Reading: Psalm 104: 24-34 and 35b
Verses 24 and 35b: How many are your works O Lord! … Praise the Lord.
Our Psalm today opens with a great reminder about Creator God: “How many are your works O Lord”! All that there is – from the largest to the tiniest, all that covers the land and swims in the waters – was created by God. The psalmist then offers praise for God’s provision. At just the right moment, God provides for the needs of what He has created. His love in reflected in His care. And the Psalm also acknowledges that life ends, that breath is no more and life returns to ashes. As created beings, we too live within this cycle of life. We are created by God, we are loved and cared for by God, and one day our human bodies draw our last breath and we too return to ashes.
The psalmist then opens up the praise in verse 31. In the simplicity of life we can see the glory of the Lord. We are amazing creations, as is all of life. Just as in the beginning God was pleased with all He had made, God continues to be pleased with the work of His hands. Our response? Verse 31 sums it up well: “I will sing praises to my God as long as I live”. Because God continues to be active and engaged in our lives and world, He is worthy of our praise.
Today may we join with all of creation in praise of the mighty works of God’s hands!