Bible Studies for Life Lesson for August 24: God’s Work of Creation
August 12 2014 by Hilary Ratchford, writer, Southeastern Seminary student

Focal Passage: Psalm 104:1-5, 24-30
 
Psalm 104 is book-ended with praise to God. The psalmist says, in both verse 1 and 35, “Bless the LORD, O my soul” (ESV). He is giving glory to God for the work of His hands, the creation of the world. Everything in creation is the work of our God, who loves us. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth … God saw all that He had made and it was very good” (Genesis 1:1, 31).
 
In Psalm 104:1-5, the psalmist highlights how God has created out of His power and majesty. He wraps Himself in light, stretches out the heavens like a tent and makes the clouds His chariot. He has set the earth on its foundations; what He has created cannot be moved.
 
Verses 24-30 emphasize God’s wisdom in creation as well as His provision for all He has made. The psalmist praises Him for his vast works: from the waters to the mountains to the beasts of the field and the birds of the air; to the sea teeming with creatures, the sun and the moon, the roaring lion and the laboring man.
 
Yet, the psalmist makes it clear that God did not simply create and then abandon His work. God is not “the watchmaker” who created and then left the world to run on its own. No, He is intimately involved in sustaining His creation. In verses 27 and 28, the psalmist describes how each living thing looks to God for provision “to give them their food at the proper time.”

I love how several translations emphasize the continual action of the verbs in verse 28, “When You give … When You open Your hand …” The psalmist recognizes that it is not a matter of if God will provide; it is a matter of when.
 
How do you need to apply this scriptural truth? Remember, you are His creation. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). He has not abandoned the work of His hands. He will continue to sustain you and provide for you, just like He will for the butterfly and the bear.
 
Let us give thanks to our loving Creator this week and say, “Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

8/12/2014 9:27:20 AM by Hilary Ratchford, writer, Southeastern Seminary student | with 0 comments
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