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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

“I Will Build My Church”

Ps. 104:14-35

This Sunday, as we have noted, is the Day of Pentecost.  It is the birthday of the church.  The church is finally created when the Holy Spirit comes upon the early believers and they begin to speak in tongues.  Yet all of life comes from the Spirit.  This psalm attests to the power of God’s Spirit.  This is an echo of the opening chapter of Genesis where, in the midst of watery chaos, “a wind from God’ swept over the darkness and the deep. God then through his Word calls light into being.

In Hebrew the same word is used for “wind,” “breath’ and “spirit.”  God has made everything through his Spirit at the command of the Father under the authority of the Son.  Echoes of the Trinity abound in this text (Trinity Sunday follows Pentecost Sunday).  By means of God’s “breath” or “Spirit” everything comes to life at the same time that creation is in the hands of the living Word, Jesus Christ (John 1:3; Col. 1:16).

Everything in creation testifies to God’s abundant Spirit.  Grass, plants and food comes from him.  God makes wine to gladden the human heart.  The trees, the mountains, the birds, all the animals, the sun and the moon, even darkness and light themselves, are the works of God’s creative hand.   God has even made the mythical Leviathan, the feared sea serpent of ancient people.  It is no threat to God.  To him it is a plaything.

When we look at the wonder of God’s creation we can only sing his praises.  The darkness is real in its thunder, lightning, hurricanes and earthquakes.  Yet we are never overwhelmed by the darkness and the chaos.  God always renews his creation.  One day we will have a new creation.  At that time there will be no more pain, suffering or death (Rev. 21:1-4).  As we await that day we should rejoice in each new day that God’s Spirit gives us.

Eternal and loving God and Savior.  May I never take your creation for granted.  I thank you for life in the Spirit, life today and throughout eternity.  I praise you for this in Jesus’ name, Amen.