4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the LORD.
Psalm 98:4-9, English Standard Version
The Rivers Clap
We tend to think of all nature as passive. There may be many stories of fantasy that make the plants and animals speak, but in reality they are just passive. Perhaps the problem is that we just do not know their language! Of course nature does not speak to us, but it converses with God continually. When the sparrow calls out to God, he hears his voice and answers.
Many places in the Bible, imagery is given to nature. In this Psalm which calls us to praise the Lord, we are told that the rivers clap their hands and the mountains shout and sing together for joy.
Now when you really think of that, what happens when you awake in the morning and hear the birds singing in the trees? How about when you take a walk and see the early spring flowers begin to burst into bloom? Then, as you gaze upon the mountains surrounding you, observing their lofty heights and breathtaking depths, what do you think?
Take some time today to take that walk along the river and listen the the river clap for joy. Though man has done his best to destroy this earth and everything in it, God's creation still shines forth the glory of God. Listen to the birds and remember that God cares about each one. Watch those beautiful flowers bloom and think of the glorious variety of colors spilling forth from the hand of God. Stand on the mountain heights and know that even the mountains shout and sing glory to God.
It is amazing what the eyes can truly see, if they just look! So, try to look at your life today through the eyes of God, and listen to the rivers clap for joy!
God Bless You,