Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 23, 2016

“O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 104.  Here is a link to this chapter –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+104&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And food which sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord drink their fill,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds build their nests,
And the stork, whose home is the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim.
19 He made the moon for the seasons;
The sun knows the place of its setting.
20 You appoint darkness and it becomes night,
In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey
And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises they withdraw
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes forth to his work
And to his labor until evening.

24 O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.
25 There is the sea, great and broad,
In which are swarms without number,
Animals both small and great.
26 There the ships move along,
And Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it.

27 They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
28 You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are dismayed;
You take away their spirit, they expire
And return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;”  Psalm 104:14-31.

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Other doctrine proposes evolution.

But, Reformed Doctrine praises God for His creation.  We see this throughout Scripture which repeatedly pounds the table that God created earth, heaven, and all therein and which praises God for His creation.

We see it in the very first verse of Scripture (“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1).  We see it in the very last book of Scripture.  (“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;  for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  Revelation 4:11).  And, we see it in the middle such as in today’s Scripture.

We see this attribution and praise in the Reformed Creeds.

“Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”? 

A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence …  Heidelberg Catechism.

Article 12:  Of the Creation.
We believe that the Father, by the Word, that is, by his Son, hath created of nothing, the heaven, the earth, and all creatures, as it seemed good unto him, giving unto every creature its being, shape, form, and several offices to serve its Creator. That he doth also still uphold and govern them by his eternal providence, and infinite power, for the service of mankind, to the end that man may serve his God.  …  Belgic Confession. 

Q. 15.  What is the work of creation?

A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good.  Westminster Larger Catechism.

“O Lord, how many are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all;
The earth is full of Your possessions.”  Verse 24.

“30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the ground.

31 Let the glory of the Lord endure forever;
Let the Lord be glad in His works;”  Verses 30-31.

The righteous praise God for His creation.

“Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”  Verse 34.

But, the wicked do not properly credit God for His creation.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”  Romans 1:18-21.

“Let sinners be consumed from the earth
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!”  Verse 35.

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