Daily Devo: Psalms for Camping


When I was in college down in TN, I used to love to go camping. Seeing the mountains when I would wake up and looking at the lakes was breathtaking sometimes. I would always try and take pictures of birds, nature, and people enjoying God’s creation. It was always a peaceful part of my life. I would see such variety and beauty in everything around me. So many colors and in-depth detail in even the smallest of things.

The snapshots of life that surround me would inspire me to lift my eyes to the Maker who created not only lakes and mountains but also the stars in the heavens. He designed a world of infinite scope and variety. And He made you and me and placed us in the very middle of this beauty to enjoy and to rule over it (Gen. 1:27–28; Ps. 8:6–8).

My thoughts turn to one of the Psalms that I would read when I was out in nature. “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. . . . When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Ps. 8:1–4).

How amazing that the great God who created the world in all its splendor cares for you and me! How humbling to know that God sees us as more important and beautiful than the rest of all creation. When we really examine the depth of creation, we can begin to see the depth of love from our Creator to us.



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