1 The Lord rules! Let the earth rejoice! Let all the islands celebrate! 2 Clouds and thick darkness surround God. His throne is built on righteousness and justice. 3 Fire proceeds before him, burning up his enemies on every side. 4 His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees it and trembles! 5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord before the Lord of the whole world! 6 Heaven has proclaimed God’s righteousness, and all nations have seen his glory. 7 All those who worship images those who are proud of idols, are put to shame. All gods bow down to the Lord! 8 Zion has heard and celebrates, the towns[a] of Judah rejoice, because of your acts of justice, Lord, 9 because you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth, because you are so superior to all other gods. 10 Those of you who love the Lord, hate evil! God guards the lives of his faithful ones, delivering them from the power of the wicked. 11 Light is planted like seed for the righteous person joy too for those whose heart is right. 12 Rejoice in the Lord, righteous ones! Give thanks to his holy name!
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
The creation is a celebration of the God-process — waves washing upon the sea shore rehearse nature’s songs; clouds and lightening provide shading and intensity to nature’s tapestry; fire, like the spirit, moves and transforms all that it touches; mountains inspire awe. The foundation of nature’s panoply is fairness and justice — that is, each is valued for its own unique contribution and all of the individual parts contribute to the whole. Our worship pales in comparison to nature’s celebration. When we join nature with pure hearts and genuine adoration, we open ourselves to the God-process that brings light and righteousness into our lives; and our hearts rejoice in the Lord!