Whence, then, this
loveliness, this charm?
"The Attributes of God")
"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." Psalm 33:5
The goodness of God is seen in the variety of natural
pleasures which He has provided for
His creatures. God
might have been pleased to satisfy our hunger without the
food being pleasing to our palates--how His benevolence
appears in the varied flavors which He has given to meats,
vegetables, and fruits. God has not only given us senses,
but also that which gratifies them; and this too reveals His
goodness. The earth might have been as fertile as it is
without its surface being so delightfully variegated. Our
physical lives could have been sustained without beautiful
flowers to regale our eyes with their colors, and our nostrils
with their sweet perfumes. We might have walked the fields
without our ears being saluted by the music the birds.
Whence, then, this loveliness, this charm,
diffused over the face of nature? Truly, "the earth is full
of the goodness of the Lord."