The psalm we considered this morning covers a lot of territory, from the forces of nature to human culture, from the food the animals eat to the thoughts that men think. In all of these things, the psalmist points to some common themes:
- First, there are no ‘forces of nature’ in the way we commonly mean it, any more than there are ‘creations of man’ in the way we commonly mean that. All these things come from the hand of God.
- Second, there is only one proper response to this: to praise the Lord, and to make your thoughts sweet to Him.
We find it difficult to do this, because we focus on the things we do not like, and so zoom in on those tiny things that we refuse to see anything else. You must praise God even for those things, and my charge to you this week is to follow the strategy of the psalmist. Back off, look at the whole world, and praise God for all of it. Then, in that context, re-examine your discontents, and praise God for those things too.