24 O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small.
26 See the ships sailing along,
and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.
27 They all depend on you
to give them food as they need it.
28 When you supply it, they gather it.
You open your hand to feed them,
and they are richly satisfied.
29 But if you turn away from them, they panic.
When you take away their breath,
they die and turn again to dust.
30 When you give them your breath, life is created,
and you renew the face of the earth. NLT
Read verses 24-30 of Psalm 104. Make note of the following things:
- The large-scale aspects of creation
- The small, detailed aspects of creation
- The human-made aspects of creation
- The creature-made aspects of creation
Verse 27 declares that every single aspect of creation depends upon the Lord. In what ways is this statement true?
Look at verse 29. What would life on this earth be like if the Lord did not sustain it?
Consider verse 30. Why would the writer’s reflection on God’s life-sustaining work in creation lead to a reflection upon the work of the Lord’s Spirit in our lives?
::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::
If you have time, consider the revelation that John 1:1-4 and Colossians 1:16-17 both give to this passage.
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
Identical to the prior challenge, take time in the next 24 hours to notice the details of creation, both on a macro and micro scale. Let your observations lead you to praise the Lord.