See a beautiful sunset; watch waving fields of sweet, ripe corn; enjoy the rippled reflection of a mountain in a lake. These things do us good! Few of us don’t find some peace and joy entering our souls when we observe and meditate on the beauties of nature.
Psalm 65 tells us why, I think. Verse 8 “…where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy.” Verses 9-13 then go on to describe so many ways God blesses the land. That’s the way he planned it – blessed to be a blessing. Such abundance! “They shout for joy and sing.” All this God made, to be a song of joy to the Maker. It makes God smile! No wonder it does us good too!
But we are part of God’s creation too. He calls forth songs of joy from us, also. And he blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others.
There are times we don’t feel joyful. There are times when nature doesn’t look very attractive – the pruned tree, the field after harvest, when the weather has been unkind, or some disaster has struck.
Habakkuk wrote: “Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, YET I WILL REJOICE in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.” (Habakkuk 3:17)
At those times, the song of joy is special to God: a sacrifice of praise. Joy is not about our situation, it’s about our trust. Even when the blessings are hidden.