Day 2

A Prayer Celebrating God’s Creation

from the Psalms for Prayer reading plan

Psalm 104:1-35

BY Guest Writer

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).


Sandra McCracken is a singer, songwriter, and producer from Nashville, TN. Over the course of ten critically acclaimed studio albums, Sandra has developed a body of work that encompasses hook-driven melodic pop, No Depression-style Americana, contemporary recastings of classic hymns, and even children’s music as part of the Nashville alt-folk super-group Rain For Roots. Her newest album, Songs from the Valley, was released this spring.

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169 thoughts on "A Prayer Celebrating God’s Creation"

  1. Rachel James says:

    This chapter calls to mind that song “ if creation sings your praises, so will I”
    The chapter is such a specific and practical observation of the splendor of God in the world around us. Beautiful

    1. Lacey Gomez says:

      I agree! I kept hearing that song as I was reading. Beautiful chapter of God’s goodness.

  2. Kathy says:

    “How cool is it that the same God that created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.”
    For me, this verse is a wonderful reminder that God created each and everything with a purpose and a detailed plan. Nothing he created was on whim or on accident. Likewise, everything that we do, everything that we are, has all been planned out by Him. I can find peace in that.

  3. Kim Anstaett says:

    Wow, Psalm 104 paints a beautiful and specific picture of HIS provision, majesty and wisdom in each detail. I absolutely loved the part where it says “plants for man to cultivate” “oil to make his face shine ” I have stepped into a new season, been researching oils, herbs and plants more as well as the seasons they each thrive in and their medicinal benefits. HE is in every detail! ❤️

    1. Whitney DrewRenner says:

      I am in the same place you are! That was the same passage I was drawn to! He provided everything we need we have just lost sight of it.

  4. Keri Bruce says:

    A beautiful picture was painted in my mind as a read.

  5. Margaret Burkholder says:

    I agree we have to escape our cities to see God’s splendor. If all we see is man-made, we loose our sense of awe. Nothing man has ever created can measure up to what God has made.

    I am glad you and your husband became closer to each other and God after the tragedy of losing your son.

  6. Margaret Burkholder says:

    This week we had snow in Southern Arizona- the first in many years. For just a day all was frosted white. The next day I awoke to birdsong. What a glorious example of God’s beauty.

    I was struck by the idea that we are his image bearers. If the world is so amazing, how much more are we?

  7. Laura Cartwright says:

    Have your life experiences ever had you in a place where you could not see the goodness of God’s purpose? After the death of our son Sam we felt hopeless, looking for reasons and purpose. We knew God was there, loved us and was sovereign but through our deep grief could not begin to find places to identify His goodness and love. A wise mentor took us to this Psalm and read it with us. Challenging us to lose ourselves in looking at His creation since we both had a firm belief that God is our Creator. Thus began our 20 years( and counting) love affair with the outdoors and various forms of camping. Some adventures more successful than others. Returning to His creation causes us to pause for how can we not see that He is full of power and wonder and majesty and love. For he created this world just so He could have a relationship with me.

    1. Laura Cruz says:

      What a beautiful testimony to go along with this devotional. Thank you for sharing, Laura!

    2. Amber Miller says:

      Thank you for sharing your testimony. What a beautiful reminder.

    3. Suratu Iginla says:

      Thank you for sharing this Laura. I lost my mother and have been struggling to find the beauty and joy in almost anything. Much like you I’ve searched for purpose and reasoning but have been left wanting to know that God is with me and for me. Thank you for this reminder that He is everywhere and anywhere in all of his creations. My mother enjoyed traveling very much and I have been been reminded to use that as not only a way to remember her but to remember all of God’s wonderful works. He’s created beautiful and astounding places for me to find joy and have experiences through my relationship with him via his creations.

  8. Emily Severns says:

    Enjoy this read!

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