by: Denise Robinson
As I sit at my computer this morning, thunder is rumbling, lightning is flashing in the sky, it's raining outside, and I have one very nervous dog in my lap (despite the forecast which called for a 60% chance of rain). Everything from the weather to my dog reminds me of the power and beauty of God's creation - and that is the theme of today's psalm.
Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty .. you make the clouds your chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind .. You set the earth on its foundations .. you cover it with the deep as with a garment .. You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills, giving drink to every wild animal .. By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow .. The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly .. in them the birds build their nests. You made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness and it is night .. O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures .. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works - who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord! (Ps. 104)
I am not much of a poet, but this psalm is a poem of praise to God and celebration of the wonder of God's creation. I encourage you to take a few short breaks throughout today to just pause and look around. Praise God for all that you see around you (even the dog who will not be budged because of the thunder).
Prayer: God, you are a great God. I am reminded this morning that you set the earth on its foundations and that you cause all things to have life and to grow. We may understand more about weather patterns and thunder and lightning than the psalmist did thousands of years ago, but I am still amazed at the beauty and power of your world. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it and thank you for your promise of a new heaven and earth to come where we will be forever in your presence. Amen.