Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
Psalm 98:7-9 ESV
That all of nature worships God is wonderful to me and it is more than poetry. Passages like this that describe the rocks crying out and the trees clapping their hands have a powerful effect on my imagination and are a great help to my own, sometimes wooden, attempts at worship. Timothy Keller commented on Psalm 98:7-9 when he wrote…
“THE RIVERS CLAP THEIR HANDS. The imagery of the trees and fish praising God (also Psalm 96:11-12), with the rivers and the mountains clapping and singing (verse 8 above), is more than just poetry. Romans 8:18-25 says that nature was made to be far more alive and glorious than it is in its current state.
“Modern philosophies cannot fathom that the natural world will not come into its own until the human race is made righteous again. Jesus will come to restore this ancient harmony (verse 9 above).
“So our future hope is powerful. If rivers and mountains will be like this when he returns, what will we be like (1 John 3:2-3)?”
From Timothy Keller in My Rock My Refuge