August 3, 2010

The Little Things in Life Matter Most

I just finished eating lunch, and am now sitting down at the computer to tackle some work items. I am surrounded by my cats (well, one of them right now), who has chosen to flop down right at the very edge of my chair. He does that just so I cannot roll backwards. He also does it so that I will pay attention to him. Now, he is in my desk cupboard (after crying and then pounding on the door to tell me to open it up). He is sitting in there, just sitting in there. Oh, the life of a cat...God MUST be Creative to make up such unique and wonderful animals for us to enjoy!! In fact, I just read Psalm 104 today, and was reminded of His Creative Hand:

Psalm 104
Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence

– 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul!

O LORD my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
2 Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,
4 Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire.

5 You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
7 At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
8 They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.
13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.[a]

19 He appointed the moon for seasons;
The sun knows its going down.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening.

24 O LORD, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—
25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.
26 There the ships sail about;
There is that Leviathan
Which You have made to play there.

27 These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.
28 What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are troubled;
You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
May the LORD rejoice in His works.
32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the LORD.
35 May sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD!

God is Soverign and nothing that happens in our world or our lives is new or unexpected to Him. He knows my days, my very days, and He knows what each day will bring. He is not surprized by anything nor is He overly concerned about the time of things (or events and how the come to pass). He is Soveriegn and in control of every single aspect of our Universe. All of Creation is in His care and in His Hand. Therefore, there is nothing that will happen to me this day that will escape His notice or His Providential care. I am thoroughly and completely esconced (don't you love that word, it means to be sheltered or concealed) in His Magnificient and Marvelous Will. Nothing that concerns me today has any affect on Him. He is Immovable, Steadfast, Resolute -- there is nothing that will shake Him or make Him quiver or whince. He is Almighty God, and I am in His tender Loving and Merciful care this day.

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