Psalm 104:27-30 “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.”

The Circle of Life! The Lion King made that song famous. The young cub being presented before all the animals letting them know that one day he would rule over the land. But the Lion King got it wrong. They left out the main character in the Circle of Life. God is the main character in the circle and we see it clearly in these passages from Psalm 104.

It all starts with verse 30, “When you (God) send your Spirit, they (all creatures) are created.” God starts the whole thing in motion. He’s our Creator God. He spoke, He formed, He breathed and the world responded, light shown out of darkness, plants came alive and grew, animals took their first breaths and their first steps, and we were given life.

And God is the sustainer of the life He created. In verses 27-28 the circle continues, “All creatures look to you (God) 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.” Once again, God is the actor and all of creation responds. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father.” James 1:17. “He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:25. He is Jehova Jireh, our Provider. God provides and our needs are satisfied. And He does this for every living creature on this “wildly wonderful world” verse 24 (Message).

Even in death, God is in control, the active participant. From verse 29 we read, “When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.” God acts and His creation responds. God gives and takes away. In His timing. Without God we are all but dust. Then when He wills it, the circle starts again and God renews and restores life to this world.

As I look at this Circle of Life, I can’t help but notice one key to life here on earth. If I could master this one thing, my life would be so much simpler. There would be peace and joy and satisfaction and love in abundance. The key is this, when God acts, I need to respond. God is the actor, all of creation are responders. When God speaks, I need to listen. When God moves, I need to follow. This life is about learning to tune into what God is doing and tune out what the world is showing us. The world is a mess because we have stopped responding to God or worse, our response is to rebel against Him. Imagine practicing this key, when God acts, you respond, in every aspect of life. How much better would your relationships be? How much less fear, and strife, in your daily life? How much more peace and serenity would surround you? Try it, and let me know how it works for you.