Last Sunday we looked at Psalm 104 which is a psalm of praise for the way that God cares for and sustains his creation. The structure of this psalm is loosely modelled on the six days of creation in Genesis 1 but it also takes them a stage further, reflecting and praising God for what he has done. There are many lessons from this psalm for us:
- God is our creator
- God is powerful and has authority over his world
- God is in control
- God’s goodness is shown in the diversity of his creation
However, one key lesson from this psalm is that God cares for and sustains all that he has made. God provides the mountain goats and the stork with a home (v17-18). Verse 27-28 says, “These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.”
Therefore, one of the lessons for us is that we should give thanks to God for his provision and care. The British comedian Stephen Fry once said, “Good food, good wine and good company enrich our lives beyond measure. Most of us don’t say Grace these days because we don’t know who to thank for the inestimable pleasures of the table.”
However, if we are Christians we do know who to thank for the inestimable pleasures of the table. Ps104v14-15 says, “He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate – bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.” All these gifts and more come from God’s open hand. Therefore we should give thanks to God.
Hong Kong is known globally for its food. Who will we thank for it?