Week of November 26 - Day 2

Day 2   Read: Psalm 104:5-15

5 He set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they fled;
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
    to the place that you appointed for them.
9 You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills;
11 they give drink to every beast of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
    they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
    and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15     and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man's heart.

Reflect:  How does the psalmist describe the process of creation in these verses? What examples are present which show God not only created the earth, but took care to place within creation things necessary to sustain creation?

Consider: In adorning the earth as a place for living, God placed springs in the valleys to give water for animals (vv. 10–12), and He makes things grow that give food for animals and man, and oil (from olive trees) to smooth man’s face (vv. 13–15).[1]

Respond: How does the knowledge that God took care of the details for sustained life for his creation impact how you respond to Him? How can that impact your approach to living? To how you view possessions? To how you give?

 

[1] Allen P. Ross, “Psalms,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 869.