Perodically, I have to remind myself that God is God and I am not.What I mean is, I sometimes find myself thinking that I’m much more significant than I really am. There are times I get to thinking that things revolve around me and what’s going on in my life. But – happily – this is not the case. Today, I rejoice that God is in control. I am grateful that there is nothing I can do to either positively or negatively affect God’s perfect plan.
Today’s reading in Psalms, chapter 104, reminded me of this refreshing fact:
5 He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
I also found comfort in the following passage in this chapter:
10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. 11 They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. 13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. 14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate– bringing forth food from the earth: 15 wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart. 16 The trees of the LORD are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the pine trees. 18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the coneys. 19 The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. 20 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. 21 The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. 22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. 23 Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.
24 How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number– living things both large and small. 26 There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. 27 These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
There’s something reassuring about this writer’s perspective. When you stop and think about all the complex interractions that are taking place each split second – it could easily blow your mind. Yet – each day the sun rises and sets. Each day, God’s mercies are new. Each day I rejoice that God is in control.
Enjoy this day that the Lord has made!
grace & peace,