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Psalm 104

June 5, 2009

This psalm of praise to the Lord focuses on God the Creator of heaven and earth. It tells of the importance of water to our eco system. The psalmist looks at nature, how it works, and how nature complements itself and then praises God.

The psalm begins where Psalm 103 left off; Praise the Lord O my soul. The psalmist then acknowledges the greatness of God and His clothing of splendor and majesty. He describes God’s attributes by looking at God’s creation and how it functions. To we who are human, God’s majesty is best described by God’s creation.

The psalmist begins by remembering the Genesis account of creation and the significant part light and water play in creation [vs. 2-9]. Verses 6-9 could be interpreted to represent the flood during Noah’s life but I believe it refers to the active creation account at the beginning. Beginning with verse 10 we see the active part water plays in sustaining all of nature. The psalmist marvels at the Lord’s works, wisdom, and vastness of His creation in verse 24 before continuing on and recognizing that God’s spirit remains present for the purposes of procreation of all species.

The psalmist sings praise to God and commits to do so as long as he lives. He asks that this meditation, in which God’s glory has been revealed to him, be pleasing to God. He prays that wickedness and sin will disappear so that the Lord’s creation will be like the Garden of Eden before sin or like Noah’s time after the flood. The psalmist concludes with a simple and humble statement praising God.

Who says there is no God? Who has no time to seek God? God is present before our eyes every moment of every day. All we need to do is to stop, look, and observe what’s happening around us. See the majesty of God in His creation, acknowledge Him as the Creator God, know that He is a living God who rules over all creation, and praise His Holy Name. All creation praises God. Let us also sing praise to Him.

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