Praise: Part 3

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For Praise: Part 2 click here

This is the final part of the meditation on Psalm 104 as it pertains to a holiday I shared with my husband in the Cape in South Africa. The Psalm itself is in bold italics in brackets. The meditation is in plain text.

(God’s trees are well watered – the Lebanon cedars He planted.)

The Cedarberg mountains were full of cedars once – but man over-utilised them and very few are left. Now they are trying to replant and restore the forests. The mountains are very beautiful.

(Mountain goats climb about the cliffs;)

We saw three klipspringers in the Augrabies Park, standing on a rocky outcrop, silhouetted against the setting sun. Perfect in their compatibility with their surroundings, able to move effortlessly in seemingly impossible terrain.

(The moon keeps track of the season, the sun is in charge of each day.)

We named this moon for our son as he would be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by its light. It was perfectly round one night at Storms River and the surf was magical in its beauty.

(When the sun comes up … men and women go out to work, busy at their jobs until evening.)

I watched the golden blush of sunrise over Mossel Bay from our room one morning. Sharing it with seagulls and cormorants and the fishing smacks that were going out for the day. I thought of you, Lord, as I drank in the beauty and the peace of the scene.

(What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all with wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. Oh, look – the deep wide sea, brimming with fish past counting, sardines and sharks and salmon.)

We had meals of fresh sardines caught that morning, crayfish, cabeljous and calamari, while we were watching the sea in all its moods.

(Ships plough those waters and Leviathan, your pet dragon, romps in them.)

Right around the coast, from Rocher Pan in the west to Storms River in the east, we saw whales off the shore. We watched dolphins and seals playing joyfully in the waves and we rejoiced at the sight of the penguins.

(All creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time. You come and they gather around; you open your hand and they eat from it.)

When we threw bread into the air we were instantly surrounded by seagulls, and if we were at a campsite we had great varieties of small birds around us in seconds.

(Send out your Spirit and they spring to life – the whole countryside in bloom and blossom.)

There were fields of flowers – gold and orange, purple, pink and white, yellow and cream, pale blue and lavender. Miles and miles – sheets of glory, minute miracles of creation. Each one perfect – spreading their petals in the warmth of the sun and in worship of their God.

(The glory of God – let it last forever! Let God enjoy his creation! … Oh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live! Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God.)

I closed the Bible with a sigh – this time of contentment. God had even given me the means to praise Him – in a psalm written thousands of years ago, especially for this day, for this moment. No more needed to be said.

It was a special time and the Psalm helps me to remember it, every time I read it. Where is creation special for you today?

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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