"God sovereignly made me - the first, the basic - before he did anything else.
I was brought into being a long time ago, well before Earth got its start.
I arrived on the scene before Ocean, yes, even before Springs and Rivers and Lakes.
Before Mountains were sculpted and Hills took shape, I was already there, newborn;
Long before God stretched out Earth's Horizons, and tended to the minute details of Soil and Weather,
And set Sky firmly in place, I was there. When he mapped and gave borders to wild Ocean,
built the vast vault of Heaven, and installed the fountains that fed Ocean,
When he drew a boundary for Sea, posted a sign that said, no trespassing, And then staked out Earth's foundations,
I was right there with him, making sure everything fit. Day after day I was there, with my joyful applause, always enjoying his company,
Delighted with the world of things and creatures, happily celebrating the human family.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)