, this would not mean one does not worship. Rather, this allows a Christian to engage in worshipping God while at home.
May our Lord God continue to abide with you!
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+