You take care of the earth and send rain to help the soil grow all kinds of crops. Your rivers never run dry, and you prepare the earth to produce much grain. You water all of its fields and level the lumpy ground. You send showers of rain to soften the soil and help the plants sprout. Wherever your footsteps touch the earth, a rich harvest is gathered. Desert pastures blossom, and mountains celebrate. Meadows are filled with sheep and goats; valleys overflow with grain and echo with joyful songs.
The beautiful imagery conveyed in this Psalm reminds us that this is a God-inhabited world. The Psalmist delights in God the Creator who provides crops, soil, rain, mountains and meadows. The world is a place that reveals the wonder and majesty of God. In our everyday lives – whether in rural or urban settings, we can live with a continual openness and awareness of God’s presence and majesty.
Stop several times throughout this day to pay attention to God and practice being in his presence. If it helps, set an alarm to help you do this. Read some Scripture, whisper the Lord’s Prayer or just be with Jesus. What was this experience like for you?
‘We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.’ (C.S. Lewis)
‘I make it my business to rest in Christ’s holy presence which I keep myself in by a habitual, silent and secret conversation with God. This often causes in me great joys and raptures inwardly, and sometimes so outwardly, so great that I am forced to use means to moderate them, and prevent their appearance to others.’ (Brother Lawrence)