Psalm 104 Commentary
There is beauty and awe. There is also elegance. The design is top to bottom. But actually, there is neither top nor bottom. Simply put, the LORD is very great.
Mortals live in a world of limits and so we have the top part. The LORD created the universe. His dwelling is above it. He is clothed in light – light so bright that a brief appearance blinded Paul while on his way to Damascus.
He fills the emptiness with galaxies like tiny particles on a woman’s bed sheet. Of course, the woman spreads her bed sheet on the mattress that is firmly supported by the actual bed. These would be beams held in place by the power of the Creator God.
One tiny particle, probably too tiny to be seen, would be our galaxy and its systems. A sub particle there would be our solar system in which we find our home called earth. And here we are with this very great God still finding time and space to define such elements as weather, land, and seas.
He stretches out the universe like a tent. Yet the LORD still finds time and space to attend to creatures within the tiny particle called earth. Elements and systems are defined to support life. At the center of it all is humanity that He makes in His own likeness.
Shouldn’t we be thinking more about God each time we look at our built environment? Think of the advanced technologies of the moment. Doesn’t that remind you of the Creator God within individuals? Where could all this be coming from?
The earth has more. Birds, sea creatures, land creatures, and vegetation. The LORD designed systems to support these elements. There are boundaries and limits set in place.
In wisdom, the LORD made them all. And the LORD sustains all. When the LORD opens His hand, they are satisfied with good things. When the LORD sends His Spirit, they are created. A withdrawal of His Spirit means death. We have a direct reference to Creation as recorded in Genesis.
“I will sing to the LORD all my life,” declares the psalmist. And why not? For everything the LORD has done, it is deserved. But we only know in part. May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the LORD. Amen
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