A Devo From Scot - Psalm 104

Dear Church,

Did you know that in the seed of every tree, plant, fruit, vegetable and flower is the full complement of structures for the mature form? Yes, every seed of an oak tree has, in it, a miniature, and in some cases microscopic, root, trunk, branch and leaf. Every seed. Every kind.

Did you know that when a caterpillar creates a chrysalis and begins the metamorphosis process, the entire form of the caterpillar breaks down to a molecular level and then reassembles in a completely different form? The caterpillar and corresponding butterfly have almost none of the same attributes, internal makeup or structure. This means that two distinct and complete genetic codes of instructions are wound in every strand of their DNA.

When I consider these wonders, and a trillion more that bounce off my ignorance, I see not only a grand designer but also an impeccable manager. God’s resume on display for all to see. Much like the crescendoed ending of Job, this resume seems to be part of the reference point for Psalm 104. I’d like you to read it today and consider the poetic and rudimentary language used to describe the faultless management of God’s universe.

Say to your soul what the psalmist commands his own. “Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty.” Feel free to plagiarize these words. Borrow them. Use them. Make them your own. That’s why they are written down. God gives His permission. Enjoy them and learn from them.

After you read through Psalm 104 once, ask yourself this question: "If God is this good at managing the “lower,” impersonal parts of His creation, how well should I expect Him to oversee every detail of my life? Me. The pinnacle of His creative brilliance.” Consider carefully. Then read the psalm again.

I love you church.

Scot

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