Keep Calm and Read a Psalm 104:24-25:
“O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—
This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.”
Can you see it in? The ocean, spread before you. The sea breeze, sweeping across your face with the aroma of salt. Look up—there’s the wide sky, clouds sailing through to kiss the water with billowing lips. Look down—your feet squish in the sand as the waves tap your toes. It’s as if the ocean is sick of being wet and just wants to feel the dry land, sending its foam-covered hands onto the sands. Perhaps I’m overdoing it here—can you tell I’m a beach lover? But, really—you know the feeling too! Almost everyone gets excited to be at the beach, to wade into the waves and to walk with friends or lovers down the sandy lanes.
Have you ever steered your sunglass-shaded eyes to the farthest horizon, where sky meets sea, and think to yourself, God, You’re incredible! Apparently, the Psalmist did, here in Psalm 104—the great Creation Psalm. It’s worth a read this week, especially for you nature lovers. Though, when you think about it, shouldn’t all Christians be nature lovers? Whether it’s just trees all around you or soaring mountains. Your appreciating nature is like your writing a “Thank You Note” for a great birthday present. “What present?”
Don’t you know? God Almighty has graciously given you a majestic world to live in. It’s simply not right for you to coop yourself up in your house 24-7, looking at cats on the Internet, and ignore the majesty going on outside your Windows (or Mac).
But maybe you don’t see this world as majestic. Maybe hurricanes and tornadoes and earthquakes and death upon death have made you see this world as harsh and cruel. For you, it’s also time to look outside. To hear the birds chirping. The owls hooting. The wolves howling. The llamas…doing whatever llamas do.
After reviewing Creation for 23 verses, the Psalmist cried out, “O LORD, how manifold are Your works!” He didn’t have to make all this for us. He didn’t have to make trees spread their branches so aesthetically over man-made paths as you walk to class. He didn’t have to make clouds billow in such magnificent shapes as you take that jet to a meeting. He didn’t have to make squirrels so hilarious, dogs so fun, and cats so…well, cats!
But He did. He made it all in “wisdom.” Look back to the ocean, teeming with the coolest creatures—from the octopus and whale to the human in a scuba suit. Human? Yes, you! He created you! And the God that can create you and everything else on the face of this planet can certainly handle your problem today. The world is majestic, from winter to summer. And your life is majestic, even if it seems harsh. Remember, God used the hurricane to clear space for the palmetto trees. Which you used to hold your hammock. Which you used to relax…to stare out at the “great and wide sea,” the “possession” of your God.
-Matthew W., SC