Psalm 104: 19-23
19 He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. 20 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. 21 The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. 22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. 23 Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
This whole Psalm 104 is stunningly beautiful. Every line is a prayer full of beautiful adjectives describing the earth and God’s powerful creation. But when I read these particular lines, 19 through 23, my mind drifted away from picturing the beauty of God’s creation. I started envisioning the sadness of people living on the dark side. People who may sleep during the day and come out on city streets at night. People far away from a loving home. Young people caught up in human trafficking. The homeless and addicted making their way along frightening, dark and dangerous streets.
I don’t know why such a beautiful psalm could lead me to such sad thoughts. But God has laid these impressions on my heart for a reason.
There is a dark side to the world. Evil walks in lock step with beauty. Yes, God‘s creation is mighty and beautiful. But for many, many of our brothers and sisters the earth is full of evil and fear. My prayer tonight is that God‘s loving arms are around those who suffer in the shadows. I pray I can help lead someone out of the darkness and onto a path flooded with the light God provides.