October 22, 2018 – Psalm 104:16-17

The trees of the Lord are well cared for—the cedars of Lebanon that He planted. There the birds make their nests, and the storks make their homes in the cypresses. Psalm 104:16-17.

A single tree carries a story of the purposes of God, the Creator. Ecclesiastes 3:11 – Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

We groan trying to take away the fallen leaves in its season. We rejoice during the hottest summer day in the shade of the same leaves that fell.  We watch, entranced by the squirrels and the birds that inhabit a tree, not realizing we are seeing God’s purposes for the tree.  When God created trees and planted them over all the earth, He knew the purposes of the tree.  One Day His Son would hang, crucified, on a cross made of His creation, as a sacrifice for the sins we commit in a life time.

A tree signifies God’s Love to us, as it ‘lifts its leafy arms to pray’ to its Creator.    A tree teaches us — to delight in the Lord and His Love for us.  A tree without leaves survives the winter to spring forth new leaves.  Even as we go through a period of sadness and spring forth with new life. Psalm 1:2-3 – But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

O Lord, what a variety of things You have made! In wisdom, You have made them all. The earth is full of Your creatures.  Psalm 104:24.