24. How many are your works, O Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 25. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. 26. There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. 27. These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. 28. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. 29. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. 30. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. Reflection by Darlene Wagner
While the statement “God exists” is indeed true, it is an understatement. God is “before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17). No physical thing is able to exist apart from God. Like many of the Psalms, Psalm 104 teaches truth about the Divine through observations of nature. All living creatures, including humans, face the fate of returning to dust (i.e. death). Yet, as nature is renewed through the work of Divine Spirit, likewise will humans be renewed through resurrection. That which exists in God’s universe will indeed exist again.
Invocation: Dearest Loving Father,Your lessons traced in nature all around Can never fail to bring both strength and joy! Though death is part of nature, your will prevails: That life returns, and more abundantly. Dear Loving Father, walk with us as we face hurt, For never must we struggle all alone.