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Morning Manna | Psalms 104:24 | How manifold are thy works!

Psa 104:24  O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

This verse is in harmony with the many others in the scripture that tell us that we live in a world created by, sustained by, and marked by the Glories of our creator. Truly, the fool has said in his heart there is no God. All one has to do is look at the manifest, manifold evidence for God in everything around us. From the rising of the Sun to the setting, the stars in their courses, the natural order of life, and all the design we find in everything around us all point us to a designer. It seems that this has been the meditation of the Psalmist's heart, all the wonders of God he has beheld just in the natural world and he has to exclaim "O Lord, how manifold are thy works!"

If we are still long enough to observe the world around us we too, can be overwhelmed with the many wonders of God. The Psalmist talks of the springs, the sun and moon, the animals, humans, The birds of the air, and the beast of the field. How each one has its place and dwells by its systems, in the natural he sees the fingerprint of the supernatural. It must have been by divine wisdom that all of this was set in order and continues to operate. If a man wants to see God, God has made it so that all he has to do is open his eyes. Psalms 19:1-3 tell us to look at the creation we live in, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard." The creation is a witness to every tongue, every nation, if a man lives then he lives in a world that declares the glory of God day after day. Surely, "The Earth is full of his riches."

So why then are so many blind to the wonders and reality of God? Romans 1:20-21 gives us that answer, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." These verses clearly state the same truth as our psalm today, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen." That is God is evident in the creation, yet they are blind because when they knew God they glorified him not as God, neither were they thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." Here we have the purpose of God's creation, to show us God that we might know he is there and that he is Good and to make our hearts love him. And also the dangers of not glorifying the Good God of Heaven and earth. 

You woke up this morning, if you are able-bodied, you got out of bed, and you are reading this message this morning, all these things you did without your strength. You are living in a world that does not belong to you, breathing air that does not belong to you, spending time that does not belong to you. To whom do you owe your life? It is the God that gave and gives life. The creator, Jehovah, if you have forgotten about all the things he has done for you, then today go for a walk, let the birds and the trees and the wind and the rain and rising sun and setting sun and the stars and moon preach the message of an all mighty, eternal, loving God to your soul until you remember and are thankful again. We live so much in the worlds we create within his world that we forget to lift our heads and see the glories of God that are all around us, and soon we become unthankful. 

There is a real danger, in not Glorifying God, that is our hearts become dark. You can't see in the dark and so are many who profess themselves wise and yet have become fools. So foolish, hearts so darkthat they can study this creation to the grandest scales and to the most microscopic level and their hearts are so darkened that amidst all their study of the creation they still fail to see the fingerprints of the almighty. Dear reader, please never come to this level of depravity. 

God gives the light of creation as an elementary light, a beginning light but it certainly isn't the only light he gives. Then we have a conscience to tell us right from wrong, a compass to lead us still to greater light. Don't sin against these lights! They are guiding lights, rivulets of light to lead you to the source of Light, Jesus. Jesus said I am the light of the World. That is the end goal of all the lights God has given man, creation is meant to lead you to the creator, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." The Sun is the light of God about man, but the conscience is the light of God in man and these lights are meant to lead you to thier source "the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." 

Today as I saw the Sun rising my heart was thankful for the warmth of the Sun, the faithfulness of God to bring a close to the night, and yet there is a greater light of truth that was therein seen. The light of the Risen Son, who brought an end to the dark night of death. When I see the stars in their courses and the seemingly infinite space around us, I am reminded that there is a God that spoke all of that incomprehensible space into existence. When we see a forest burned and yet a few days later we see sprouts of new life and weeks later greenery where once was destruction we are reminded of the mercy of God to renew destruction. When we hear the birds singing we are compelled to lift our voices and join in the praise, "This is my father's world!" Dear reader, I don't know who you are, or what measure of light you have sinned against, but look to the glories of God around you, and within you and be led to the light of the World Jesus Christ. "O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

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