The God Who Provides

Yosemite NP 343As noted in my last blog, Psalm 104 is a beautiful nature psalm.  There is so much here that connects God with His Creation.  Starting in verse 5 the Psalmist gives us his own glimpse of Creation.  He speaks of God setting “the earth on its foundations” and covering the earth with water that would eventually flow over the mountains and into the valleys.  In verses 10-11 he writes, “He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between mountains.  They give water to all the beasts of the field…”  

In the next few verses the Psalmist indicates that God has designed His Creation to meet the needs of both animals and humans.  He notes that our basic needs are met by what God has made but also reveals that God went beyond meeting our basic needs to provide “wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine…”

Even non-believers will have to admit that this planet is put together in such a way that it perfectly meets our needs.  Those who are believers affirm this was all a part of God’s good plan.  He created a world where both animals and humans would have all that they need. We cannot help but marvel at the incredible power and wisdom it took to make such a world, but we should marvel just as much at the amazing love that stands behind Creation.  Like a loving parent God has done everything He can to make sure that this place we call Earth will meet our needs and provide joy for the journey.

There is so much about our life that we take for granted.  Passages like Psalm 104 remind us to be mindful of God’s many blessings and provisions.  They also call us to worship and thank our blessed Creator.  I hope you will take time in the days to come to pause and consider all the ways God has provided for your needs through His Creation.

–Chuck

(The picture above was taken in Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park this past May.)