April 20, 2013

The Stream of God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:24 pm by sranderson0103

“You visit the earth and cause it to overflow;

             You greatly enrich it;

             The stream of God is full of water;

             You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare the earth.

You water its furrows abundantly,

             You settle its ridges,

You soften it with showers,

You bless its growth. (Psalm 65:9-10).

The inexhaustible “stream of God,” watering the whole earth, is nothing less than the refreshing rains coming down from the heavens, “visiting” the earth on its amazing journey to the oceans, whence it flows back up to the skies again. This river incorporates all the rivers of earth, yet it is like no other river, for once it reaches the ocean, it rises into the heavens, there to flow back over the thirsty ground and finally descend once more on its endless journey.

What a wonderful provision is this river of God! Without it, all life on earth would soon die. I am blessed to be able to stand on my back porch and be reminded that in Arkansas, we have plenty. Lately, we have been getting plenty more. Here, we tend to take it for granted. We have droughts, which do incredible damage, but we see this as exceptional.

We have a difficult time comprehending the role that water plays in volatile Middle Eastern politics. Millions have died in wars fought where water was a major issue. Archeology demonstrates that they have had plenty in the distant past, but they rebelled against God and God turned their water off, just as His prophets decreed. 

Regarding Babylon (modern Iraq), Jeremiah declared…

“Because of the indignation of the LORD she will not be inhabited, But she will be completely desolate; Everyone who passes by Babylon will be horrified…(50:13).

Regarding Egypt, Ezekiel declared…

 “So I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of desolated lands,” (29:12).

Regarding Edom (modern Jordan), Joel declared…

“… And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood,” (3:19).

Regarding Israel, Ezekiel declared…

“So throughout all their [Israel’s] habitations I will stretch out My hand against them and make the land more desolate and waste than the wilderness toward Diblah; thus they will know that I am the LORD.” (6:14).

“Thus I will make the land desolate, because they [Jerusalem] have acted unfaithfully,’ declares the Lord GOD” (15:8).

The people of these countries know about the devastating effect of a lack of water and, probably, more than ourselves, appreciate is value. Far more valuable than gold, it continually “enriches” the earth on its regular visitations… “To satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the seeds of grass to sprout? (Job 38:27.)

The Psalmist reminds us that it is by means of this gracious gift that “You prepare the earth.”  How does God do this? “You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers…” (Psalm 65:10). By this means God “prepares grain” to feed man and beast. The word “grain” (mistranslated translated “corn” in the KJV) in this and other passages refers generically to any of the cereal grains that provide the basic foodstuffs for people and animals all over the world. This is the process implied in the picture of God’s action in the very beginning.

“Then God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food’; and it was so.” (Genesis 1:29-30)

These provisions come from God’s wonderful life-giving river.

“He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth,” (Psalm 104:13-14)

These passages remind us that Jesus is not only our Creator, but is also our daily sustainer.

“…all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

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