By Brooke Holt
“By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples, so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.” Psalm 65:5-14
As I write devotions, I can look out my window and see the river. Today, the wind is blowing, and the water flows with such beauty. As I drove to my workout this morning, I saw the most glorious sunrise. Beautiful colors of orange, yellow, and red filled the sky, and there was this sliver of the moon to make it even more lovely. Beauty surrounds us every day. Do we recognize the source of the beauty?
In Psalm 65, David praises God over and over for who he is and what he does. David recognizes God’s amazing work in creation, and thanks him for the natural phenomenon. David sees God’s handiwork in every aspect of creation and delights in that handiwork. Is that how you view God’s creation? Do you take the time to enjoy different aspects of the creation and then to marvel at God’s handiwork?
David doesn’t stop with enjoying and praising God for his creation. He goes on to acknowledge that God is the giver of every good gift. It is the Lord who waters the earth, provides the grain, and causes it to grow. It is the Lord who brings abundance from the land as well as the livestock. Humankind is so quick to pride and self-reliance that they often forget who the true Creator and Provider is.
Let us pray to have hearts like David that praise and thank God for his creation and provision. May we recognize that every good gift comes from his hand, and may we delight in those gifts so that our lives are those that shout and sing for joy!
Have you taken time today to delight in God’s creation and then to praise him and thank him for that creation and provision? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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