“When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.” vs. 34
The psalmist believed that all living creatures were a part of a constantly changing, always evolving circle of life. Creation wasn’t a once-for-all time event. Rather it occurred on a daily basis as the spirit of God breathed life into what had died and renewed the face of the earth. Death and the return to dust is never God’s last word. Always new life awaits! The psalmist saw that as he breathed in the wonders of the natural world. The followers of Jesus experienced it in his resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. And now we see it too! The rhythm of life continues in the seasonal cycles of plants and animals–the winter of death is rapidly replaced by the new growth of spring. We see it as we move from our youth to old age, one stage of life moving inexorably into the next. And when death draws near, whether drawn out or a complete surprise, we know in our hearts that this can’t be the end. There’s always something more–life cannot be obliterated. The Spirit is still blowing through the universe, and there will be re-creation and renewal. And it’s not so much a matter of faith as it is of observation. The green shoot always rises–the face of the ground is renewed.
Thought for the Day: Is resurrection just for humans or for all living creatures?