Reflections on Creation [John 1:1-3; Psalm 8, Psalm 104]

Hello, Scroll Eaters!  Yesterday we read of God creating the heavens and the earth, and the Spirit hovering over the face of the waters, breathing into the man, but there is nothing said about the Second Person’s role in creation.  John lets us know in 1:3 that Christ was very much involved: “All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” “Him” or “Word” remains ambiguous until v. 14, when the Word becomes flesh and dwells among us, then the rest of the book talks about this person as Jesus Christ.  So, Christ was involved in creation as well.

But my focus in these readings were the Psalms.  Psalm 8 is one of the more famous Psalms today, if for no other reason than Michael W. Smith’s famous setting of it’s most famous line, now in most Baptist hymnals and sung around the world in many languages. David is musing on creation itself and specifically on the Creator, and I love where his mind goes.  When he sees the splendor and greatness and vastness of creation, his thought is “how can You concern yourself with us?”  In fact, David is everything short of dumbfounded: “You not only concern yourself with us, but think enough of us to put us in charge of all this!  You made us just a tad lower than yourself!”  It is an astounding proposition: we are the crowning achievement of God’s created order – we, who are so lowly and sinful, yet imbued with God’s love and blessing.

The anonymous psalmist of 104 spends most the psalm recounting, in poetic language, the works of creation.  At v. 24 we get that idea from Proverbs 8 again, that God created in wisdom.  The psalm opens with praising God, then uses creation as a reason why, which leads to the climax.  From v. 27-30, the psalmist points out that all these created things still depend on God for existence, that God is also the author of death.  God is not only creator, he is sustainer.  So the psalmist then praises God for his sustenance, then a nice little juxtaposition: there are those who do not praise God, and they should be extinguished.  The psalmist is very careful not to call for a human solution to this problem, but rather leaves it in God’s hands by praying in the third person imperative we looked at yesterday, “Let the wicked disappear forever.”  Then, he ends where he began, and where I hope we all are: “Praise the LORD!”

For tomorrow, read Genesis 3-5.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

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