Church Matters

By Alex Russon / May 5, 2024

Psalm 104

The bible contains 66 books in total, 39 of them in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. I mention this since some may believe it’s one continuous opus, but by splitting the story into separate books we’re able to better focus on specific themes, individuals and messages. For example, there are 4 ‘gospel books’; Matthew, Mark, Luke & John and whilst each addresses the story of Christ, they come from the perspectives of four very different individuals.

One of the books of the Old Testament is the Psalms, 150 songs and poems written in the main by David (he wrote almost half). They were essentially tributes to and conversations with God, some of them very challenging as hearts are opened containing lament, complaint and weariness. Other psalms offer unqualified thanks and praise. The one we looked at in church this week was one of the latter, Psalm 104, a meditation of thanks for God’s creation, provision and splendour.

Psalm 104 speaks about how God reveals himself to us through creation. He is almighty immeasurably powerful, separating water from dry ground, creating land and sea, establishing boundaries and installing order. He feeds us, animals and birds too, with food from the ground (grass, plants, vegetables) and refreshes us with water. There is an abundance of provision from him, the world yielding plenty of produce as he ceaselessly provides. It’s just a shame how man decides to ‘share’ these spoils.

He created night and day, the sun rising and falling according to the rhythms he ordains, the four seasons. He’s creative, how many are his works? Look at the multitudes of creatures, plants and living things, the differences and nuances between each of them. He creates so much then invites us to join him in their cultivation and development, sowing seeds then tilling, giving us a part to play. He gives and we gather, picking up and carrying what he provides, taking responsibility for our side of the deal.

He has a plan for the world and for us as individuals, however we’ve very much a part to play in achieving these plans. He created us, he didn’t programme us, he asks then for his creation to seek and partner with him, to learn his good and perfect will. It’s a relationship. He didn’t create robots, he created people, with choices and free will. He longs for us to return to him, offering ourselves to him as a living sacrifice  (Romans 12:1-2).

If we choose wisely we’ll invite him into our lives, to be involved in the big things and the small, in our everything. Psalm 104 beseeches us to seek him in nature and in creation but also to find him in our heart and soul. He is there for each and every one of us, we only need invite him in.