Sunday, June 5, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Fourm

Nurturing God’s creation
Psalm 104
Katherine Philip
St. John’s Mar Thoma Church, NY
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. 33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. 34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.”


Sitting on a window seat, staring out of an airplane, it is absolutely impossible to see man walking down below. We are reminded as to how small we are in this great and magnificent world that the Lord our God has created. Our problems and worries are insignificant knowing that we are a tiny speck on this earth. Some of us work hard day after day only to complain about the little things in life when our Father made the universe within a week and saw that “it was good”. We tend to solely magnify our problems rather than marveling at the actions of God.
 
    One of my favorite documentary series is “Planet Earth” created by The Discovery Channel. Through the series, we are able to see animals and nature from all different parts of the earth that have never been filmed before. It is amazing to think how our God created it all. Watching this series is similar to reading this entire passage of Psalm. We are able to see God magnified and our problems seem to be no bigger than a grain of sand. Through this passage, we are able to keep God where he belongs, higher than every circumstance and situation.
 
    As verse 34 reads, “may my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord”. The psalmist is focusing on the wonderful greatness of God rather than the mere problems of man. We are to meditate on His’ greatness in order to please the Lord. If one spends an entire day thinking about something that may cause slight frustration, towards the end of the day, the amount of frustration that grows within will be unfathomable. No matter what issue we meditate upon, it will grow and become larger occupying our hearts and minds. Instead of continuously focusing on our insecurities and other irrelevant issues, we should continuously focus on the greatness of God. This way, we will be magnifying Him throughout the course of time.
 
    Instead of meditating on the trouble of life, what kind internal peace and happiness will arise when we meditate on the glory of God? If God was magnified in our thoughts daily, how would our faith be compared to the times in life we need faith for? When we make the wonder in our Lord’s greatness the target for meditation, we will be fruitful.

PRAYER

Dear Father, thank You for creating this beautiful universe. Help us to magnify You and to continuously meditate on You – for You are mighty and glorious. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104: 33