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Psalm 104

God the Creator and Provider

1

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

O Lord my God, you are very great.

You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2

wrapped in light as with a garment.

You stretch out the heavens like a tent,

3

you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,

you make the clouds your chariot,

you ride on the wings of the wind,

4

you make the winds your messengers,

fire and flame your ministers.

 

5

You set the earth on its foundations,

so that it shall never be shaken.

6

You cover it with the deep as with a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

7

At your rebuke they flee;

at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.

8

They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys

to the place that you appointed for them.

9

You set a boundary that they may not pass,

so that they might not again cover the earth.

 

10

You make springs gush forth in the valleys;

they flow between the hills,

11

giving drink to every wild animal;

the wild asses quench their thirst.

12

By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;

they sing among the branches.

13

From your lofty abode you water the mountains;

the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

 

14

You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,

and plants for people to use,

to bring forth food from the earth,

15

and wine to gladden the human heart,

oil to make the face shine,

and bread to strengthen the human heart.

16

The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17

In them the birds build their nests;

the stork has its home in the fir trees.

18

The high mountains are for the wild goats;

the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.

19

You have made the moon to mark the seasons;

the sun knows its time for setting.

20

You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

21

The young lions roar for their prey,

seeking their food from God.

22

When the sun rises, they withdraw

and lie down in their dens.

23

People go out to their work

and to their labor until the evening.

 

24

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

25

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

creeping things innumerable are there,

living things both small and great.

26

There go the ships,

and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

 

27

These all look to you

to give them their food in due season;

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when you give to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

29

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath, they die

and return to their dust.

30

When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the ground.

 

31

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

32

who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke.

33

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34

May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

35

Let sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord!


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Verses 1–9

Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is the Light of the world.

Verses 10–18

When we reflect upon the provision made for all creatures, we should also notice the natural worship they render to God. Yet man, forgetful ungrateful man, enjoys the largest measure of his Creator's kindness. the earth, varying in different lands. Nor let us forget spiritual blessings; the fruitfulness of the church through grace, the bread of everlasting life, the cup of salvation, and the oil of gladness. Does God provide for the inferior creatures, and will he not be a refuge to his people?

Verses 19–30

We are to praise and magnify God for the constant succession of day and night. And see how those are like to the wild beasts, who wait for the twilight, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Does God listen to the language of mere nature, even in ravenous creatures, and shall he not much more interpret favourably the language of grace in his own people, though weak and broken groanings which cannot be uttered? There is the work of every day, which is to be done in its day, which man must apply to every morning, and which he must continue in till evening; it will be time enough to rest when the night comes, in which no man can work. The psalmist wonders at the works of God. The works of art, the more closely they are looked upon, the more rough they appear; the works of nature appear more fine and exact. They are all made in wisdom, for they all answer the end they were designed to serve. Every spring is an emblem of the resurrection, when a new world rises, as it were, out of the ruins of the old one. But man alone lives beyond death. When the Lord takes away his breath, his soul enters on another state, and his body will be raised, either to glory or to misery. May the Lord send forth his Spirit, and new-create our souls to holiness.

Verses 31–35

Man's glory is fading; God's glory is everlasting: creatures change, but with the Creator there is no variableness. And if mediation on the glories of creation be so sweet to the soul, what greater glory appears to the enlightened mind, when contemplating the great work of redemption! There alone can a sinner perceive ground of confidence and joy in God. While he with pleasure upholds all, governs all, and rejoices in all his works, let our souls, touched by his grace, meditate on and praise him.




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