(35 verses, 3:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
This psalm praises God for his wonderful works in creation, as the creator and sustainer of all things. The major theme of Ps 104 is the God who brings forth everything that is good from the earth for the sake of his glory and for the preservation of his creation, especially man.
MARK and LEARN
Vss. 1-4 depict God in his majesty and speaks of the elements of light, heavens, waters, clouds, and wind to show God’s rule over all these typically chaotic things. God is supreme in his glory. This will be the theme for the rest of the psalm.
Far from any naturalistic or deistic (clockmaker god) interpretation of the world, this psalm testifies that all things from the very creation of the world down to the most mundane “you cause the grass to grow for the livestock” (vs. 14) are the work of God. God is not only the creator but the preserver of all things.
Leviathan (vs. 26) – Mentioned also in the book of Job, Leviathan is a large sea creature of unknown species. The point of the psalmist is that even this great and terrifying sea creature is a created being and thus a servant to God’s will.
These all look to you, to give them their food in due season (vs. 27) – this verse finds a place as an introduction to Luther’s table prayer, which echoes the themes of this psalm. Indeed we receive all things from thy bountiful goodness.
Let sinners be consumed from the earth…(vs. 35) – Reminds us that despite all of the grandeur of creation and God’s preserving hand for us, there is still the problem of evil in the world that needs to be dealt with. God will deal with this on the cross in the person of Jesus and ultimately at the end of the world at his second coming.
Lord, we are so small. I read this psalm and find that I am a mere speck in your great creation. Mountains and seas, rivers and valleys testify to your creating hand and I am a dwarf by comparison. But you have told us that we are worth more than any part of creation. This is a great mystery to me. You love us so much that you once for all became man, born of the virgin Mary. You became as nothing that you might suffer and die to buy back the crown of your creation, that we may live with you forever. Even as we view your creation and its wonders, we know that your love for us is even more wonderful. Amen.
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