Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

                Caring for the Environment

                           Psalm 104

                        Abraham Thariath

                        Epiphany MTC, NY

Vs.24 “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all……… May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works.”

 

Psalm 104 is a historical piece that confirms the dominion of Almighty God over all creations and reaffirms the creation narrative, especially regarding the earth and its surroundings/environment. The Psalm, one of the longest, establishes that He provides for all His creations and that it is imperative all creations always praise and thank this mighty and wonderful God.

And the unknown psalmist has a special prayer: “May the Lord be happy with what He has made.” At creation God saw everything good. But before long, Satan crept into the mind of Eve, and then Adam, to trap them into disobeying God’s commands.

Since then, all the Ten Commandments and other frequent regulations could not wash away the sins of humankind. We do not have to go far for the proof: Just look inward – to ourselves. So God’s redemption plan through His Son is not obsolete. As it was valid yesterday, so it is today.

God created the earth and the universe and the man in six days as part of a one unified plan. So human being has to perceive the earth and the universe as the extension of himself/herself. This view will encourage and enthuse man to stop all abuses. What God saw good, let no one alter.

As technology, a provision of God, expands human mind, creation narrative has assumed different forms. But all of these interpretations end up in the ultimate truth that our omnipotent God is the creator of all.

The Psalmist exhorts that all the creations are duty-bound to praise God and worship Him always. So all who continue to sin despite the awareness that God is the creator and He has a redemption plan executed through His son Jesus Christ, must face judgement. And such a judgment is coming “for destroying those who destroy the Earth” as indicated in Revelation 11:18.

                             PRAYER

O Lord help us to respect and appreciate all of Your creations and always be thankful to You for all of them. Amen.

                   THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

"LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty." Psalm 104: 1.