In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Genesis 1:1-4, 2:7
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
These words direct us all the way to the beginning of the created world. Back to a time when there was only God, darkness and chaos. A time when God chose, for His good purposes, to create a world that would magnify the greatness of His creativity, thoughtfulness and love. The only reason we are here today is because of the grace of God in His glorious creation. God brings about life (Genesis 1-2). God is love (1 John 4:8). God is light (1 John 1:5). Now, because of the sacrifice of Christ, we experience these things. And when we experience these things we can only respond in one way.
To “pour out our praise to [Him] only.” This chorus does not have many words, but it speaks volumes to the posture we are to have throughout our lives. We were given this breath, breathed into our nostrils by God (Genesis 2:7) and we were created to worship God and God alone. When God shows Himself to us He expects praise. In fact He demands praise from His children. The psalms are filled with phrases like “sing to the Lord a new song,” “tell of His glory,” “worship the Lord.” In Hebrew these phrases are actually commands. So, God not only delights in our praises (Psalm 149), but commands us to praise Him, to worship Him, to sing songs to Him. But He only expects this after showing us and letting us experience who He is. This is why we need the verse of this song to remind us of the many reasons we have to worship God.
The bridge is a reminder that man is not the only thing that God created and man is not the only creature that is singing praises to God. Psalm 96, above, shows this very well. All of God’s creation was created to bring glory to God – everything from the fish in the sea to the beasts of the field, the creatures in the forests to the stars placed in the sky above (Genesis 1:17).
Though this song is very simple in structure and word, it is anything but. Let yourself experience God’s grace and mercy and allow that to bring you to a place of true worship.