CREATION IS WAITING

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Psa. 104:27, 28 – These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.

Some people act as if God set everything in creation in motion and then stays uninvolved, expecting us to run things or for creation to run itself. Than is not the way the Bible reveals our God. He is not only the originator of all things, by Him all things are held together. He has His hand on every detail of everything that is going on. Creation displays the glory of God and His very nature in sustaining it. That being true, His sons and daughters are in good hands. He watches over us and supplies all things for our benefit. The beauty in this; I am satisfied and He is glorified. Here is how Dick Mills describes this beautiful attribute of our Lord.

“God wasn’t finished after He created the world and all its forms of life. The Creator is also the One Who maintains. He makes; He also sustains. He is the author and finisher of our faith. This whole Psalm is a song of praise and Thanksgiving to the Sovereign Lord for His providential care of the entire planet. The Psalm could be a role call of created beings and things and how God watches over and provides for the beast of the field, the wild donkey. The birds in their nests. The cattle are cared for. The trees of the field are included. The stork is mentioned. Wild goats are on the list. The rock badgers are named. Young lions roar after their prey. The ocean is filled with creatures both small and great. The psalmist is overwhelmed by how manifold His works are. He jubilantly states, “Your wisdom has made all this and the earth is full of your possessions.”

If the birds, the badgers, and the donkeys are waiting on God, then what about me? Too often I have found myself taking matters into my own hands. The problem with that? If things work out I take the credit, if they don’t the tendency is to blame the Lord. The best place to be is the place of total dependency. Does that mean I do nothing? Absolutely not. I do my work as unto the Lord with all my ability and diligence. The difference? I am looking to the Lord and He is blessing the work of my hands. Ps. 37:24 – “Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land…”

THE GLORY OF CREATION

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“These wait upon thee, that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou give unto them, they gather: Thou open thine hand, they are satisfied with good.” Ps.104-27-28
A lot of us start the new year off with a new Bible reading plan. I hope you too will do the same! My plan starts with the book of Genesis, since its the book of beginnings. Sometimes I put on the “The Word of Promise” dramatized version and let it play while I work or drive. Genesis and the book of Revelation seem to come to life when the “drama” has been added! Who cannot read Genesis and say, what a creation! What a world in which we live in! From the creatures of the deep to birds and our precious animals. Everywhere God was, there is life. I love this psalm because it’s speaks about creation waiting upon God for supply.

There has been so many seasons in my life, that I can literally close my eyes and “go back” to all the places I have been able to travel and see the glory of creation. And yes, I can even still feel his presence looming over the backdrop of his beauty. From the African safaris, to New Zealand coastlines and their greenery, to the rice paddies of Korea, or just sitting in my backyard overlooking the Bogue Falaya River-I hear God singing and creation waiting for their “meat in due season”. Murray says, “The whole creation is ruled by the one unalterable law of “waiting upon God”. When we lived out in Destrehan, I used to walk the golf course early in the morning with my two labs and again, I can still remember the presence of the Lord with me while I walked. Can you feel His sweetness today, his gentle voice luring you to his secret gardens?

He goes on to to say, “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, His being each moment in their life and happiness, and pouring forth unto them, according to their capacity, THE RICHES OF HIS GOODNESS AND POWER.” I really think he waits for “our capacity” to enlarge so we can contain more of his love, glory, power, goodness to overflow through us. Our next move and only move is- “MY soul wait upon God”! I believe it is one long continual wait- not a waiting of aggravation, not a waiting of anxiousness, but of a deep yearning for him to come again and “walk into his garden so that our spices may flow”.

Can you remember when? Can you close your eyes and still feel His presence in the places he has meet you in the past? So many of us remember our first date, or when our spouses proposed, but do we experience a daily sweetness that takes our breath away? Do we “gather” around our creator and wait for his manna for today? It’s in the waiting that we find rest, joy and strength and the supply of our every need.

CLOTHED IN CREATION

Psa. 104:1,2 ¶  Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.

David taught us that the Lord has clothed Himself with creation. You can tell a lot about folks by the clothes they wear. Some are pretentious and others more muted. If creation is the garment of the Lord, He has to be breathtaking. As I was thinking about this verse I remembered that Jesus actually is God entering into His own creation. The Lord clothed Himself in human skin and came to live among us. What can we learn from looking at God in the ‘skin’ of a a man? First, we are amazed by His incredible love. It is rare for someone to die for family and friends, we consider that the highest act of bravery. Christ died for strangers and enemies. While we were yet sinners, at enmity with God, He died for us. Christ died to save sinners. He displayed His incredible authority as He drove out demons, healed the sick, and stilled the wind and the waves. He also showed His trust in His Father as He willingly gave up His life on the cross. He is clothed with light, just look around, He is cloaked just below the surface everywhere. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this verse.

“Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: wrapping the light about him as a monarch puts on his robe. The conception is sublime: but it makes us feel how altogether inconceivable the personal glory of the Lord must be; if light itself is but his garment and veil, what must be the blazing splendor of his own essential being! We are lost in astonishment, and dare not pry into the mystery lest we be blinded by its insufferable glory. Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain—within which he might dwell. This is a substantial argument for the truth with which the psalmist commenced his song, “O Lord my God, thou art very great.”

So go ahead and check out God’s clothes, He is in full array all around you. Take some time and you will feel His love breaking through the skin that cloaks Him from the world. Oh Lord, You are very great!

ALL CREATION WAITS

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.