Psalm 136:3-4 and 25 say,
3-4: Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever;
25: Who gives food to all flesh, For His mercy endures forever.
So often I am guilty of simply failing to worship the Sovereign God of the Universe as I should. These verses remind us that giving thanks to the Lord of lords should be a daily thing. There is much to be thankful for! Worship him because his mercy endures forever! Worship him because he alone does great wonders! Worship him because he gives food to all flesh! Huh?
Yes, that’s exactly what the Psalmist meant. Worship Sovereign God because he gives us food to eat. Yet even deeper than that, worship Sovereign God because he sustains all flesh today. From the mightiest to the meekest of creatures! No lion can prey and no ant can harvest without the Sovereign Lord of the Universe giving unto them! What a merciful God of condescension and power!
Psalm 136 is chock full of the wonders of God that should elicit worship! And yet somehow we treat worship rather illicitly! God made the heavens and he made the earth! He delivered the Israelites from Egypt, and moved them across the sea on dry land! He overthrew Pharaoh and his army! He led his people through the wilderness! He slew great kings! He gave his covenant people their land! Come, let us worship him for all these mighty wonders, and even for the wonders that we often fail to consider to be mighty, God says, “Come and adore!”
So the next time we sit down to that big slab of beef, let us worship our Sovereign Lord! He is the one who feeds us with it. And he is the merciful Lord God who fattened that same animal with a peaceful life of grazing.
As John Frame puts it in Salvation Belongs to the Lord,
We usually don’t think of that [feeding all flesh] as miraculous, but when you think about it, it’s pretty wonderful. Feeding a few million Israelites in the wilderness was a wonderful thing; yet, in a way it is even more wonderful that God feeds absolutely every living thing on the earth. So, perhaps from one perspective, God is doing miracles all the time all around us (p. 17).
May we never be found wanting to worship our Sovereign God for his miraculous wonders and deeds! Come, let us worship!