Bible Society of South Africa

How to Live – Day 14

Praise for a New Season.

Bible text(s)

A Time for Everything

1Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.

Ecclesiastes 3:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

11He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.

Ecclesiastes 3:11GNBOpen in Bible reader

10in order that at the present time, by means of the church, the angelic rulers and powers in the heavenly world might learn of his wisdom in all its different forms.

Ephesians 3:10GNBOpen in Bible reader

God's Glory in Creation

1How clearly the sky reveals God's glory!

How plainly it shows what he has done!


Psalms 19:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

4yet their message goes out to all the world

and is heard to the ends of the earth.

God made a home in the sky for the sun;

5it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom,

like an athlete eager to run a race.

6It starts at one end of the sky

and goes across to the other.

Nothing can hide from its heat.

Psalms 19:4-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

In Praise of the Creator

1Praise the LORD, my soul!

O LORD, my God, how great you are!

You are clothed with majesty and glory;

Psalms 104:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

10You make springs flow in the valleys,

and rivers run between the hills.

11They provide water for the wild animals;

there the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

Psalms 104:10-11GNBOpen in Bible reader

14You make grass grow for the cattle

and plants for human beings to use,

so that they can grow their crops

Psalms 104:14GNBOpen in Bible reader

19You created the moon to mark the months;

the sun knows the time to set.

Psalms 104:19GNBOpen in Bible reader

24LORD, you have made so many things!

How wisely you made them all!

The earth is filled with your creatures.

Psalms 104:24GNBOpen in Bible reader

The season herald’s new life. Green, white and pink buds leisurely crown bare winter trees until one day, like barefoot brides on the breeze of the wind, they shamelessly vaunt their new array of leaves and blossoms. The air suddenly smells different is bluer and purer. It is the month of October.

October month, is the fairest, fairest month!

In our jam-packed life it is sometimes necessary to be intentionally appreciative of the creation surrounding us. Nature is, after all, the one indisputable reality that draws attention to the “manifold wisdom of God” (Ephesians 3:10).

David perceived that and therefore sang about God’s self-revelation in nature: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other…” (Psalm 19:1,4-6).

At the sight of the grandeur of nature and the creation, one is left speechless in amazement. One becomes painfully aware of one’s own insignificance and mortality, and one knows God is the Creator and Provider of all … and also of you! Then you will want to join the Psalmist in singing the song of creation (Psalm 104:1,10-11,14,19,24)

“Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains.

They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate – bringing forth food from the earth:

He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.

How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.”

If today you are wondering whether a new season will ever dawn in your life, you need only to look at God’s involvement in his creation to know for certain ‑ you are the crown of his creation and just a little lower than the heavenly beings. Therefore, your new day and flowering season will break through.

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