Spring is here a little earlier than normal. Each Spring I am reminded of the faithfulness of God. The long, cold, dark winter has ended. Each passing day brings a little more warmth. Soon people will be complaining it is too hot. In the meantime, life is springing up all around us. The frogs are peeping in the ponds, the sand hill cranes are returning to their nesting grounds and the waterfowl are stomping all over the church’s front lawn. Each one is a testament to the faithfulness of God who promised, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
In Psalm 104 the Psalmist looks at nature and praises His creator. Consider a brief meditation of praise to our God who compassionately rules over nature.
God is to be praised because His glory is far greater than all His creation
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
God is to be praised because He created all things
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
God is to be praised because He faithfully nourishes His creation.
He gives water to all creatures
He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
He gives food to all creatures
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
He abundantly provides all good things for His creation
The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
God is to be praised because He set the sun and moon in its proper place and appointed day and night for the good of His creation.
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.