The Source of Things

8 Oct

Here’s the thing about our world. People don’t think. People don’t think about the big stuff – the God stuff every often. At least the people I talk to, and even what I talk about is small stuff; how’s the weather, how was work, what are we going to eat, how are you feeling today. It is nice conversation, but I think we need to spend at least a little time thinking about the source of our lives, the source of what we eat, and work at and even how we feel.

Psalm 104 celebrates the source of all things. Since it is in the Judeo-Christian tradition, the writer calls the source God. Do you think about that – the fact that you could rise from your bed today and have an earth to enjoy is because God is. Now I don’t want to get into a scientific conversation, or try to prove or disprove “stuff”, but by faith I believe God is the source of what is and even the source of our intelligence which we use to try to name the secondary source of what we experience. Let me be clear that I think it is essential that we use our intelligence and figure out stuff, but I think daily we ought to take time just to praise and give honor to the BIG BEGINNER of things. Psalm 104 would be a good starting place for that praise. It is a long psalm, but it goes through all of creation, so it takes a little time.

1-14 O my soul, bless God!

God, my God, how great you are!
beautifully, gloriously robed,
Dressed up in sunshine,
and all heaven stretched out for your tent.
You built your palace on the ocean deeps,
made a chariot out of clouds and took off on wind-wings.
You commandeered winds as messengers,
appointed fire and flame as ambassadors.
You set earth on a firm foundation
so that nothing can shake it, ever.
You blanketed earth with ocean,
covered the mountains with deep waters;
Then you roared and the water ran away—
your thunder crash put it to flight.
Mountains pushed up, valleys spread out
in the places you assigned them.
You set boundaries between earth and sea;
never again will earth be flooded.
You started the springs and rivers,
sent them flowing among the hills.
All the wild animals now drink their fill,
wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Along the riverbanks the birds build nests,
ravens make their voices heard.
You water the mountains from your heavenly cisterns;
earth is supplied with plenty of water.
You make grass grow for the livestock,
hay for the animals that plow the ground.

I like the psalmist affirmation that God made grain and wine to make people happy. C.S. Lewis in his book “Mere Christianity” says that everything that God made is good; it is just our abuse or neurotic hold on stuff that makes it unhealthy for us.

14-23 Oh yes, God brings grain from the land,
wine to make people happy,
Their faces glowing with health,
a people well-fed and hearty.
God’s trees are well-watered—
the Lebanon cedars he planted.
Birds build their nests in those trees;
look—the stork at home in the treetop.
Mountain goats climb about the cliffs;
badgers burrow among the rocks.
The moon keeps track of the seasons,
the sun is in charge of each day.
When it’s dark and night takes over,
all the forest creatures come out.
The young lions roar for their prey,
clamoring to God for their supper.
When the sun comes up, they vanish,
lazily stretched out in their dens.
Meanwhile, men and women go out to work,
busy at their jobs until evening.

I like this “wildly, wonderful world” God made with Wisdom along. There is such a beautiful diversity that makes it so interesting. There is also a artistic balance when humans do not destroy it.

24-30 What a wildly wonderful world, God!
You made it all, with Wisdom at your side,
made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.
Oh, look—the deep, wide sea,
brimming with fish past counting,
sardines and sharks and salmon.
Ships plow those waters,
and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them.
All the creatures look expectantly to you
to give them their meals on time.
You come, and they gather around;
you open your hand and they eat from it.
If you turned your back,
they’d die in a minute—
Take back your Spirit and they die,
revert to original mud;
Send out your Spirit and they spring to life—
the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.

It is God that is the source, the life, the breath, of all that is. Maybe today we can say Thank you to God for continuing to breath Life into our world and into us.

31-32 The glory of God—let it last forever!
Let God enjoy his creation!
He takes one look at earth and triggers an earthquake,
points a finger at the mountains, and volcanoes erupt.

33-35 Oh, let me sing to God all my life long,
sing hymns to my God as long as I live!
Oh, let my song please him;
I’m so pleased to be singing to God.
But clear the ground of sinners—
no more godless men and women!

O my soul, bless God!

If God is the source of all things as the psalmist and I believe, and God loves us as wants to be our God, then what do we have to worry about. God has made us, loved us, claimed us, and will be with us through each twist and turn in our lives. YEA GOD!

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