Psalm 65 describes God’s wonderful design in nature displaying His wisdom and glory and His goodness displayed in an abundant harvest. The psalmist closes by stating that the bountiful fields “shout for joy, they also sing” (v.13). I have been posting about God’s revelation in creation pointing to the universe fined-tuned for supporting life, the amazing engineering displayed in every living cell, the complex specified information found in the language of DNA, and the amazing ability of mathematics to describe physical reality. Each one of these phenomena are far better explained by a model presuming an intelligent Creator than a model postulating only blind random forces at work. Indeed, as this Psalm declares, all creation shouts and sings that God exists.
Atheists, however, mock the description found in this psalm and many other passages of Scripture pointing out that we now well-understand the factors that produce soil, rain, and good crops. What the ancients credited to God, these would say, is now all explained by science removing the need for God. However, such reasoning confuses mechanism with design. Knowing how God maintains creation does not take away from the fact that He created and maintains His creation any more than knowing how a machine works means that there is no engineer who designed and created it. In fact, all of science can be seen as seeking to know God better by discovering how He maintains creation even as we can better know a composer by his music or an artist by his paintings. Science is, indeed, “thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”
Not only so, but, as many apologists have pointed out, the very practice of science can best be explained by the existence of God. Science is based on repeatable observation, sound logic, and consistency in natural operations. If laws change and logic is completely subjective and there were no guarantee that repeated processes would produce the same results, then science could not be practiced. However, if the laws of nature are real and consistent, if the laws of logic are objective, if mathematics really reliably describes natural phenomena, then what model best explains this? Could random processes void of any intelligence produce all of these things? We have observed intelligent agency produce orderly systems, but we have never seen truly random processes produce the kind of orderly systems that are required for scientific methods to work. The fact that we can even practice science is best explained by the presupposition that there is a God.
The Bible often refers to the amazing display of God’s wisdom in the many facets of His creation. Indeed, Solomon was not only known for his philosophical and theological wisdom, but also for his scientific endeavors (I Kings 4:33). Scientists from Solomon to the modern era have rejoiced to learn by what means God maintains His creation revealing His wisdom and power (Romans 1:20). Truly the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and the pastures and valleys shout for joy singing the praises of their Creator.