Psalm 104 vs 1-18 - He makes

Psalm 104 vs 1-18 - He makes

Read: Psalm 104 vs 1-18

Have you ever been in a bookshop, or been searching through Amazon, and you come across a book that you’ve never seen before? You take a minute or two to skim over the first page or two and it gives you a feel for what the book is going to be all about.

Picking up the Bible we are met by these opening lines (Genesis 1:1):

‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.’

Christians believe that we live in a creation. The New Testament book of Hebrews (11:1) puts it this way:

‘By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.’

Today we come to Psalm 104. It is a Psalm that celebrates creation, however it celebrates it not simply as something that happened in the past, but as something that is ongoing, every day all around us. This Psalm helps us to see that our Creator has never stopped creating and He is creating today all around us. Many of the verbs in this Psalm are ‘present tense’ verbs; ‘The LORD wraps Himself in light’ (vs 2), ‘He makes the clouds His chariot’ (vs 3), ‘He makes winds His messengers’ (vs 4).

Christian faith begins with a belief that God ‘set the earth on its foundations’ (vs 6-9), but that same faith moves forward with a daily awareness that ‘He makes springs pour water into the ravines’ (vs 10), ‘He makes grass grow for the cattle and plants for people to cultivate’ (vs 14).

From one angle there are of course many explanations as to how grass grows, why rain falls, and what it is that brings life to plants. Understanding and investigating these processes does not undermine faith in a living God, but rather it opens our eyes to the fact that our Creator is creating today, all around us, and we get to live in this, to be part of this, and to lift our voices in praise for creation past and creation present. Praise the LORD, the one clothed in splendour and majesty! (vs1) 

 Prayer: Father thank You for creation, and thank You that we are part of it. May my life today bring praise and honour to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.