Reading: Psalm 104
Praise the LORD, my soul.
LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent
and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.
He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
they went down into the valleys,
to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
never again will they cover the earth (NIV).*
All of Psalm 104 is a poetic ode in praise of God’s creation. Like the previous psalm it begins and ends by calling us to praise the LORD.
The psalmist begins his description of creation at the beginning. By that I mean he begins with the LORD in the heavens. He is the source point. It’s a very fitting start since the LORD called into being all of creation—all that we can see, hear and examine. In the creation account we read, “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2). But here we read a more detailed—a more poetic description: The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
The God of the heavens separates the waters of sky and earth. He establishes the boundaries of the oceans. These are the events of the second and third day in the Genesis account, but here they are portrayed as a seamless whole. In all this, the LORD is the actor, the mover, the sole performer. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
And what a performance this is! It has no equal and no precedent. Land, sky and sea are His handiwork and do His bidding. They respond to the Master Builder, and so should we.
Response: LORD God, you are very great! I kneel before you, my awesome God! I praise you for your creation. It is magnificent because you are more than magnificent. All praise belongs to you. Amen.
Your Turn: Is there a particular aspect of creation that you are drawn to or enjoy, for example the stars, the oceans or the animal kingdom?
* New International Version, Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica
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Alan Kearns said:
I find it hard to pin down one aspect of His Creation that is my favourite, I love the seaside, the birch woodlands and the twittering flocks that inhabit them. All of them are a breathtaking reminder of the glory of His handiwork. Even as I look outside now, the fluttering snow flakes drifting downwards remind me of His Boundless Creativity.
Boundless is the right word. Alan, we have so much to praise him for. Amen and amen!
Sometimes the sunrise, sometimes the sunset, I love to watch the snow falling and contemplate a mind that is capable of making every flake different. The creation and the creatures groan for the day when we will see things that we have not even imagined.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12a).
Don & Jan MacGregor said:
Thanks for sharing this Psalm 104 today and reminding us how important it is to behold and gives thanks for all of God’s creation… The beauty., power, and full manifestation of His creation reminds us of His presence in our world and in our lives… We are drawn to all of His creation – the stars above, the mountains, the prairies, the forests, the oceans, and the animal kingdom, particularly our horses and other animals we enjoy and share in close communion here at ‘Rock of Faith’ Ranch… Praise God! All honour and glory to Him who has provided us with the gift of salvation and. the blessing of all creation… Amen! ❤🙏😊😊
Yes, Don, we are truly blessed, and living in the country as you do, you get a fuller, richer enjoyment of His creation. To God be the glory!
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All of His creation is an extension of Him and I therefore thank Him for making it all happen.
Considering the wonder of creation, we must conclude the Creator is far, far, far more wonderful!
His Creation shows how He is worthy to be praised!