Psalms for Prayer: Day 2

A Prayer Celebrating God’s Creation

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Today's Text: Psalm 104:1-35

Scripture Reading: Psalm 104:1-35

I think children often imagine themselves as the center of all things, even the weather. And I think there’s something commendable about their curiosity, how they can attune their hearts and minds to what surrounds them. Psalm 104 gives me the impression that this is a God-inspired curiosity. Here, the psalmist wills his own soul to consider the beauty and majesty of God, and in doing so, his soul is moved to worship our Creator and admire His creation.

How countless are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures (v.24).

In truth, it is the Creator who is at the center of creation. God’s glory is revealed in what He has made: in the intricate and majestic beauty of His creation surrounding us. His artistic display is also wrapped up in His very essence, His radiant splendor, and His steadfast character. He wears His creation like a garment and commands it masterfully, setting up the edges between water and land, day and night. His boundaries are loving and lavish. Every green leaf and delicate creek seems full to the brim, right up to the edge of wherever He has ordered it to stop.  

God Himself takes pleasure in His own creation because it is an expression of His glory, and as His image-bearers, we too, ought to delight in what He has created (vv.31,33). And just as He is everlasting, His works will never cease to praise Him. “He established the earth on its foundations; it will never be shaken” (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 104:5).

He wraps Himself in the beauty of creation because He is the holy, nourishing, life-giving presence inside the beautiful cup of creation. His Son Jesus was poured out for us that we may be filled with the finest provision of all—our salvation (Isaiah 53; 1 Corinthians 11). When we take communion, we remember with all our senses that He is our nourishment, that He alone gives abundant life. He alone sustains us, forgives us, and makes us new.

In this mystery, we are planted on this earth, given an address, and we also find ourselves wrapped in the beauty of His creation—from the moment we walk out our front door in the morning to feel the fresh air on our faces and hear the birds singing their morning song. Even this is His provision for us, just as we are nourished daily by His Holy Spirit, feed on His Word, and walk in His presence.

Our God makes Himself known to us in the song of creation and has demonstrated His splendor in every wild beast, in the sound the thunder, in the messages of the wind, and in the blue sky canopy above us. In all of this and more, from start to finish, my heart sings out in celebration with the psalmist to say, “Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!” (v.35).

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  • I think it’s to easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to take a moment to look around and just appreciate the creativity of God and all he provides for us. I know I am guilty of this. I need to be better at scheduling in time to just appreciate and thank God for who he is and all he does.

  • Lynda Durand

    Our God is so creative and he values creativity. We are blessed everyday by His creation. Praise His creative way of loving us with the grand and glorious world!

  • Riodhna Duncan

    I love the beauty of this. Even when we feel lost, and broken, all we need to do is simply look around at the beauty of creation to remind us of God, and how good He is.

  • Jaezel Yerro

    Lord help me see this.. help me be aware of your glory. Lord I pray that every time I open my eyes I will see what you want me to see,not what the world wants me to see.. may I hear Your soft whisper rather than the shouts of the world

  • Tamar Bostock

    Amazing !

  • Ariana Gray

    It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine that you forget to stop and take a look at everything around you and be reminded that God’s work is all over. Love this scripture. God is truly amazing!!

  • Amber Cleveland

    This is my favorite bible study so far ❤️

  • Kuku Smith

    Love this

  • Blaire Ward

    God you are our nourishment! Help us always turn to you and walk in your presence. Amen

  • Alyssa Baker

    “He wraps us in the beauty of his creation.”

  • Tabitha ReneeKelly

    Thank you for everything you have created lord

  • Michelle O’Connor

    “He ministers a flaming fire” ❤️

  • Jessica BrandtLapen

    Thank you, God, for the beauty of your creation. And that you provide for every living thing – you are all we need.

  • God is Creator and Sustainer. In verse 28 He opens His hand and we are satisfied with good things. When He sends His breath we live. May we never forget He is LORD. He is our life, the very air we breathe. We look to You, alone, God, for our everything. You created us, gave us life… you will sustain us and take care of us. Thank you for your goodness to us. Everything good we have is because of You. We will maintain an attitude of thankfulness and praise for you!

  • Lita Sellalmo

    What an amazing reminder of how wonderful our God truly is! May He continue to strengthen each of us as we seek to bring Him glory in this new day.

  • Kristin Daniels

    Learning to seek God daily after years of having a simple and complacent relationship with Him. I’m finding it hard to pray at times because I’ve felt stale for so long. Reading this is today is a reminder that we can be thankful and worship Him for everything in our life and we can find glory and awe in all that He does and has made. I’m truly wanting to feel on fire for the Lord and to have a desire to read and learn and seek Him…

    • Tonya Marthaler

      When I find myself in these moments you speak of, where words to pray just don’t come so easy, I will listen to a worship song or as you did, read the Bible. I believe God knows our hearts in these moments as much if not more than the ones where we are on fire for Him. That you are aware is so much better than the complacency you spoke of…I think of the song, Set a fire down in my soul.

  • Jennifer Carducci

    I can’t help but notice how God is subject of many of these verse- Palms is a wonderful reminder of Hod’s power, wisdom, and provision. The glory of God forever. Praying that I will soak in the natural beauty around me today and all the glory goes to our Father.

  • Jami Pinch

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Hannah Van bentum

    I pray that we may protect and nurture God’s creation; it is so easy to look around and see so many examples where we have failed to take care of our environment. Lord help us to be aware of the impacts of our selfish, consumerist society on Your loving creation, and take steps to reverse the damage we have done so that it can be enjoyed by all. In the glory of Your name, Amen

  • “His boundaries are loving and lavish.” Thank you for pointing out how all of creation echoes God’s character! He created boundaries for everything: the ocean, within its boundaries, are beautiful and good. But when the water overflows its boundaries it becomes devastating and ugly. Such a great comparison to our own lives! When we live within the boundaries God has sert for our lives, we also can be beautiful and beneficial. But when we choose to live outside of those boundaries, we also will become destructive, to ourselves and others.

    • Karen

      Shannon, thank you for that analogy between God’s boundaries in nature and our own nature, it is so true!

  • Brittany Holmes

    “How great is our God? Sing with me: how great is our God? And all will see. How great-how great is our God”

  • Peony Noirr

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Katelyn Olivier

    I pray that I will be able to recognize the Lord’s creativity and wonder more. Psalms 104:24 “How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” This verse reminds me that every natural thing in this world was created by the Creator God for his pleasure. Every creature, every mountain, every ocean or sea, and every season. As God’s image bearers on this earth, we have the responsibility of taking care of His creation. Perhaps we should be taking steps to preserve Gods creation, in a way that worships the Creator.

  • Ali Ross

    Love this!

  • Cheryl Johnson

    In Cape Town was draught we faced water restrictions and prayed for rain. God answered our prayers anf gave us rain. Thank you Lord for showing us you marvelous works through rain, thunder, clouds and all that you have created. Thank you God ❤️

  • What beautiful imagery in this psalm. Wow.

  • Kimber Hatton

    I heard a Pastor explain that science tells us we need 4 basic elements to survive. Water , air, food & light. And so look what The Bible tells us about Jesus.

    I am the living water
    I am the breath of life
    I am the bread of life
    I am the light of the world

    #GodisDope

  • Annette Enkhorn

    The Lord is speaking and I am listening. <3

  • Jasmine R

    Everything God created has it’s purpose!

  • Joanne de Graaf

    Wow I was sitting outside as I was reading this and I looked around and God made everything so beautifully , “How countless are your works, Lord!”

  • Rene' Bancroft

    I always love reading about how God created the oceans & keeps them where they belong; the waters don’t come beyond the shores ~ He is so powerful!!

  • I really love this particular study for a number of reasons, including that we don’t have to DO anything. We don’t have to decipher a complicated text, compare and contrast various scripture passages, or look up commentaries (those at times, that disciplined practice of reading the Bible is so important). We just get to open the Psalms and pray-spending time in communication with God. This is inspiring me to be more prayerful while reading all the other She Reads Truth plans as well.

  • Tammy Walter

    Gods creation is amazing and never ceases to amaze me. I would say a word of caution regarding the statement at the end of the first paragraph regarding worshipping BOTH the creator and His creation. We are NOT to worship His creation! That is what gets every other religion into trouble. Read Romans 1:25:
    They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise!
    Enjoy His creation and marvel at His handiwork. But reserve worship for God alone.

  • Jessica C

    This psalm encouraged me to take the kids outside today to play for a while and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. I was in awe of the beauty in nature and in the laughter and joy in the kids. God is so good and I am so blessed!!!

  • Erica Askren

    God is the maker of all things big and small. This psalm was a beautiful reminder that His hands touch everything.

  • Shalon Dixon

    I have the study guide and I feel like I’m missing the mark in this cause I don t know the answer

    • Bunny Perry

      Me too!

    • Kimber Hatton

      I didn’t know how to answer the question either. Esp what request are made by God? Nonetheless I sat on it for a while and thought about why God created beautiful things and I think it just confirm and show how big he is and how He alone is God. He only “request” that we believe and know him in all his glory. AnywYs just give it time. My answer to “what instructions are given” is still blank lol

      • Shantel

        Me too! I’ve read the scripture a few times – it does require deep thought. Since I’ve read it over and over to find the answers, the word keeps opening up. I guess I will keep going. :)

  • V.34 “May my meditation be pleasing to Him.”

    Such a wonderful study today.

    Listen to His creations. Breathe His creations. Admire His creations. Love His creations.

  • Kelly Anne

    Good morning, lovely ladies in Christ! Stopping by to introduce myself. My name is Kelly Anne. I am back with the Lord after a major backslide. I am so blessed to have a mighty and forgiving God. I am enjoying reading these encouraging comments of love and praise. May you all have a blessed day

    • EarlyBird

      Welcome, friend! You will find many blessings within this community. Press in, and enjoy the journey!

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so grateful that you’re a part of our community Kelly! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Allyson Rivera

    ❤️

  • Thank you Sandra McCracken! This could have been a Psalm…! I love it!!! So beautifully written.

    • Heather N (MNmomma)

      Hi there beautiful lady! Praying all is well with you! <3

  • Natalie VanDusen

    I want to print this out and frame it. My heart is so moved and enamored by this devotion. This study is perhaps my favorite yet, and it’s only day 2! So very thankful to be a part of this community.

  • Kaylan M. Boyer

    I have always been such a, “stop and breathe in the air, look at the trees, pick a flower & appreciate it all” kind of person. It is also so amazing to me that the same God who made all of the beauty and wonders in the world also decided that the world needed me in it. I was a special creation to Him just like the trees and birds were. That just puts a smile on my face and in my heart!

  • Becca McCullough

    Beautiful. Praise Be to God.

  • Ivonne Mendoza

    What a beautiful reminder of how creative, wise, and good our God is to us❤️

  • I love the study on prayer and agree with everything the author had to say except for at the bottom of the first paragraph, “his soul is moved to worship both our Creator and His creation.”
    God is awesome and worthy of worship but He would have us worship Himself alone never creation or anything else but Him for He alone is worthy (Revelations 4:11).

    • Lizzieb85

      Thank you for mentioning this. That sentence made me pause & wrinkle my brow. God alone is worthy of worship.

      • truthseeker

        I thought the same. I choose to interpret it as “worship our Creator and be in awe of His creation”

    • Beth L.

      No, it actually says, “admire His creation.”

  • Maddie Bailey

    Another beautiful post! Thank you, Lord, for the reminder to praise your wonderful works. Bless this study for all who are reading. Amen.

  • Beth Starkey

    Is anyone else struck by the perfection of God’s timing? In both yesterday’s AND today’s reading it speaks of God giving them their food at the right time. (Psalm 104:27-28 and Psalm 145:15-16.) God’s timing is perfect! Right now, in my season of grief, I believe in this Truth! I wait for the LORD! “All of them wait for you to give them their food at the right time. When you give it to them, they gather it; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” (Ps. 104:27-28) It reminds me of God feeding His people while they were in the dessert, after escaping Egypt! Praise God for His provision! My soul, bless the LORD! And praise Him that He is LORD over heaven and earth! I will see my baby again. ❤️

  • Laural Armster

    I also am grateful for the singing of birds outside my window this morning. As I read, I remembered Fernando Ortega’s beautiful version of this psalm, Hymn to the Morning. And then I wondered what it’s like for kids in the inner cities of America, who maybe don’t get to hear birds singing in the morning. I live only twenty miles from Los Angeles, but it is still an hour drive to get there and feels like a whole other world. I am still thankful for what I have been given, but at the same time longing for the day when everyone will live free from systemic abuse. Come, Lord Jesus.

    • truthseeker

      Yes, I am a native Californian who grew up an hour north of LA and agree with you how different the places are. I also have had a heavy heart for the city kids who do not know much more about God’s wondrous creation other than the concrete and asphalt world that surrounds them. Yes and amen ! come Lord Jesus, come !

  • Gretchen Quinones

    I am sitting outside hearing the birds singing and a light breeze. I feel Gods presence the strongest when I am admiring all of the beautiful things he has created. This was a beautiful message. I feel eternally grateful for all you have created father God!

  • How can a person look at creation and the beauty of how everything in this world works so perfectly together and NOT believe that GOD exists!?! I feel God’s presence by the beauty he gives us in the sunsets, trees, and vastness of the oceans. He is a great and powerful God!

    • Kimber Hatton

      I completely agreeeee! How could they not! Makes me want to shake people. Lol

  • Amy Alexandra

    Prayer is the area I struggle with most in my Christian life. I find it hard to know what to say beyond the same worn-out phrases I’ve used far too often already. This psalm reminds me of one important fact about prayer: it’s not just about me talking to God. Prayer is also about aligning my thoughts and purposes and values with God’s. When I read, “May my meditation be pleasing to him” (Psalm 104:34), it reminds me that I can practice being in an attitude of prayer all day by consciously choosing to dwell only on things that please my Lord. Maybe praying without ceasing starts by choosing to center my thoughts on Christ; perhpaps prayer is the natural result of a mind and heart fully centered on Him!

    • Rhonda

      Thank you for this!

    • Melinda

      Amen! I believe when we acknowledge the beauty of creation and our hearts are full and overflowing with joy for any reason, that’s prayer! When our minds are focused on Him and we see His hand in all things, that’s prayer! When we focus less on the “right” words and more on His Word, that’s prayer;)

  • “All of them wait for you” verse 27. How this resonates with me. It is so beautifully illustrated in a mountain spring time. Spring is so slow to come here in the mountains. The trees and vegetation and animals all waiting for the days of sun to produce the food they need. Me too. I wait confidently for the sunny days of spring. God always sends them…it is His nature to meet all our needs. Even by giving us a winter. What would spring be with no winter. He is so good to me.

    • Beth Starkey

      This verse (and verses 15-16 in yesterday’s reading!) struck me too! It’s beautiful! God IS good! In all things.

    • Bessie

      I’m in the mountains, too, Heidi and you are right that spring is slow to come. It is lovely to watch it creep up the mountain a little further each day, knowing it will reach us soon. The majesty of mountains is a constant inspiration to me of God’s magnificent creation. I love to lift up my eyes to the hills and know that God is my help.

  • Carol Statella

    The supreme artist ~ love this!

  • Its been raining since yesterday morning. I usually dislike days like this, but Psalm 104 and this explanation has given me a new appreciation for this rain. The Lord is supplying the earth with what it needs. Which reveals to me his caring nature towards us. If it rains, the Lord knows better than I do that we needed it. Thank you Jesus for your faithful provision that I am not always grateful for but you never fail to give!

    • Sarah D.

      Yes amen!! It’s raining where I am too (and supposed to be all day today). But that is such an awesome way to look at the rain, that the Lord is providing the earth with what it needs. It may not be pretty or comfortable, but the Lord has a plan to grow and nourish us, in His timing. Wow. Definitely praying that I will remember that today and everyday. <3

      • Eddna

        Thank You!

        My Lord has a plan for me to grow under his timing. Have faith & be patient!

  • Katie Schmoker

    What a great Psalm! I have always felt connected to God when I’m outside… how great are His creations!

  • Loved this today, as the rain is falling, the birds are singing and the newly-budding trees are glowing in their new clothes. Made me think of Fernando Ortega’s “Creation Song”…I’m listening now and it’s adding another sweet dimension to the devo.

    • Lisa

      What a marvelous song! I have never heard that—-thanks so much for sharing ❤️

  • Davina Spencer

    Happy Tuesday! How beautiful and majestic our Lord is!

  • Cindy Hodges

    Beautiful way to start the day on an overcast rainy day. I am thankful for all of God’s creation! Have a wonderful day ladies!

  • Really thrilled to have Sandra McCracken participating in writing this series! Her new album is gorgeous!

  • Leah Moore

    Ohhh! What a wonderful God we serve! What a wonderful Christ we serve! What a wonderful Spirit we serve! Hallelujah! This has blessed my soul today – I am so grateful. He is all that I need. He is all that we need. If we trust in Him, if we follow Him, if we listen to Him, we cannot be moved! He runs the earth, mankind, the universe – no one else does. What couldn’t He do? Believe Him today, tomorrow, and forevermore!

  • YvonneBonnie Delgado

    I love these two verses and the contrast of how life is without the Lord and how our countenance is renewed dust in Him for all to see His glory!

    When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭104:29-30‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  • Savannah Kelley

    My little family and I are in a time of a lot of transition – truly starting a new chapter. I’m hoping now that instead of drowning in all the change and worry I will look to God and talk to him. Reading and praying these psalms and hearing the birds chirping this morning is giving me the peace I’ve needed

    • Amy E.

      Savannah, I too am beginning a new chapter as my husband and I are relocating to his new naval duty station. It’s so easy to feel fear and uncertainty about what lies ahead, but I will pray that we both feel a real sense of His peace and provision in the transition.

    • Virginia Fontanella

      I can relate to the “drowning” feeling. But expressing gratitude for everything God has done for me, and how he has provided for me, helps me to trust that God’s plan for me is precious and he is trustworthy. Listening to the morning doves coo this morning affirmed that God is near…always. ❤️

  • Kristi L

    I couldn’t help but notice how God is the subject of many of these verses – “He makes…”, “He sets…”, etc. This Psalm is such a great reminder of God’s power, wisdom, and provision. He is in control, not me. I often want to make Christianity all about me, but it’s not. The creation reflects the glory of God our Creator. I am part of His creation, so I am also created to bring Him glory (not myself!). Praying that I will be mindful of this today and that His light will shine through me.

  • Churchmouse

    Psalm 104:13b: “The earth is satisfied with the fruit of your labor.” God the Creator provides all the earth needs and it is satisfied. Jesus my Savior provided the Cross, the fruit of His labor. May I be fully satisfied in it. May I rest in it. May I be at peace. May I say what He has given, what He has done is always enough. I’m walking on sunshine at the thought! It’s a great day, come what may.

  • Esther Leonard

    Here in Michigan it is finally warm enough to have the windows open. I can hear the birds singing – what a lovely backdrop for this Psalm! #ItsTheLittleThings ❤️

    • Libby Kosciuszko

      Esther, I’m from Michigan too! There is definitely something about finally being able to open the windows that gives a sense of renewal and brings me to worship! Enjoy the weather getting warmer!

    • Karyssa Schrouder

      Amen Michigander sisters! ❤️

    • Lori Wilson

      Amen to open windows and singing birds ,Michigan sisters. What a blessing this morning❤️
      #itsthelittlethings

  • Alicia Hosan

    I sat by my window this morning doing this study and can hear the birds chirping outside and from this spot, have a view of the sunrise each morning. Hearing and seeing this as I read about God being in and over all creation made this Psalm much more impactful today.
    Verses 33-34 “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” Praying that this becomes how I live my days, meditating on what pleases Him and singing praises to Him for as long as I live.

  • Shannon Oros

    What a breath of fresh air and sip of living water the Psalms are for the soul! This was simply beautiful. ❤

  • New girl

    This study came at the right point in my journey. I’ve always struggled with prayer. I feel like I missed the important day when everyone else learned to pray. This study is helping to figure it all out.

  • Rochelle Walker

    Amen! I have always felt close to God when outside, hiking the woods, or strolling the beach, or relaxing beneath the shade of a tree. God is so lavishly good. He provides so abundantly, everything He has created.

  • Kristine Loughman

    I once read a book by Anne Lamott that talked about how we basically have three prayers: Help, Thanks, and Wow. The Help comes naturally, and hopefully the Thanks follows on its heels. But it’s the Wow, the worship and marvel and just resting in God’s glory, that for me seems to fall to the wayside most often. Prayers of Help and of Thanks are still me-centered. I need help doing this, thanks for making this work out for me. But prayers of Wow are just about God with no other agenda. This psalm was a great reminder of the Wow.

  • Lauren Elizabeth

    “[Creation] all look to you, to give them their food in due season.” (104:27)
    I picked up on this language in the psalms yesterday and today. May I focus on seeing God’s glory in the here-and-now, knowing that God has provided what I need for today and that He will provide what I need for the future, what that time comes.

    • Chris Gruhlke

      Thanks for your insight, Lauren. Just what I needed to hear!

    • Alicia Hosan

      I need this reminder daily! It’s so easy for me to focus on what He hasn’t given me. But shifting my perspective to remember that He knows what’s best and gives me exactly what I need when I need it. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Terrisa Stewart

    I am grateful to be starting this study. Now is a time for me to truly rest in God’s mercy and praise Him for what is to come of the unknown for me this year.

    • Alicia Hosan

      I love how you said that: “praise Hum for what is to come of the unknown”. Choosing to praise even though you don’t know what’s coming. That’s the attitude I need to be having where I’m at in life. Thank you for sharing that, I needed to have that reminder today!

    • Jessica McCreary

      Terrisa I love the thought of praising Him for the unknown!! ❤️

  • Amen!

  • “And as You speak
    A hundred billion galaxies are born
    In the vapor of Your breath the planets form
    If the stars were made to worship so will I
    I can see Your heart in everything You’ve made
    Every burning star
    A signal fire of grace
    If creation sings Your praises so will I..”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IuedrKMVbFk

  • Karen Keesing

    This is one of my favorite Psalms that I read. Thank you for sharing!

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