All Creatures of Our God and King (Psalm 104:24) - Radical

All Creatures of Our God and King (Psalm 104:24)

“Oh Lord, how manifold are your works. In wisdom have you made them all. The Earth is full of your creatures.”
(Psalm 104:24)

What a great psalm. What a great prayer, like the psalm is just looking around him in the world seeing all kinds of creatures and it’s just leading him to worship. I see your works and your wisdom in all these different ways. Even things I don’t understand. There are a variety of things when you look at animals, creatures in the world, you’re like, “I don’t get that.” Like termites, why termites? What is the point? But we trust God. In wisdom have you made them all. And the earth is full of your creatures. They are your creatures and they lead us to worship. You just think. Look around you in the world at all kinds of creatures.

The vastness of God’s creative power should compel us to worship Him.

So obviously people, men and women made in God’s image uniquely, especially made in his image. And when we see God’s grace and how he’s wonderfully made all kinds of different people. People different from us. It should lead us to give God glory and wisdom. You have made people and then in a very different way, so not in his image in the same way. But animals, insects, fish, birds. God has made them all and they lead us to worship.

So just think, I mean, how often do you pray like this? You just look at creatures around you and just praise God. Let’s do that right now. Let’s pray. Psalm 104 verse 24.

Oh God, we think about people that we are around today, will be around tomorrow. Every single face we see, voice we hear, a person made in your image. Wonderfully made by you. God, help us to see the world this way. Help us to see people in the world this way. With love for every single one of them made in your image and with worship before you. For your grace in them.

And then God, we think about your glory in so many different creatures. And we just want to praise you for them. We praise you for rabbits. We praise you for lions. We praise you for cheetahs and tigers. We praise you for falcons, eagles. Oh what mastery, the way you have created them. We praise you for whales and dolphins. We praise you for starfish. We praise you for all of the animals you’ve created. Hippopotamuses, giraffes, for dogs, for cats, for ants, for termites, for these insects that we don’t always understand. And honestly, God, we get frustrated with sometimes. But we trust your wisdom. We trust that you have made them all. So help us to look at the world and this way to see creatures all around us.

When we see a deer, when we see a bird, when we see a fish, when we see any kind of animal and then all the more so when we see every type of person made in your image. Help us to just worship you, to praise you because you have made all of these things for your glory. They are your creatures. And we look forward to the day when this world will not have any sin, curse anymore, where there’ll be a new heaven and a new Earth. And we will enjoy all of creation the way we were designed to enjoy all of creation in perfect harmony with you.

So bring that about we pray. But even until you do, we will praise you. We will praise you for all of your creatures. And we will say with the Psalmist in wisdom have you made them all. And we worship you as the creator. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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