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Psalm 147

4 (Psalm 19:1-3; see EGW on Isaiah 60:1). The World Only a Jot—He made the night, marshaling the shining stars in the firmament. He calls them all by name. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork, showing man that this little world is but a jot in God's creation (The Youth's Instructor, April 4, 1905). 3BC 1154.8

8, 16-18 (Psalm 135:7). Operations of Nature Are God's Servants—There is scarcely an operation of nature to which we may not find reference in the Word of God.... 3BC 1154.9

[Psalm 147:8, 16-18; 135:7 quoted.] 3BC 1154.10

These words of Holy Writ say nothing of the independent laws of nature. God furnishes the matter and the properties with which to carry out His plans. He employs His agencies that vegetation may flourish. He sends the dew and the rain and the sunshine that verdure may spring forth and spread its carpet over the earth, that the shrubs and fruit trees may bud and blossom and bring forth. It is not to be supposed that a law is set in motion for the seed to work itself, that the leaf appears because it must do so of itself. God has laws which He has instituted, but they are only the servants through which He effects results. It is through the immediate agency of God that every tiny seed breaks through the earth and springs into life. Every leaf grows, every flower blooms, by the power of God (The Review and Herald, November 8, 1898). 3BC 1155.1

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