Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day
We usually think of 'recreation' as more along the lines of something fun, or even as 'wreck-reation' ( that IS how we pronounce it ), but we need to realize that it is so much more than just playing, or having fun ( it IS that ); 'recreation' is just that, 're-creation', a following in our Father's footsteps, copying, if you will, His act ( s ) of Creation! As He created 'in the beginning', so we too are to be creators, not in the sense, of course as He who brought something out of nothing, but to further, or continue His act of bringing 'Heaven on Earth', to introduce the Blessings of His Covenant!
The doctrine of Covenant Creation is the novel idea or notion that the first couple chapters of Genesis are not so much a textbook history of the creation of our universe, or solar system, but simply a chronicle of the creation, or introduction of covenant. This is by no means a new concept & is quickly becoming the dominant, though definitely not well-accepted, doctrine when it comes to Creation Concepts! The notion is viewed by many as heretical because, as presented by most, it seems to imply ( 'they' say ) that God is not the Creator of the universe! This mistaken notion could not not be further from the Truth!
The Introduction of Covenant, we say, because though the concept or model of covenant was inherent from the beginning of creation, it had not yet been formalized as a covenant between Creator & Creation! When God 'created' Adam, He simply introduced Himself, you might say, into the midst of a barren ( 'void' ) & chaotic ( 'without form' ) Creation! Through this Creation, the Creator purposes to pursue an open ( free ) relationship with His entire Creation, universally speaking!
As we have explored previously, Covenant Creation does not deny the wonderful ( words do not suffice ) fact that the same Living God created everything that is, rather, it shows with a beauty beyond mere expression how a Kind & Benevolent Creator instituted a formal relationship by investing His Creation with His Divine Presence! Through this inaugural act, the Lord God Almighty, the Blessed Father of All instituted The Marriage of Heaven & Earth! This Marriage was consummated in the first century, when He sent of Himself to save His People from Sin & Death, thus making them His New Temple, His Home for a Blessed Eternity!
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
( Genesis 1:28 )
Although maybe never so elucidated before, the concept of Covenant Recreation is not new either; from the very 'beginning', when God gave Adam & Eve these instructions, what might be called The Dominion Mandate, Covenant Recreation was what our Father had in mind, the 'twinkle' in His Eye, you might say! Although the mysterious formation of a child in the womb may be the most wonderful & mysterious expression of this Grace, it is by no means the only way we have been given to glorify our Creator & enjoy Him for Eternity!
By simply enjoying this Covenant Recreation, whether relegated to the marriage bed ( behind closed doors ) or the great out-of-doors ( as friends of mine are currently doing in the Grand Canyon ); we partake, with our Heavenly Father, in this Grand Adventure we call Life! As we fulfill our position as 'little creators', God's 'Mini-Me', so to speak, let us always remember the Divine Order, 'Commune, Rest, Recreate'!
Charles Haddon Shank