January 4

He Has Made Them All

Bible Reading: Psalm 104

“Oh Lord, how many are your works

In wisdom thou hast made them all

The earth is full of thy possessions

There is the sea, great and broad

In which are swarms without number

Animals, both great and small

Oh Lord, thou hast made them all.”

As a newly saved believer some forty years ago, how precious these words were to me. I remember when I went to a Christian bookstore and bought an Amy Grant cassette tape. I played that tape over and over again. The words above are from one of those songs, aptly entitled, “Psalm 104.”

In hindsight, listening to that particular song was more valuable to me then I knew. Music and songs minister straight to the heart!  I had lived my life oblivious to the obvious—God created me and the universe in which I lived.  But in bringing life to my sin-dead soul, God was at work to change my thinking.  Of course He used His Word to accomplish that.

We humans didn’t crawl out of a swamp. Green skinned aliens didn’t deposit us here on this planet. There is a God and He’s not dead. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. His creation bears witness to the awesome greatness of His wisdom and power.

The Psalmist knew this and traced all things back to the hand which made them: the heavens and the earth; the sun and the moon, the day and the night; the mountains and the valleys; the springs which give drink to the beasts and wild donkeys; the birds in the sky which sing among the branches of the tree; the grass that feeds the livestock and the plants to provide food for man; the creatures in the sea.  He was well aware of the intricacies of God’s creative order and providential care of everything He has made.  Even the lowly rock badger found a place in the Psalmist’s hymn of praise.  He praised God for it all and rejoiced in it.  And in so doing he set a good example for us all.  Foundational to our right thinking about God is to acknowledge Him as our creator, to worship Him for all He has accomplished.

Creator God.  Your creation speaks to the greatness of Your Power and Wisdom.  Forgive me.  I’m sometimes too busy, or distracted to pay attention…to thank You for all You’ve done.  Grant that I might have the heart of the Psalmist who was so ready to praise you and rejoice in You.  Help me to look for you and see the beauty of all You’ve made.  Amen.

If you have internet access, there is a wonderful YouTube video and song by Brian Doerksen which speaks to today’s theme.  You can access it at the following address: https://youtu.be/28sqs5H5hao

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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