Fireworks go hand in hand with the Fourth of July. Large fireworks displays bring people flocking to parks and city squares. Watching an unfolding fireworks show from a blanket, lawn chair, or bleacher elicits oohs and aahs of appreciation as one burst of rockets follows another – towering Roman candles, multiple explosions of many-colored starbursts, pinwheels and trailing comet tails. Everything breaks loose in a spectacular finale, with the sky full of reds, greens, blues and golds. But the spectacle is short lived, and life goes on as usual.
The Psalmist (Psalm 104) speaks of something far more spectacular and enduring than the most dazzling fireworks – the handiwork of God! The heavens and all of creation provide a permanent display of the power and love of Almighty God –the sun traveling across the sky, the moon and the stars, the clouds as God’s chariot, the winds as His messengers springs pouring water into ravines, birds nesting by the waters and singing among the branches of well-watered trees.
We stand in awe of God’s spectacular display- the mountains, the plains, the rivers, the oceans, the sky with its infinite stars and the seashore with unlimited grains of sand. We look with new eyes of wonder. Instead of taking this world for granted, we realize that God’s handiwork surpasses every thing made by human hands. We praise God who not only created the world but sent His own Son to die on the cross and to bring about a new creation of forgiven humanity.
With the Psalmist “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May the meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the Lord” (Psalm 104:33-44)
Marlin Harris is the pastor at True Vine Lutheran Church in Mora.