Psalm 104:14, 15 “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-- bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.”
Psalm 104 is a magnificent picture of God’s sovereignty over the whole earth. It declares His supreme authority over everything. It talks about His use of water almost like a gardener watering his flowerbeds. He brings forth all that we depend upon for life and our well being. Verses 14 and 15 express this thought clearly.
The whole truth of the psalm is He is the creator, both in initiating and maintaining the earth. We are wholly dependent upon Him. We think we play a much larger part in what happens with the earth but in reality we don’t. Life doesn’t survive on other planets. Earth is a marvel prepared for us by a loving Father God.
The more society urbanizes, the more technology blossoms, the more we distance ourselves from this reality. We think we know and are in control but we’re not. The meteorologists who predict our weather are guessing most of the time. If we can’t predict the weather accurately, how can we possibly think we are in control of our environment? Storms and strange phenomena bewilder us. We call it climate change when in reality it is God saying I’m sovereign and in control.
People groups still making offerings to their gods in hope of being blessed with appropriate climatic conditions and good harvests. With those groups there is a sense of someone superior to man in control of these factors. The truth is, there is.
When we lose this perspective of the bigness and supremacy of God our problems and trials become dominate in our eyes. We wrestle to find solutions that we aren’t capable of enacting. We consistently need to come back to this place where God is supreme and in control. No matter what we see as the prophet Habakkuk said, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” (Hab.3:17-19)
Do you feel like Habakkuk? Do all your efforts seem fruitless? Will you rejoice in the Lord? Will you find joy in God? Rejoicing and praising Him is the only answer when we find ourselves in desperate times.
Prayer: “Father, I love You and praise You. My eyes paint fearful pictures that overwhelm me. Yet I will rejoice in You. I look to You, my Lord Almighty and call upon Your deliverance and mercy in Jesus’ name. Amen!”