ALL CREATION WAITS
“These wait all upon Thee; That Thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That Thou givest unto them, they gather: Thou openest Thine hand, they are satisfied with good.” Ps.104:27-28
The Lord is in a constant state of giving, His creation is in a constant state of receiving. Fallen man has issues with this. It takes humility to acknowledge our need to receive, it takes humility to see our need for God. This is the endless dilemma man struggles with. This struggle can only be overcome by the grace of God in our lives. Jonathan Edwards preached continually on the theme “the glory of God”, He had an interesting understanding on God’s glory and our joy. He said that God is glorified when man is completely satisfied in God alone. Not His gifts but Him, our greatest need in life is actually God Himself. God is constantly giving out all things, His greatest gift is Himself. Here are the words of A.B. Simpson on this verse.
“This Psalm, in praise of the “Creator, has been speaking of the birds and the beasts of the forest; of the young lions, and man going forth to his work; of the great sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. And it sums up the whole relation of all creation to its Creator, and its continuous and universal dependence upon Him in the one word: “These all wait upon Thee.” Just as much as it was God’s work to create, it is His work to maintain. As little as the creature could create itself, it is it left to provide for itself. The whole creation is ruled by the one unalterable law of waiting upon God! The word is the simple expression of that for the sake of which “alone the creature was brought into existence, the very groundwork of its constitution. The one object for which God gave life to creatures was that in them He might prove and show forth His wisdom, power, and goodness, in His being each moment their life and happiness, and pouring forth unto them, according to their capacity, the riches of His goodness and power. And just as this is the very place and nature of God, to be unceasingly the supplier of every want in the creature, so the very place and nature of the creature is nothing but this – to wait upon God and receive from Him what He alone can give, what He delights to give.”
All of creation is waiting on God today for their basic needs. The flowers are waiting on the sunlight and the rain, the birds are looking for their seed, even the lions are looking to God as they stalk their prey. Today, I am in need of God. I live in constant need of receiving, He lives in a constant state of giving. When I see this and yield, my needs are met, my heart is filled, and God is glorified.