A quick post that is inspired by a blog post by the Terry Baird, the Lead Pastor of Creekside Community Church in Napa Valley, California. I have long enjoyed Psalm 8, and when I saw what Terry wrote I put this aside to feature. That Psalm which deals with the majesty of God and the interwoven nature of mankind amazes me.
“Nature is the art of God.“
Latin (on nature)
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you set in place—
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
Psalm 8: 3-4 NLT
I spend a lot of time writing difficult posts and to be honest I don’t want this blog to develop a tunnel vision of constant church problems or more. Yes the issues in the EFCA need to be told and discussed, but there are also good pockets inside the EFCA that should also be shared. Today is one such post that I saw which I put aside when working through The Western District. I have to write a couple of difficult posts next week and I wanted to offset them with this encouraging one. This post comes from Lead Pastor Terry Baird who leads Creekside Community Church in Napa Valley, California. Terry originally comes from Canada according to his biography. He also served in Chico Evangelical Free and Cornerstone Church in Yuba City. He also spent some time in Bethany Baptist in Montclair. This post from Terry is called, “A View From Above.”
One of my favorite Psalms is the eighth one. I enjoy it because of the majesty it references and the way it shows God in creation, and our role in it. In my life if you want to see the Lord there have been times where I skipped church and just went into nature. Took a walk in a forest or watched a sunset. I remember when I was in Kansas a couple of months ago and looked up into the evening sky and saw the stars and it was incredibly beautiful. I was in Glacier National Park early in August and the majesty took my breath away. Sometimes the best worship experiences you can have are in nature when you just enjoy what exists and appreciate it. It amazes me to think of what the Lord created. That is part of the reason why I adore Psalm 8. That is it for the day and I’ll see you guys in a couple of days!