Job 38:1-11 (ESV)
The Lord Answers Job
38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:
2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action[a] like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9 when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
As you reflect on today’s reading from Job, meditate on the
words of the 19th-century hymn by Valdimar Briem.
How marvelous God’s greatness, how glorious God’s might!
To this the world bears witness in wonders day and night:
In form of flow’r and snowflake, in morn’s resplendent birth,
In afterglow at evening, in sky and sea and earth.
Each tiny flow’ret whispers the great lifegiver’s name;
The mighty mountain masses his majesty proclaim;
The valleys deep are hymning God’s shelter for his own;
The snow-capped peaks are pointing to God’s almighty throne.
The ocean’s vast abysses in one grand psalm record
The deep mysterious counsels and mercies of the Lord;
The icy waves of winter are thund’ring on the strand;
And grief’s chill stream is guided by God’s all-gracious hand.
The starry hosts are singing through all the light-strewn sky
Of God’s majestic temple and palace courts on high;
When in these outer chambers such glory gilds the night,
Oh, what transcendent brightness is God’s eternal light!
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name. We praise you for
the gift of creation and all the wondrous ways it reflects your
love of us. In Jesus’ name, Amen