Chuang Tzu was a Chinese philosopher thought to have lived about 250 B.C. The following is an extract from his poem "The Breath of Nature":
Yu replied: I understand.
The music of earth sings through a thousand holes.
The music of man is made on flutes and instruments.
What makes the music of heaven?
Master Ki said:
Something is blowing on a thousand different holes.
Some power stands behind all this and makes the sounds die down.
What is this power?
From Merton, Thomas; The Way of Chuang Tzu (Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc.) 1965. This poem reminds us of our basic capacity to appreciate the beauty and mystery of the natural world.
When we read the Bible we are reading God's word revealed to us. We do not have to go very far to discover the answer to Chuang Tzu's questions:
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)
As contemporary Christians, we have the full richness of both the Old and the New Testaments in which to immerse ourselves. What shall we do in response to the knowledge that God created the earth?
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
Praise him in his mighty firmament!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
Praise him according to his exceeding greatness.
Praise him with trumpet sound;
Praise him with lute and harp!
(Psalms 150: 1-3)
Our Christian world is filled with music, whether it be God's music to us or ours lifted up to Him.