After reading Psalm 104 this morning in our daily office readings from the Episcopal church, I began to think of the verse from Ecclesiastes 3:11B He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Psalm 104 tells us what God has done in the creation of this planet, our temporal dwelling. Not only has He created all that it is, but all that we are. We are eternal beings and God has planted the knowledge of Him in our hearts and minds. In our rebellion we may deny it, but none the less it is there. In Romans 1:19 … since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…
We have what is called the “ought” , which philosopher David Hume discusses in the 1700’s. Without the “ought to” or “is”, morality would not have reason. Every society on the planet has an “ought” system. God built it into us. The systems generally line up pretty well with “SURPRISE!”, the 10 commandments; at least the ones concerning how to behave toward your fellow man; honor your parents, don’t murder, don’t steal, commit adultery, don’t bear false witness, you get the picture.
When I finished reading Psalm 104 out loud this morning, I looked at Rick and said, “DUH!” How did I miss this chapter before? I didn’t, it is the Water of the Word and it poured itself into my brain and more importantly my spirit. Thank you Lord for continuing to speak and helping me to “LISTEN”.