Tuesday, August 9, 2011

And it was good

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
   O LORD my God, you are very great!
 You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
 2covering yourself with light as with a garment,
    stretching out the heavens like a tent.
3He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;he makes the clouds his chariot;
   he rides on the wings of the wind;
4he makes his messengers winds,
   his ministers a flaming fire.

 5He set the earth on its foundations,
   so that it should never be moved.
6You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
   the waters stood above the mountains.
7At your rebuke they fled;
   at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
8The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
   to the place that you appointed for them.
9You set a boundary that they may not pass,
   so that they might not again cover the earth.

 10You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
   they flow between the hills;
11they give drink to every beast of the field;
   the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
   they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
   the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

 14You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
   and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
 15and wine to gladden the heart of man,
 oil to make his face shine
   and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

 16The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17In them the birds build their nests;
   the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18The high mountains are for the wild goats;
   the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

 19He made the moon to mark the seasons;
   the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
   when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
   seeking their food from God.
22When the sun rises, they steal away
   and lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
   and to his labor until the evening.

 24O LORD, how manifold are your works!
   In wisdom have you made them all;
   the earth is full of your creatures.
25Here is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with creatures innumerable,
   living things both small and great.
26There go the ships,
   and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

 27These all look to you,
   to give them their food in due season.
28When you give it to them, they gather it up;
   when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
   when you take away their breath, they die
   and return to their dust.
30When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
   and you renew the face of the ground.

 31May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
   may the LORD rejoice in his works,
32who looks on the earth and ittrembles,
   who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
   I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34May my meditation be pleasing to him,
   for I rejoice in the LORD.
35Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
   and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

Psalm 104

Over the past two weeks my children have been able to see the Sierra Nevada mountains, rivers filled with massive rocks, the biggest tree in the world, an ocean with powerful waves, waterfalls, a lake used to help farmers water their crops, and animals from seals to chipmunks.  It is so easy to get lost in the modern world and forget to see God.  Nature helps to bring us back to that.  God is evident in nature all around and you can't help but marvel at the incredible creations.  This Psalm speaks so perfectly of marveling at this nature.  Even though these things are not a part of my daily life, there is still much beauty around to marveled at and Praise God for - even taking time to look at the things growing in the yard around us we can see God and discuss that with our children.  It is my hope to remember to point out and share God in more of the little things each day and not just wait for the big things - because as we know he is in all of them!

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for all that you create and giving us a glimpse into your majesty with some of the beautiful things we can find here on earth.  Be with me and guide my words as I help our chidlren to see you in these things too. 

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