| I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. |
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
It is hardly surprising that poets and writers have so often seen in the landscape evidence of something or someone above and beyond us. When we look at the majesty of a mountain, or wonder at the intricate beauty of leaves and flower, or listen to running water, it calls forth responses such as awe, joy and peace, all things associated with God's presence. We usually observe nature in silence, and yet the psalmist describes how in reality the silence of nature is a form of speech. Silence can pour forth speech and wisdom. Psalm 19 tells us how the silence of nature is a universal language, one that can be listened to and understood by all peoples and ages:
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.