The ‘ENTIRE CREATION’ depends on GOD for SURVIVAL
June 21 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 98-104
"O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions--these all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season. What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good. You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth." (Psalms 104:24, 27-30)
Psalm 104 praises God for His greatness as the ultimate Creator. The introduction to this psalm is a brief call to praise (v. 1a), while the body of the psalm (vv. 1b–30) expounds on the majesty of God’s creative work as few psalms do. God is infinite (vv. 1b–4) and He has created and established the earth’s land and seas (vv. 5–9). God cares for the animal kingdom by giving food and drink (vv. 10–18) and all living creatures are completely dependent on God for survival (vv. 27–30). The whole of creation must recognize that as it did not come into existence by itself it cannot maintain existence by itself!
If God withdraws the light of His countenance from His living creatures, they are confounded (30:7). God sends forth His spirit, and all the living they are created. Though they may not be conscious of it, all living creatures depend on God for their food as well. As God supplies it, they gather it in…He opens His hand and they are abundantly filled. When death strikes down one generation, a new one is raised up to take its place. All creation depends on the Creator for birth, life, and sustenance. Even death is controlled by the Sovereign God!
God provides life, water, food and homes for man and beast and also the birds, and He sees to it they are cared for. God is omnipresent: He is everywhere (Ps. 139). However, in His anger God withdraws covenant blessings and this is experienced as divine absence. So, let us understand that the entire creation depends on God for survival…!!!
As part of God’s creation, we need to also turn to God and depend on Him for our daily survival. We need to cling to Jesus daily and draw nourishment from Him for our survival. As Jesus Himself has declared – without Him we can do NOTHING: "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." (John 15:4-5)