A wonderful psalm about the Creator’s involvement in His beloved Creation. I love it!
God is Creator. Nowadays, one is mocked if one believes that God created and ordered the universe and the earth. Those of us who believe this are considered simplistic.
The implication is often that those with simple faith are behind the times -- as if religious truth changes with the time-- and uneducated or at least not cultured. True simple faith is never simple. It is hard-earned because the world is full of lies, false truths, false evidences, wrong foundations, and seemingly logical assumptions that one must wade through. The Bible says the world cannot receive truth, and that is very true. Humans are prone to willful self-deceptions and convenient delusions, and faulty reasoning based on education, ignorance, culture, and love of sin. Often, sudden enlightenment comes when the Holy Spirit, the spirit of truth, sheds light on some supposed truth we have long been convinced of. It is a paradoxical truth that people with simple faith can be quite cynical.
The Bible describes two kinds of simplicity. One kind which comes from being wrongly educated or miseducated by the world. A spiritually-slothful person is simple, for instance because they simply lazily breathe in what the world says. For instance, there are people who hate God, Jesus, and the Bible who have never studied Christianity. It’s just a kind of kneejerk dislike they picked up from the media or society.
Or think of Christian believers who never learned to use their minds to study the Bible? This kind of simplicity, the Bible says, can be cured. But it is cured by the word of God; faith comes by hearing the word of God.
Then there is a different kind of simplicity which means purity, straight, untainted. This is a simpleness that has no double-mindedness, that understands how the world can taint a believer but which has managed to remain uninfluenced by the world. This is a simplicity that holds to God’s truth come what may. In a world of deception, many people can end up having a muddied or buffet religion.
Various verses in the Bible show the different kinds of simplicity
“For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” —Proverbs 1:31-33
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” —Psalm 119:130
“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” —Psalm 19:6-8
“How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” —Proverbs 1:21-23
“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” —Romans 16:17-19
“A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” —Proverbs 27:11-13
“For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” — Romans 16:18-20
“Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright (or simple); but they have sought out many inventions.” —Ecclesiastes 7:28-29
“Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” — Romans 12:7-9
“For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.” —2 Corinthians 1:11-13
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” —2 Corinthians 11:2-4
1Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
3Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
5Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
6Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
7At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
8They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
9Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
10He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
14He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
16The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
19He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
20Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
21The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
22The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
23Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
24O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
31The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
32He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
33I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
35Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.