February 5, 2019

Kindergarten through third grade I spent living in Long Island, New York. Dad was pastoring a church there for the Lutheran Brethren. In the backyard of our home was this huge sandbox that dad had made for me. I would spend hours in that sandbox making roads with my toy grader. Putting water in where I wanted a lake. I had a toy house, barn and farm animals. I would make a road to the house and barn. The cows were put inside an area next to the barn that I had made with my toy fencing. The horses were out in the pasture that I made with grass that I pulled from our lawn. Chickens were put in the sand farm yard. I put up twigs to represent trees. What ever I could imagine I tried to build. Hours and hours of fun were had in that sandbox. It was quite a creation that I had going and I took great pleasure in all of it. But try as I might I couldn’t bring my creation to life.

Psalm 104 reminded me of my sandbox. The earth is God’s sandbox and he let his imagination run wild and we are living in that creation today! We are alive and we are living in an alive world. Our God is a God of life! What a wonderful creative God we have. At six years old I dwarfed all I had made in my sandbox. Imagine how big our God is. He dwarfs the world!(see Isaiah 40:15) Listen to how Psalm 104 ends:

Psalm 104:31–35 (NLT) — 31 May the glory of the Lord continue forever! The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made! 32 The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch. 33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! 34 May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. 35 Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth; let the wicked disappear forever. Let all that I am praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

I like the part where it says that the Lord takes pleasure in all the has made! That ‘all’ includes me and you. Just like I took pleasure when I looked to see what I had done in my sandbox God takes pleasure in us. When we really, really believe that he takes pleasure in us, we will then take pleasure in Him. We will guard the thoughts that we entertain because we will want what goes on in our minds to please the Lord. I also believe that we will say like the psalmist, “Let all that I am praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” And I believe we will praise the Lord to our last breath:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!