August 01, 2017

The Creation Song

Genesis 1:1-5, 31; Job 38:4-7

Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? . . . Who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

—  Job 38:4-7

My mother always sang. Whether she was sweeping the floor or washing dishes, she was always singing or humming a tune. One of my last memories of her was that we sang a song together that she had taught me years earlier, a song expressing her assurance that in Jesus the gates of heaven were open for her.

Music and song are an integral part of our lives—whether we can sing with the voice of an angel or scarcely carry a tune. According to God’s Word, music and song have been with us since the creation of the world. Genesis 1, the story of creation, is written in verse, like a poem or song. I like to think of the ­angels joining in with God as they sang this refrain: “It is good; it is very good!”

This creation song, along with many others, has been incorporated into God’s Word to us. In addition to all the songs in the book of Psalms there are also many other songs and references to singing tucked away in God’s Word. Many of those passages comfort and encourage us. But, most of all, they point us to the one true God, our Creator and Redeemer, who has a plan for our lives.

May we be encouraged to join with the angels and sing God’s praises today and every day.

Do you have song you’d like to sing to the Lord today? Be sure to share it with someone!

Dear Lord, open our eyes to your greatness and your love so that we may praise you every day of our lives. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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