The Works of the Lord

Mike Vaal

READ : Psalm 104:19-30

How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24, NIV)

As I continued to reflect on this psalm in Mexico, I was reminded that the sea is truly vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number. In this part of God’s creation there are colorful fish that dart among the rocks, sea turtles and dolphins, marlin and swordfish. We even got a glimpse of “leviathan,” as a crocodile from a nearby freshwater lagoon escaped into the ocean and was captured not far from our beach. Not only did God make an endless variety of creatures, he made them all “in wisdom” (v. 24).

Verses 27-30 remind us that all these creatures depend on God’s provision. Each verse begins “When you [God] . . . “ God initiates. His creatures respond. “All creatures,” of course, includes us. We also depend on God for all things. Looking to him in thanksgiving at the beginning of a day or a meal is not a meaningless action. He is indeed our creator and sustainer. Without his continual care, we wouldn’t last an hour.

I sing the goodness of the Lord

that filled the earth with food;

He formed the creatures with his word,

and then pronounced them good.

Isaac Watts)

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for your daily provision.