All creatures of our God and King - some thoughts on worship

"Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him, O praise Him!"

"Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warm and light,
O praise Him, O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!"
- Francis of Assisi, "All Creatures of Our God and King"

This morning I was playing this on my guitar and really enjoying the worship. But it struck me as a little odd asking the sun and the moon to praise God. Asking fire to praise God. At first I couldn't quite pin my finger on what seemed strange about it. Everything should praise God. We know God's creation is praising Him, so why was it weird?

Then it occurred to me. Moon, sun, fire. All of these things have been worshiped themselves in the past and very very wrongfully. Why worship the creation when you could worship the creator? Not everyone understood the creator I suppose.

But how right it then seemed that Francis of Assisi would then turn and write this song. Saying basically, "Look, even those things you worship give their worship to our God and King."

What wonderful worship. I'm going to go back and sing this some more.