How many are your works, Lord ! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord . But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the Lord , my soul. Praise the Lord . – Psalm 104:24-35
There seems to be a food theme going with yesterday’s post and the passage for today. The passage begins with a harkening back the very beginning of my walk with water where God lets the sea teem with creatures (Genesis 1:20-22). The ships go to and fro on the sea where Leviathan frolics. Based previous description of Leviathan I am not sure that I would describe it as “frolicing” but that is what it says.
The creates, us included, look to God to provide food at the proper time. This is an interesting way to state this. We are not promised food in abundance or all the food we want we are simply promised food at the proper time. What is the proper time for food? I suppose it is when we need it rather than just want it. There are times when eating food is comforting. For some reason food can take on emotional meaning beyond mere caloric intake. Eating disorders can arise when something goes wrong with our bodies, and perhaps our emotions, related to how we take food to sustain our bodies.
The take home message is that God is bigger than what we eat or when we eat. God does provide food when we need it — both spiritual food to feed our souls and physical food the feed our bodies. Just as our physical bodies can succumb to eating disorders we can also succumb to soul disorders when we do not allow God to feed our souls the soul food they need at the “proper time”.
Prayer: God help us to know when and what to feed our souls.