The Glory of Thy Kingdom
“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
It is February, 2014. The sun is brightly shining and the ground snow covered. Needless to say, it’s very busy around our bird feeder at this time of year. Birds — both big and small, sporting a multiplicity of colours — perch in the tree waiting for their daily supply of assorted seeds and suet to come. It’s even more interesting watching the morning doves as they pick up the seeds that have already fallen to the ground. The wintery scene beckons a question about what it must have been like in the Garden — when our Lord God first created the heavens and the earth. I can only imagine His Majesty in all His glory — in the beginning, God — stretching forth His hand so that His handiwork could be displayed for many generations to come.
Imagine, God saying, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” Imagine God creating great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, and after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind. Imagine, God seeing that [His creation was] good, then blessing them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.”
And then on the fifth day, imagine God speaking all of the earth’s inhabitants being spoken into existence. His Word saying, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind,” and it being so. In Genesis, we read that God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind and throughout, God saw that His creation was good. But God did not stop there.
It was time to create His beloved man and later, a woman too. God counselling with Himself said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” So God created man in His [own] image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God blessed the two and said, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:20-30)
Imagine, God created His handiwork for each and every one of us to enjoy generations later. And, as a consequence, this very day, I can be blessed watching the birds by the bird feeder, on yet another beautiful sunny winter day. It is no wonder that I continually praise His majesty and wondrous works, and that likewise, every day I bless my Lord and Saviour, praising His name for ever and ever. (Psalms 145:1-20)