God was well pleased with His creation when He created the world and everything in it. We read in Genesis 1:31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, IT WAS VERY GOOD. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” It is right that we, too, should be pleased with God’s creation and enjoy what He has made. We get a picture of David lying on his back at night and gazing at the stars in Psalms 8:3-4 where he said, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” David was so overwhelmed by the immenseness and beauty of God’s creation, it caused him to realize how seemingly small and insignificant we are.

Consider the love and romance we read about in the Song of Solomon. It is a uniquely romantic book.

Song of Solomon 2:5-6 says, “Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.” (NASB). We get an image of the wife lying back in the arms of her husband while he lovingly feeds her sweets.

We read in Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: ALL THINGS WERE CREATED BY HIM, AND FOR HIM.” The Lord enjoys His creation. The beauty of snow-capped mountains, the graciousness of the deer running through the forest, the hidden sights of sea creatures that exist in depths of the ocean that are too deep to explore. All things were created BY and FOR Him…and He enjoys the natural beauty and function of His creature. We should, too.

It is said that Johann Sebastian Bach was a godly man who loved music and sought to honor the Lord in the music he created. It is said that before he began any composition, he would pray, “Jesus, help me show your glory through the music I write. May it bring you joy even as it brings joy to your people.”

It is good that we appreciate, enjoy, and communicate with others about the beauty of all things that God has created. The poet Katharine Lee Bates was so inspired by the view from the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado that she wrote the poem that would later become the song, America the Beautiful. Her words reflected her appreciation and awe of God’s creation:

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain

For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain

America, America, God shed His grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea

I have just a word of caution. There is the danger of being so taken up with God’s creation that we might love and serve “the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (Romans 1:25). We are told in Proverbs 3:6, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” As you consider God’s creation, the beauty of love, romance, and the arts do not sensualize them so that they stir the flesh of ungodly people. Acknowledge the Lord in your writings. Seek to honor and please Him with your words. We learn in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or WHATSOEVER YE DO, DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD.” (337.4)