God Rules the Whole Earth

The LORD Takes Care of His Creation        The LORD Gives Strength

Who Compares with God?

Did any of you measure the ocean by yourself or stretch out the sky with your own hands?     Did you put the soil of the earth in a bucket or weigh the hills and mountains on balance scales?     Has anyone told the LORD what he must do or given him advice?         Did the LORD ask anyone to teach him wisdom and justice?         Who gave him knowledge and understanding?        To the LORD, all nations are merely a drop in a bucket or dust on balance scales; all of the islands are but a handful of sand.     The cattle on Lebanon's mountains would not be enough to offer as a sacrifice to God, and the trees would not be enough for the fire.     God thinks of the nations as far less than nothing.     Who compares with God?     Is anything like him?     Is an idol at all like God?     It is made of bronze with a thin layer of gold, and decorated with silver.    Or special wood may be chosen because it doesn't rot-- then skilled hands take care to make an idol that won't fall on its face. Isa 40:12-20 CEV

God Rules the Whole Earth

Don't you know? Haven't you heard? Isn't it clear that God created the world? God is the one who rules the whole earth, and we that live here are merely insects.   He spread out the heavens like a curtain or an open tent. God brings down rulers and turns them into nothing.  They are like flowers freshly sprung up and starting to grow.  But when God blows on them, they wilt and are carried off like straw in a storm.  The holy God asks, "Who compares with me? Is anyone my equal?" Look at the evening sky! Who created the stars? Who gave them each a name? Who leads them like an army? The LORD is so powerful that none of the stars are ever missing. Isa 40:21-26 CEV

The LORD Takes Care of His Creation

I praise you, LORD God, with all my heart.     You are glorious and majestic,
dressed in royal robes and surrounded by light.     You spread out the sky like a tent, and you built your home over the mighty ocean.     The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings.     The winds are your messengers, and flames of fire are your servants.     You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken.     You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains.    Then your voice thundered!     And the water flowed down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared. Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again. You provide streams of water in the hills and valleys, so that the donkeys and other wild animals can satisfy their thirst.         Birds build their nests nearby and sing in the trees.     From your home above you send rain on the hills and water the earth. You let the earth produce grass for cattle, plants for our food, wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health.     Our LORD, your trees always have water, and so do the cedars you planted in Lebanon.     Birds nest in those trees, and storks make their home in the fir trees.     Wild goats find a home in the tall mountains, and small animals can hide between the rocks.     You created the moon to tell us the seasons.     The sun knows when to set, and you made the darkness, so the animals in the forest could come out at night.     Lions roar as they hunt for the food you provide.     But when morning comes, they return to their dens, then we go out to work until the end of day.     Our LORD, by your wisdom you made so many things; the whole earth is covered with your living creatures.     But what about the ocean so big and wide?     It is alive with creatures, large and small.     And there are the ships, as well as Leviathan, the monster you created to splash in the sea.     All of these depend on you to provide them with food, and you feed each one with your own hand, until they are full.     But when you turn away, they are terrified; when you end their life, they die and rot.     You created all of them by your Spirit, and you give new life to the earth.     Our LORD, we pray that your glory will last forever and that you will be pleased with what you have done.     You look at the earth, and it trembles. You touch the mountains, and smoke goes up.     As long as I live, I will sing and praise you, the LORD God.    I hope my thoughts will please you, because you are the One who makes me glad.     Destroy all wicked sinners from the earth once and for all. With all my heart I praise you, LORD! I praise you!     Psalm 104 CEV

The LORD Gives Strength

You people of Israel, say, "God pays no attention to us! He doesn't care if we
are treated unjustly."     But how can you say that?     Don't you know?     Haven't you heard?     The LORD is the eternal God, Creator of the earth.     He never gets weary or tired; His wisdom cannot be measured. The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.     Even young people get tired, then stumble and fall.     But those who trust the LORD will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired. Isaiah 40:27-31 CEV     


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