Solomon was a lover of nature

Most of us know and are well versed in the length and depth and height of the wisdom of Solomon. In fact, both the Old and New Testaments label Solomon as the wisest man who ever lived. A lesser-known fact however is the connection between the wisdom of Solomon and the environment around him. Let’s consider 1Kings chapter 4…

30And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. 32And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five. 33And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes. 34And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.

Luke 4:30-34, KJV

Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived and Solomon was also a lover of the natural world around him. He studied and wrote and sung about trees large and small. He studied and wrote and sung about animals. He studied and wrote and sung about birds, about insects, and even about fish. What a profound and telling connection between the very wisdom of God and the natural world around us.

If we believe that God created the heavens and the earth then we have to understand and learn to appreciate nature and all the rich lessons and truth and light it can teach us. Amen and so say we all!

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts

For today’s little sermonette let’s consider Isaiah 6:3 in the King James Version of holy scripture. It says…

1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isaiah 6:3, KJV

This classic song is probably one of my absolute favorites. I love worship songs that are part bible, part prayer, and part spiritual song. I heard a preacher say recently that he believed God was a musician at heart. I really liked that. Miriam, the sister of Moses, was a musician. King David was a musician and that was evident by his early ministry in King Saul’s court easing the evil spirit that tormented him. Hymns and worship songs played a big role in the New Testament as well and music to this day is a key component in the house of God. Here is one of my favorite renditions of Holy, Holy, Holy.