The Works of Creation

A recent Gallup Poll found that the greatest number of Americans (47% of those expressing an opinion) hold to the strict creationist view, that God created man pretty much in his present form within the last 10, 000 years. Most other Americans believe in some combination of evolu … More

Creation

In adorning this earth as a beautiful place to live, God placed springs in the valley as a place to water the animals (vv. 10-12). He also makes the grass and food for the animals to grow (vv. 13-15). He provides dwelling places for animals and birds (vv. 16-18).  To all of this He has added the sun and moon to rule the times when various creatures on the earth are active (vv. 19-23). How wonderful is God’s coordination of His great creation. We must recognize that it did not come into existence by itself and it cannot maintain existence by itself. If God should withdraw Himself from His living creatures they are doomed. The psalmist knows nothing of spontaneous generation. The fallacies of evolution did not cloud his understanding of the marvelous creative hand of God.

Corn, oil, and wine were commodities for which Palestine was famous. In 1948 when the Jewish nation was reborn the hills were mostly rock strewn areas of desolation. Years of mismanagement under various conquerors had destroyed their forests. Since that time the Jews have replanted many of their great forests and the countryside has begun to bloom again. The psalmist also talks about how faithfully the sun sheds its light on the earth and how the moon catches its beams and reflects them back to the earth. We know much more about the sun today than the psalmist did. It is not only the source of light but of life on the planet. If it were a little hotter, it would burn everything to a crisp. If it were a little colder everything would turn into a giant iceberg.  It is said that for the earth to maintain its proper temperature the sun consumes 4,200,000 tons of its weight every second. Yet it is so controlled that the thin margin of temperature necessary for life to exist is maintained from age to age.

Application

I serve a great God who has created everything, including me. I just need to thank Him more and share His truth with others.

Psalms 104:10-23 (English Standard Version)

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man's heart. The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers. He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep about. The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God. When the sun rises, they steal away and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening.

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