I used to travel overseas to race. The format of the race demanded participants to navigate their way through the elements with only a map and a compass. During one such race, my teammates and I found ourselves lost in the jungle. I remember emerging from the dense undergrowth and standing on a cliff that overlooked the entire forest. The sight caused me to feel a sense of despair as I considered how far my journey on foot would be. That despair slowly turned to awe as I was reminded that God created everything that I saw – the sun, the sky, the mountains, the forests (Genesis 1:1-2:3).
Looking at the mountainous view led me to reflect on how small I, and in turn, mankind, is, in light of God. Before this, the subconscious script I had developed growing up in land-scarce Singapore, was how important human resource was due to the country’s limited natural resource. Furthermore, we live in a city of skyscrapers and architectural wonders that was made possible through human ingenuity. It seemed as though mankind could do anything, and we were strong and powerful beings. But standing at that cliff corrected my perspective. It was a revelation for me to see how awesome and mighty He is. My heart burned to worship the Creator and not man’s creation.
As that realization began to sink in, I internally agreed with how “good” God’s creation is. Taking a moment to take in the view, immersing myself in the melodious symphony of bird songs, cicadas and rustling leaves, the beauty of His creation set my heart on fire. I could not help but worship the awesome and mighty Creator who “made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them” (Psalm 146:6). There would be other occasions where I would see breathtaking views of an endless expanse of nature and be led to worship Him.
These experiences with the Creator and His creation moved me deeply whenever we sang one particular verse in “The Servant King”.
Come see His hands and His feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered
As we approach Good Friday, let us consider how amazing this is – the awesome and mighty God, the same God that created the planets and everything in them, thinks about mere mortals and cares for human beings (Psalms 8:3-4, NLT), such that He sent His Son to be born in man’s likeness so that He can redeem us through His death and resurrection. I pray that that the revelation will lead us to declare,
This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King
By brother Samuel Lin
Reflection for the week:
- In what ways have we been worshipping the created things instead of the Creator God?
- How does the revelation that the Creator God loves you impact the way you lead your life?