The world we live in--indeed, the entire universe, is a statement. It shows God to us, if we will listen. The statement that the writer of this Psalm makes is much to important to pass by. Look at who is responsible for feeding the lions, or who gives every animal (and man) water to drink; look at who laid the foundations of the earth, who makes food grow for us, who provides all living things with what they need--and who is responsible for the course of their lives and the time of their death. This is God. He is not an "absent First Cause;" He is present in all that happens, and the universe is not only His creation, but His current object of care. "[God] has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." Every blessing you receive, from the water you drink and the food you eat to where you live is from God. He is not an "impersonal Being," but a Father who loves you, and who has good plans for you: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope." Man may do us evil, Satan may try to destroy us, but just as the writer of Genesis says, "you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good..." and "All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Trust Him. Call on Him. Love Him. He loves you.
And read below for the truth about the world around you:
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honour and majesty.
2 Who covers Himself with light as with a garment: who stretches out the heavens like a curtain:
3 Who lays the beams of his chambers in the waters: who makes the clouds his chariot: who walks upon the wings of the wind:
4 Who makes his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8 They went up into the mountains; they went down to the valleys, to the place which you ordained for them.
9 You set a boundary that they may not pass over; that they may not turn to cover the earth again.
10 He sends the springs into the valleys, and they run among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of heaven live, and they sing among the branches [of the trees].
13 He waters the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your works.
14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and the vegetation for the labor of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15 And wine that makes man's heart glad, and oil to make his face shine, and bread that strengthens man's heart.
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the rock badgers.
19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knows when it goes down.
20 You make darkness, and it is night: and all the beasts of the forest go forth.
21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
22 The sun rises, they gather together, and lay down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening.
24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom you made them all: the earth is full of your riches.
25 So is this great and wide sea, in which teem with innumerable creatures, both small and great.
26 There go the ships: there is leviathan, whom thou hast made to play in [the sea].
27 These wait all upon you; that thou may give them their food in due season.
28 What you give them they gather: you open your hand, they are filled with good.
29 You hide your face, they are troubled: you take away their breath, they die, and return to dust.
30 Thou sendest forth your spirit, they are created: and you renew the face of the earth.
31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles: he touches the hills, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD.
Ever wonder what God might have to say to YOU today? Here are things to ponder, and things to receive into your heart. If you have a question, put it in the comments. I respond as much as I can.
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Monday, October 7, 2013
Understand the world!
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