Voicing Creation’s Praise

What, then, are we to say about our own place within this design? We begin by recalling the frequent declaration of the Psalmists that creation, in a myriad of ways, is endlessly praising its Creator. In all its colour, movement, subtlety, richness, diversity and splendour, it brings glory to God: ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.’ (Ps. 19:1) Our calling, I would suggest, is to articulate and extend that praise in ever fresh ways, to be ‘priests of creation’. In humankind, creation finds a voice; to use George Herbert’s word, each of us is invited to be a ‘secretary’ of praise. Through the human creature, the inarticulate (though never silent) creation becomes articulate. As Douglas John Hall puts it, “In this creature the speaking God, Deus loquens, locates a counterpart within the saeculum, a speaking animal. Here the creation gathers itself and addresses the One whose glorious Word brought it into being, word answering Word.”

—Jeremy Begbie, Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts, 177