Day 2

A Prayer Celebrating God’s Creation

from the reading plan

Psalm 104:1-35

The famous British preacher Charles Spurgeon dealt with crippling depression. Once, as the young preacher’s popularity was on the rise, he found himself preaching in the Surrey Garden Music Hall. During the sermon, someone in the balcony shouted “Fire!” and panic ensued. Seven people died in the chaos, and many blamed Spurgeon for the episode. From that point forward, depression was never far behind this great man.

Seeking to run from his own internal nemesis, Spurgeon went on a holiday in Menton, France. The warm sun and stiff breeze ministered to his soul and rejuvenated his spirit. In explaining this to the pastors he trained at his college, he told them, “A mouthful of sea air, or a stiff walk in the wind’s face, would not give grace to the soul, but it would yield oxygen to the body, which is next best.” He told them that someone who camped out in his study and did not venture into God’s creation “needs not wonder if his heart forgets to sing and his soul grows heavy.”

Spurgeon learned what we so often forget: it is easy to forget the goodness and glory of God when you spend little time enjoying the world He created. The longer we spend hunched over our phones, bathed in fluorescent light, the more we will lose our vision of God in His glory, splendor, and might, and the more we will find our souls withering away.

The psalmist’s words in Psalm 104 direct his soul to behold the beauty of God. He praises God for the splendor of His majesty, and in doing so, worships and sings over creation, which bears witness to God’s boundless glory. Then, he shows how creation itself trusts in the Lord’s provision and revels in the rest of creation.

This psalm emphasizes the initiative and care God took in every act of creation. He “set the earth on its foundations,” made “springs gush forth in the valleys,” caused “grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate,” and “made the moon to mark the seasons” (vv. 5,10,14,19). At every step, the psalmist shows the creative power of God and how creation benefits from what He has done.

Most of all, though, the men and women created in God’s own image enjoy this creation as a reflection of His goodness and loving care for us. He shows that the things we often take for granted are there to give us life and joy. He causes “the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart” (vv. 14-15).

This psalm calls us to venture outside into the good world the Father made. When we do, we find joy in what our Father provided, see His majesty reflected in what His hands formed, and cannot help but give back to Him the praise and glory that is due to His great name.

Written by Scott Slayton

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4 thoughts on "A Prayer Celebrating God’s Creation"

  1. Kevin says:

    Day 2: I find that I get easily distracted in the day and don’t have the Lord on the forefront of my thinking a lot. Not that he is supposed to be all we think about ever as we have jobs and school etc. but I forget to see God in different places. I want to try and open my eyes to seeing God more throughout the day in the little things and the big. He is here.

  2. Stephen says:

    I think for me sometimes I differentiate Gods beauty in creation from God’s creation that has function. But there is beauty in function. There is beauty in order.

    Currently in the outer banks it is clear that there are things beautiful for the sake of God’s glory: sunrise/sunset etc. but when things follow instruction from the Lord, that is also beautiful. How can I attempt to be a part of the beauty of the order of the sequence of God’s design.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Is so easy to get caught up in the things around me, that I sometimes fail to recognize the beauty of nature created by Gods creative hand. From the trees in my yard that have been here for decades, to the inland lake so large that it resembles the magnitude of an ocean, myself and my family have been blessed to live in an area with a variety of natural aspects. How can I look at things for what they truly are, and hand crafted, purposefully place, creation of God.

    For example, the large tree in my front isn’t just a large tree, it’s a monument that has stood the test of time. It provides both food and shelter for the animals and shade for my home. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also purposeful.

    God — help me to see the essence of your beauty in the nature around me. Help me to see you in every natural thing I come across and appreciate it for the purpose and beauty you have created it for.

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