Seeing The Big Picture

July 10, 2002
by Garnet Schenk

Psalm 104:1 – Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. (NIV)

Psalm 104:31 – May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works. (NIV)

The Sunday morning drive to church in the beautiful Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, countryside turned my thoughts to the 104th Psalm, the focus of my meditation for the day. The more I thought about the words of the Psalm, the more the words took on a powerful new meaning. The leaves were emerging in the beautiful hues of spring green, the trilliums were gently swaying in the breeze, and the birds were flitting from limb to limb. The creation that surrounds us is such a beautiful thing, and I saw, more clearly than ever before, the connection between the 104th Psalm and the creation story in Genesis. As seen through the eyes of the Psalmist, God is the creator as much today as he was in the beginning, for "when you send the Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth" (Psalm 104:30). There is order, there is newness, and there is an ongoing stewardship demanded from each of us.

During my twenty-minute drive, the meaning of the Psalm spoke to me in a very special way, as I contemplated the creation within sight. Questions began to emerge that spoke to me and challenged me in a new way.

  • As a Christian how am I called to preserve and protect creation?

  • How has God provided for me physically, spiritually and emotionally?

  • What should God's wise creation inspire in me?

  • What commitment does creation arouse in me?

  • What stewardship is demanded of me?

These questions call for a response in our everyday lives. How we respond will show how committed we are to God and his graciousness, as we go on about our life and work each day. We are called to honour the glory of God as displayed in his creation, not to abuse and waste it.

Prayer: O heavenly Father, creator of the universe, forgive us for our foolish and destructive ways. May we hear you speak to us, so that we may learn to be stewards of your creation. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Garnet Schenk <gschenk@cogeco.ca>
Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada

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