God of Life
January 24, 2018
Read: Psalm 104:1–12, 24–30
Bible in a Year: Exodus 9–11; Matthew 15:21–39
LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.—Psalm 104:1
A few winters ago, my hometown experienced an unusually long blast of bone-chilling temperatures that finally gave way to the warmer weather of spring. For two weeks straight, the outside thermometer dipped well below the sub-zero degree mark (-20 C; -5 F).
On one particularly bitter cold morning, the sound of chirping birds broke the silence of night. Dozens, if not hundreds, sang their hearts out. If I didn’t know any better, I could have sworn the little creatures were crying out to their Creator to please warm things up!
Bird experts tell us that the multitude of birdsongs we hear during late winter mornings are mostly male birds, attempting to attract mates and claim their territories. Their chirping reminded me that God fine-tuned His creation to sustain and flourish life—because He is a God of life.
In a psalm that marvels at God’s flourishing earth, the author begins, “Let all that I am praise the LORD” (Psalm 104:1 NLT). He went on to write, “The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches” (v. 12).
From singing and nesting birds to a vast ocean “teeming with creatures beyond number” (v. 25), we see reasons to praise the Creator for the lengths He’s gone to ensure that all of life thrives. —Jeff Olson
Thank God for the world He has made. List the parts of His creation that you especially enjoy. Thank Him for them one by one.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17
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