Devotional: Awaiting the Climax
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the ﬁelds be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice . . .”(Romans 8:19–20). Man by his rebellion against his Creator brought corruption and decay upon the whole natural world around him. That which was blighted through his fall can be restored only through his redemption. This is the climax that all nature awaits. Too often man himself loses sight of this, but the anticipation of nature grows stronger all the time.
With insight given by the Holy Spirit, the psalmist here interprets the wordless longing of the natural world around him. In his spirit, he senses a hushed anticipation, like the stillness in a concert auditorium as the conductor with upraised baton, surveys his orchestra to make sure that each player is ready for the opening note. Heaven above and earth beneath, seas and ﬁelds and trees, all await the coming of the Lord to restore to them what was lost through man’s fall. At that moment, like the orchestra as the baton descends, they will break forth into a symphony of praise and jubilation.
How about you and me? Are we as ready as nature is fort hat great climax? May God grant that you and I be more expectant and excited than the trees and the ﬁelds and the seas and the heavens!
By Your Spirit, Lord, keep me in continual excited anticipation of Your coming.
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