An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, September 18, 2023

More than Having Your Back

(Psa 104:29 KJV)  Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
(Psa 104:30 KJV)  Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

(Proverbs 18 also read)

If I had to label this chapter I would call it an Ode to Creation.  It is full of poetic images as well as simple facts.  When we get to verses 29 and 30 we are reminded of God’s continued involvement in all of creation.  We see God taking “their” “spirit” (7307) and as it leaves they die.  “Spirit” here is [ruach] which literally means breath.  In the next verse it is given, producing life.

I put “their” in quotation marks because we need to pause and ask who “they” are.  As I look at the context it seems to me that this is referring to all animal life.  This tells us that God is intimately involved with His creation.  

How much more He is involved with us.  He breathed into us when we were conceived.  He will withdraw that breath when it is time to die.  Only the everlasting God of the Bible could be this involved on a moment by moment basis.  I don’t see Zeus or the local tree god having this capacity.

So?  We serve He who is everlasting to everlasting and every moment in between.  He is the great I Am.  Rejoice as your day progresses.  He not only has your back, He has your breath.

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