Joining in God’s Pleasure

Mt. Shucksan rises over a dry streambed along the Lake Ann Trail near Mt. Baker, Washignton

Mt. Shucksan rises over a dry streambed along the Lake Ann Trail near Mt. Baker

There’s a verse in the Bible I find very illuminating:

 

“You are worthy our Lord and our God… because you have created all things, and by your pleasure they exist and were created.” (Rev. 4:11 ABPE)

Views from the Navajo Trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah

Views from the Navajo Trail in Bryce Canyon, Utah

God made the earth for His pleasure.  When He had finished creating the earth, He “saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31 NIV).

Wildflowers near Big Sandy Lake in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming

Wildflowers near Big Sandy Lake in the Wind Rivers of Wyoming

So when we enjoy His creation, we are actually joining in the pleasure of God over what He has made.

Lower Yellowstone Falls from Lookout Point, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Lower Yellowstone Falls from Lookout Point

We are, quite literally, rejoicing with an Artist over a prized piece of art.

Hoodoos in Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

Hoodoos in Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

We’re also like children enjoying a creation (say, a play structure) made for us by a loving parent – honestly, the parent gets as much or more joy out of watching their child enjoy their work than they had in making the play structure in the first place.

Sunset at the Palm Bowl in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Sunset at the Palm Bowl in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

So the take-away is this: God enjoys us enjoying His creation.  In fact, it’s a way for us and God to have pleasure, together.