Why do the heavens and earth sing and shout at the redemption of Israel? This is not the unqualified praise that creation gives to the glory of God; this is a command to sing and shout for God has acted. God has redeemed Jacob, This is Israel: Jacob the trickster, Jacob the wounded, Jacob the father of the tribes of Israel. This ancestor – one who was not perfect, who was deeply flawed, who wrestled himself, his God and was forever marked by its change.Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it;shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing,O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it!For the Lord has redeemed Jacob,and will be glorified in Israel. Isaiah 44:23
Creation is commanded to shout and sing for the changing, for the freeing from bondage. The bondage creation is to rejoice in is the freeing of humanity from this belief in separation from God, this belief in superiority over creation. Creation longs to shout and sing for the day when humanity remembers what God’s intentions are for the redeemed. God intends a world where we can hear the heavens sing: a world where the depths of the earth cry and are heard, a world where there is time to stop and hear the singing in the mountains.
O God let the redeemed sing. For you have allowed us the ability to learn it is different. To live the changes we want to see now. Amen.