We’re going to have fun this final week Thanksgiving week! For most of us, Thanksgiving occurs close to the time of autumn splendor, filling our hearts with awe.
That is certainly true where I live — here in Door County, Wisconsin. This is the road to the ferry.Jacob Kiesow Photographer on Unsplash
We’re going to be going slowly through Psalm 104. William Brown writes:
With the exception of Job 38-41, Psalm 104 revels in the wonder of earthly creation to a degree unmatched by any other creation text.”
John Piper explains that God’s creation reveals His character.
In the same way, Luci Shaw said:
God has given us two great books: His Word and His Creation — and they speak of one another.
Years ago I took my second grandchild, Jessamyn, for a hike and asked her to explain how creation reveals God’s character. She was just a pre-teen but did really well. She said the big beautiful trees near the water reminded her that if we stayed close to God like they stayed close to the water we would be beautiful too. She said the reliability of autumn always coming at the same time reminded her of God’s faithfulness, and the waves on Lake Michigan of His mercies coming in one after another.
Now we’ll see how well you do!with Psalm 104!
It’s going to be a great week. We will spill over a few days for we begin an Advent Series next — and I will return to posting on Sunday mornings.
Ask God to help you see His character through His creation.
Prepare your heart with this from Fernando Ortega:
1. Read all of Psalm 104 out loud and share anything that is particularly beautiful to you and why. Then give thanks.
Friday: He Wraps Himself in Light
I am so blessed to have inherited this home from my parents, for so often I look up and my breath catches at the majesty of God, as happened just a few nights ago when I looked up from my reading and saw this. Indeed, as the psalmist says, creation shows the glory of God. Let us meditate on what it means that God wraps himself in light as with a garment.
2. Read Psalm 104:1-2
A. What does verse 2a say?
B. What are some characteristics that light represents in Scripture? If God wraps Himself in these, how might that help you trust Him?
3. As you reflect on last week and the importance of speaking to your soul, how might you speak this truth to her (souls are feminine in Scripture) about a situation that causes you anxiety? Then give thanks.
Saturday: He Rides on the Wings of the Wind
4. Read Psalm 104:3-4.
A. What picture does the psalmist paint?
B. Compare this to Psalm 18:4-10. What similar picture is here?
C. What does this tell you about the character of God? Give thanks.
5. Share a time when God came running to rescue you or a loved one.
God Hunt Sunday
6. How have you seen God at work in your life this week? Give thanks.
Monday: At Your Rebuke the Waters Fled
7. Read Psalm 104:5-9.
A. What picture is painted?
B. Compare this to Job 38:8-11. What is similar?
C. What does this tell you about the character of God? Give thanks!
8. Share a time when you were so thankful for God’s sovereignty.
Tuesday: He Waters the Earth and Its Creatures
9. Read Psalm 104:10-18 as a Lover reads! What pictures stand out to you and why?
10. What does this tell you about the character of God? Give thanks!
11. How has He provided for you recently?
Wednesday: Swarms without Number
Prepare your heart with this old Amy Grant song!
While I’ve never been brave enough to scuba dive, I have been privileged to snorkel in tropical oceans. I love the phrase “swarms without number,” for it truly is astonishing to see the variety, the colors, and the swarms of fish.
Photo by Daniel Cornershi on Unsplash
12. Read Psalm 104:19-28
A. What does verse 19 show about God’s character for which you are thankful?
B. What pictures stand out to you and why?
C. What else does this tell you about the character of God? Give thanks!
Be alert to how God shows up today. Come back and tell us tomorrow.
Friday: I Will Sing to the Lord All My Life
13. How did you see God at work on Thanksgiving Day?
14. Read Psalm 104:29-35 and share what stands out to you about God and why?
15. What will you remember from these 21 days of Thanksgiving?