“O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures…
These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.”
Psalm 104:24, 27-28
This psalm is filled with recounts of God’s ruling over His creation and His actions to provide for that which He has made: “You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches…The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers” (Psalm 104:10-12, 18).
In these, I then heard Jesus’ words. “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26); “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
God carefully tends to His creation. Setting boundaries on mountains, valleys, oceans. Causing springs and rivers to flow. Bringing forth trees and plants for cultivation and provision. Firmly setting, and keeping, the earth on its axis to ensure all continues with the intricate and necessary precision He established.
It’s possible that recognizing this action in all of creation could cause us to feel very small and insignificant. After all, if God is busy with all of this, why would He bother with little things like what happens in my daily life? Who am I in comparison?
Yet Jesus uses that intentionality in the details of creation to emphasize the very personal care of God to us as individuals. As His beloved, highly valued child. If God sees and responds to the needs of one sparrow, if He is aware of that sparrow’s movements, how much more will that apply to a child whom He has brought to Himself? A child into whose heart He has poured His love through the giving of His very Spirit? “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.”
This is the peace we can know as those who are His, those who have received Christ and, through Him, have been reconciled to God not just as subjects to a King but as children to a good and loving Father (John 1:12-13).
Whatever your day holds, whether there are cares and concerns weighing on your heart or you are overflowing with gladness, know this: you are seen; you are valued; you are greatly loved by the God of the universe who sent His Son to die on your behalf and who has committed Himself very personally to your care and your keeping “from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 121:8).
He will not lose sight of you. He will not forget (Isaiah 49:15-16). You will not be lost in the crowd; you cannot be. Our God is big enough and amazing enough and personal enough to see to every detail of your life, and He wants to. That’s how all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He makes them work together for good. Because it matters. Because you matter to Him.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.”