Week of November 26 - Day 4

Day 4   Read: Psalm 104:27-30

27 These all look to you,
    to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
    when you take away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

Reflect: What do we know about the relationship between the creation and the Creator? How does the creation act and respond to the Creator?

Consider: The key words here are ‘give’ (vv. 27–28), ‘open’ (v. 28), ‘hide’ (v. 29), ‘take’ (v. 29), ‘send’ (v. 30) and renew’ (v. 30). These verbs are in the present tense. God’s creative work is over, but his sustaining work goes on. He supplies the creatures with what they need by simply opening his hand. When it is time for them to die, he simply takes their breath away.[1]

Respond: How do you respond to the Creator for what He has given you? In what areas of your life do you withhold praise? Yield these to Him and worship Him for the fullness of his creation and provision.

 

[1] Roger Ellsworth, Opening up Psalms, Opening Up Commentary (Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006), 138.