For the Cattle

You make grass grow for cattle and make vegetables for humans to use in order to get food from the ground.

—Psalm 104:14

The cows from the farm behind my house were on the move late yesterday afternoon. 

They were walking slowly, yet with determination, to the land closer to me. 

The grass they needed was plentiful. 

God provides even for the cattle. 

Will He not also provide for you and me?


He gives me the agility of a deer; He enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.

—Psalm 18:33

I will never know their names.

It doesn’t matter.

God knows their names……

While visiting a mountain area in another country, I saw men out in a valley with livestock.

The clay was a bright, burnt orange beneath them and the terrain grew steadily tall nearby, dotted with green treas and vegetation.

Where I live, the land is flat and the sky is big.

I am not at all accustomed to walking in rugged terrain.

Yet, if that is where God wanted me to be, I do believe that He would help me to learn to do so or give me the skill immediately to walk in the heights if that is what I needed.

In other situations, it is that way, as well.

I may be living my life in a “flat” land, with certain experiences that are comfortable to me.

If God calls me to other experiences that are “mountainous” and rugged, I believe He will then give me what I need to accomplish His will.

God is faithful to enable us to negotiate the rugged terrain of life.

We need not fear the mountains….







He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
     wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.

—Psalm 104:10-15

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cattle dusk

On a Thousand Hills


True thanks.

Kept promises.




O my people, listen!

For I am your God. Listen!

Here are my charges against you:

 I have no complaint about the sacrifices you bring to my altar, for you bring them regularly. 

But it isn’t sacrificial bullocks and goats that I really want from you.

 For all the animals of field and forest are mine!

The cattle on a thousand hills!

And all the birds upon the mountains! 

If I were hungry, I would not mention it to you—for all the world is mine and everything in it. 

No, I don’t need your sacrifices of flesh and blood.

What I want from you is your true thanks;

I want your promises fulfilled.

I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory.

—Psalm 50:7-15


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cattle on a thousand