The leaves are beginning to fall to the ground, and it makes me smile so big that my face hurts. Am I the only one who will walk 15 feet out of my way in order to just simply hear the satisfying “crunch” of fallen leaf underfoot?
As I look out my window this morning I see trees that are bursting with vibrant colors set against a gray cloud-covered sky. Perfectly beautiful.
There are so many things that I look forward to in the fall. Walking outside and seeing my breath. Jumping in piles of leaves. (Yes, I am still 5 years old.) Eating apple cider donuts. Spending time together with family and friends. Huddling around a bonfire. And of course, eating turkey, pie, mashed potatoes, and rolls.
As I sit here gazing out at the incredibly beautiful leaves a Psalm comes to mind. Psalm 96 to be exact. The Psalm focuses entirely on worshiping God who is oh-so-worthy of all of our praise.
I would highly encourage you to stop reading this post right now and go and read Psalm 96. It’s not long, only 13 verses. So, go ahead and read the Psalm now, I’ll wait.
You back now? Wasn’t that awesome!
I particularly love the wording used in verses 11-12.
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy…”
The whole earth cannot help but declare the greatness of our God.
When I was younger I remember wondering why the leaves on the trees would change color and then fall to the ground. It’s a question that all of us have wondered at some point in time. The answer is pretty incredible.
When temperatures drop the heartier parts of the tree, the branches, roots, etc. can endure the colder temperatures. However, the fragile leaves of broadleaf trees cannot. They are thin and filled with water and sap cells that will quickly freeze during the winter months. Therefore, any part of the tree that is unable to survive freezing temperatures is sealed off and eventually will detach from the rest of the tree.
I am not here to remind you of a lesson that many of us learned in elementary school. But what I do hope to remind you of is this simple yet incredible fact, God designed trees to function in this particular way. That’s pretty neat.
God is infinitely wise, infinitely creative, and infinitely knowledgeable in order to design, create, and maintain trees in the way that He did.
The forest does indeed sing for joy because of its Creator.
We need to remember that every time we see a tree change colors, or a squirrel bury an acorn, or a bird feed its young, or rain fall from the sky, or waves splash onto the shore…we are witnessing creation do exactly what it was created to do.
Creation glorifies God when it does exactly what it was specifically designed to do.
You and I were also created for a specific purpose. And when we fail to do what God designed us to do we are effectively robbing God of His glory. God designed us to know Him, worship Him, obey, Him, love Him, and tell others about Him. I have no intention of robbing God of His glory.
So, let the heavens declare, the leaves fall, the sea roar, the trees sing, and let the people trust in Jesus.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised…” Psalm 96:3-4