You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they steal away
and lie down in their dens.
Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until the evening. Psalm 104:14-23 ESV
And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. Genesis 1:11-19 ESV
Do you like grapes? Many people do, and in fact grapes are one of the most popular fruits in the world. Grapes grow on vines that can be up to 50 feet long, and each grapevine produces about 40 clusters of grapes. Tendrils grow from grapevines, and these tendrils coil themselves around whatever structures are by them and in that way the make structures support the vine. A grapevine is a perennial plant that can survive for centuries. Grapes come in several colors, including yellow, green, red, and dark purple. Most grapes are made into wine, but some are eaten as fresh fruit and a few are dried into raisins. Grapes have a lot of vitamins and minerals and are very good for your health. Grapes also contain oils that are used for skin care and cosmetics. God made grapes to bless people with all the good things they give.
Psalm 104 continues to talk about God’s wonderful creation. It talks about all the plants God created, and how they benefit people and animals. Then it talks about the sun and the moon, and how they rule the day and the night. God gives day and night for people and animals to work and to rest at the time that he planned for them to. When Psalm 104 talks about plants and about the sun and the moon, it says that God made these things for animals and people. All the wonderful plant life in the world, the bright and powerful sun, and the beautiful shining moon are God’s gifts to us and to the animals.
God made this wonderful world for us because he loves us. When our sin caused death and disease and pain, God didn’t stop loving us. He sent Jesus, our Savior, into the world to bring us back to him. Because of Jesus, our sins are forgiven, and someday God will make everything new good in a wonderful new world that will last forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the wonderful things you made for us. Help us to care for your creation as we look forward to your new creation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.