Psalm 104

Psalm 104 is another psalm David likely wrote that praises God.  He elaborates on the greatness of creation and all God did during that period.  “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great”!  The psalm begins by calling out the obvious – that God is great and worthy of our praise.  It is our highest calling.  The author walks through the five days of creation, not saying anything about the sixth day when man was created.  But he methodically walks through the first five.

He does it by calling out all that God did:

  • “You are clothed with splendor and majesty
  • covering yourself with light
  • stretching out the heavens like a tent
  • lays the beams of his chambers on the waters
  • makes the clouds his chariot
  • rides on the wings of the wind
  • makes his messengers winds
  • his ministers a flaming fire
  • set the earth on its foundations
  • covered it with the deep
  • At your rebuke they (the waters) fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight
  • The mountains rose, the valleys sank
  • set a boundary that they may not pass
  • make springs gush forth
  • give drink to every beast of the field
  • From your lofty abode….the earth is satisfied
  • cause the grass to grow
  • plants for man to cultivate….bring forth food….and wine….oil to make his face shine….bread to strengthen man’s heart
  • made the moon to mark the seasons
  • the sun knows its time
  • make darkness, and it is night”

Creation was quite a feat, and God was in control of it all.  “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all”.

God created uncounted millions of species as part of His creation.  It is truly an overwhelming thing.  All that He created, both great and small, fit into an ecological system so great and so complicated that no man has ever fully understood all of it.  There is much to praise God for and give Him glory forever.  “May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works”.  The earth itself points to His glory through the power of nature, the beauty of all things as they grow, and the beginning and end of each day with the sunrise and sunset.  God had done amazing things.

David makes it clear how he is going to respond to the reality of the creation.  “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord”.  He’s going to sing and rejoice in all that God has done.  He loves God, and sets the example for how we should respond to the Creator.  God did amazing things through creation.  But it wasn’t just an event that happened at the beginning of time.  His creation happens moment by moment all around us each and every day if we open our eyes and look.  God is still creating through the very nature He set in motion.  God is alive and still doing His thing all around us each day!

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