Just as the creation in Genesis begins with describing the creation of light, so the psalmist first mentions light. “What would our Psalmist have said to some of the trees in the Yosemite Valley? So that it should not be moved forever, He takes care that they shall have suitable habitations to dwell in. They are said to seek their meat from God, because it is not prepared for them by the care and forecast of man, but more immediately by the providence of God. V. The furniture of the sea (v. 25, v. 26). All abuse and waste of God’s creatures are spoil and robbery on the property of the Creator.” (Clarke). From reading Genesis 7:19-20, the psalmist understood that the waters stood above the mountains (And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. a. Psalm 104 1 Praise the Lord, my soul. The residence of his glory is in the highest heaven, that light which was created the first day, Gen. 1:3 . “Indeed, the process at the creation was so exactly similar to that at the deluge, with regards to the circumstances here mentioned, that it matters not to which we apply the beautiful and truly poetical passage before us.” (Horne). You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. And wine that makes glad the heart of man, This is quoted by the apostle (Heb. You spread out the heavens like a tent; a. The Septuagint and Vulgate call it dragon. 1:14 ); they must have air to breathe in. Those who continue drinking till wine inflames them, abuse this mercy of God.” (Clarke). Thou art clothed with honour and majesty, v. 1. 77:16 ), The waters saw thee, O God! c. You hide Your face, they are troubled: Creation is so dependent upon God that if He were to hide His presence or take away their breath, they would soon perish. For the constant revolutions and succession of day and night, and the dominion of sun and moon over them. “A traveler tells us that in the wood bark, and even the cones of the cedar there is an abundance of resin. In beautiful form, the glory of God’s creation is reflected upon throughout this psalm. "Praise" means "say that someone is great". 1 Praise the Lord, my soul. This is its use. 1:14 . Learn more Start my trial Back . i. You who laid the foundations of the earth, 6 selected sermon illustrations, 5 service outlines, and 5 children's sermons based on Psalm 104:30 and about Psalms May the LORD rejoice in His works. He makes the clouds his chariot. Upper chambers: “The ‘chambers,’ built above the first story of a house for the purpose of privacy and seclusion (cf. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. 2. O LORD, my God, how great you are! and concludes with it too. Man goes out to his work I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Immediately therefore, with all speed, the waters retired, v. 8. Thus the face of the earth is renewed from day to day by the light of the sun (which beautifies it anew every morning), from year to year by the products of it, which enrich it anew every spring and put quite another face upon it from what it had all winter. It is very probable that this psalm was penned by the same hand, and at the same time, as the former; for as that ended this begins, with "Bless the Lord, O my soul!’’ and concludes with it too. “The metaphor of his taking up its parts and powers as his robe, tent, palace and chariot invites us to see the world as something he delights in, which is charged with his energy and alive with his presence.” (Kidner), ii. Yet it is the logical consequence for those who reject God as Creator. d. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created: The withdrawal of God’s presence or favor means ruin for all creation, but the outpouring of His Spirit means life and renewal. 18:10, Ps. PSALM 104 COMME TARY EDITED BY GLE PEASE I TRODUCTIO SPURGEO , "GE ERAL, REMARKS. Many great things the psalmist here gives God the glory of I. Psalm 104 - Barker, David G “The Waters of the Earth: An Exegetical Study of Psalm 104:1-9,” Grace Theological Journal 7.1 (1986) 57-80. It is a pity that that should be abused to overcharge the heart, and unfit men for their duty, which was given to revive their heart and quicken them in their duty. The volcanoes, or burning mountains, such as Aetna, are emblems of the power of God’s wrath fastening upon proud unhumbled sinners. “As far as he was concerned, an entire lifetime of praise would be insufficient to honor God properly.” (Boice). d. Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain: God’s power is also apparent as the One who created the vast heavens. Thou takest away their breath, which is in thy hand, and then, and not till then, they die and return to their dust, to their first principles. 1 Alleluia. Joy to himself (v. 34): My meditation of him shall be sweet; it shall be fixed and close; it shall be affecting and influencing; and therefore it shall be sweet. By them the birds of the heavens have their home; Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Psalms 104 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. That he may bring forth food from the earth: God designed the ecology of the world so that with work, man may bring forth food. The spirit of the beast, which goes downward, is at God’s command, as well as the spirit of a man, which goes upward. 1 of 1. Praise to God, which is chiefly intended in the psalm.1. 1 Timothy 6:16 says God dwells in unapproachable light. O L ord my God, you are very great. The Psalmist celebrates God's glory in His works of creation and providence, teaching the dependence of all living creatures; and contrasting the happiness of those who praise Him with the awful end of the wicked. AC 10570. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. Psalm 104. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. He provides fresh water for their drink: We are here taught to praise and magnify God,I. Centuries later, God the Son would rebuke waters and calm them (Matthew 8:26). i. The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works: The psalmist considered how the water, plants, and animals of the earth each find their place in God’s plan and order. 6:26 ), and therefore they are easy and cheerful, and take no thought for the morrow. He is open-handed in the gifts of his bounty, and is a great and good housekeeper that provides for so large a family. 19, , which begins with it, but passes from it to the consideration of the divine law; nor as Ps. The style indeed is somewhat different, because the matter is so: the scope of the foregoing psalm was to celebrate the goodness of God and his tender mercy and compassion, to which a soft and sweet style was most agreeable; the scope of this is to celebrate his greatness, and majesty, and sovereign dominion, which ought to be done in the most stately lofty strains of poetry. He sends the springs into the valleys: In the previous section, the psalmist referred to what God did with the waters of the earth after the flood in Noah’s day. III. So that it should not be moved forever: What God built, He built well. He made it to divide the waters as a curtain divides between two apartments. Thirdly, Is nature yet more humoursome, and does it crave something for ornament too? i. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. 3:13 . Where the birds make their nests; God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. O L ord my God, you are very great. Knowing the greatness and goodness of God as revealed in creation, the psalmist wanted his thoughts to be pleasing to God. Psalm 104 King James Version (KJV). “This is perhaps the highest and most daring note in all this wonderful song of praise. c. I will be glad in the LORD: We again sense a note of determination. Yet that was enough to make the psalmist determined to say I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. And they are bright, and quick, and ascending, as fire, as a flame of fire. When the wicked are no more I hope to be praising God world without end; and therefore, Praise you the Lord; let all about me join with me in praising God. The regions of the air are stretched out about the earth, like a curtain about a bed, to keep it warm, and drawn between us and the upper world, to break its dazzling light; for, though God covers himself with light, yet, in compassion to us, he makes darkness his pavilion. All rights reserved. That is a true axiom in divinity, Providence is creation continued.” (Caryl, cited in Spurgeon). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Psalm 104 is the 104th psalm of the Book of Psalms of the Hebrew Bible. So here; God rebuked the waters for man’s sake, to prepare room for him; for men must not be made as the fishes of the sea (Hab. The cattle that are of use to man are particularly taken care of; grass is made to grow in great abundance for them, when the young lions, that are not for the service of man, often lack and suffer hunger. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is … Sometimes the crocodile is intended by the original word.” (Clarke), iii. 4 Seek the Lord, and be confirmed. 2. Psalms 104:2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens … Your possessions: “They are all God’s property, and should be used only in reference to the end for which they were created. 1. Does God put this construction upon the language of mere nature, even in venomous creatures? Show content in: Both English Hebrew. AC 10373. PSALM 104 GOD'S GREATNESS AS SEEN IN THE CREATION Taking his information from the book of Genesis, the psalmist here elaborates the greatness of God's works in the first five days of creation, this is the portion of the creation that concerns nature only, as distinguished from mankind. The roaring of the young lions, like the crying of the young ravens, is interpreted asking their meat of God. “There is nothing irreverent in this. Commentary on Romans 8:14-17. Psalms 104 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. Concerning regeneration, or being created anew, see Psalm 87:5, Exposition. i. 30:7 ), Thou didst hide thy face and I was troubled. Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, It is a pity that any of the children of men, who have nobler powers and were made for nobler purposes, should live as if they were sent into the world, like leviathan into the waters, to play therein, spending all their time in pastime. When men undertake many works, and of different kinds, commonly some of them are neglected and not done with due care; but God’s works, though many and of very different kinds, are all made in wisdom and with the greatest exactness; there is not the least flaw nor defect in them. Princes appear great, 1. IV. "Come, my soul, where art thou? The heathen were so affected with the light and influence of the sun and moon, and their serviceableness to the earth, that they worshipped them as deities; and therefore the scripture takes all occasions to show that the gods they worshipped are the creatures and servants of the true God (v. 19): He appointed the moon for seasons, for the measuring of the months, the directing of the seasons for the business of the husbandman, and the governing of the tides. “This Psalm has no title either in the Hebrew or Chaldee; but it is attributed to David by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Syriac.” (Adam Clarke), “The Psalm gives an interpretation to the many voices of nature, and sings sweetly both of creation and providence. The angels are here said to be his angels and his ministers, for they are under his dominion and at his disposal; they are winds, and a flame of fire, that is, they appeared in wind and fire (so some), or they are as swift as winds, and pure as flames; or he makes them spirits, so the apostle quotes it. You are clothed with majesty and glory; 2 you cover yourself with light. Praise the LORD! In which all the beasts of the forest creep about. The hills that are not watered by the rivers, as Egypt was by the Nile, are watered by the rain from heaven, which is called the river of God (Ps. Psalm 104 commentary 1. ." 65:9 ), as Canaan was, Deu. i. Of all visible beings light comes nearest to the nature of a spirit, and therefore with that God is pleased to cover himself, that is, to reveal himself under that similitude, as men are seen in the clothes with which they cover themselves; and so only, for his face cannot be seen. As a great God, and a God of matchless perfection: The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever, v. 31. 104 l Bless the L ord, O my soul! Proud member In Praise of the Creator. b. The rejection of God as Creator has had deep and terrible effects upon the hearts and minds of the modern world. His ministers a flame of fire. That he may bring forth food from the earth, 11:12 . Psalm 104 Psa 104:1 See Lesson, Psalms, "Hallelujah". The psalmist concludes this meditation with speaking,I. 104:1-9. Having abandoned this fundamental truth, humanity drifts without a proper sense of responsibility or accountability toward its Creator. Truly these are worthy to be called the trees of the Lord, for towering stature and enormous girth. Psalm 104 – LORD of All Creation “This Psalm has no title either in the Hebrew or Chaldee; but it is attributed to David by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Syriac.” (Adam Clarke) “The Psalm gives an interpretation to the many voices of nature, and sings sweetly both of creation and providence. I found myself in awe while reading of the greatness of our God who formed and created all things out of nothing. Bless the LORD, O my soul. "Praise" i. 2. God herein consults the comfort of man. God is seen in his works, and these proclaim him infinitely wise and good, and all that is great. He makes his messengers winds; his servants flames of fire. 1. He has his chambers, his upper rooms (so the word signifies), the beams whereof he lays in the waters, the waters that are above the firmament (v. 3), as he has founded the earth upon the seas and floods, the waters beneath the firmament. b. The high hills are for the wild goats; 26:7), ponderibus librata suis—balanced by its own weight, yet it is as immovable as if it had been laid upon the surest foundations. These verses constitute some of the … He touches the hills, and they smoke. We are reminded of creation week as we see light v2, waters, land v5, animals and birds v11f, vegetation v14. O LORD, how manifold are Your works! He is: II. He provides fresh water for their drink: He sends the springs into the valleys, v. 10. You have spread out the heavens like a tent. These are reminders of the overwhelming power and might of God. To make us thankful let us consider, [1.] b. 1 My soul, bless the Lord. Living things both small and great. The poem contains a complete cosmos: sea and land, cloud and sunlight, plant and animal, light and darkness, life and death, are all proved to be expressive of the presence of the Lord.” (Charles Spurgeon). We may apply this to the trees of righteousness, which are the planting of the Lord, planted in his vineyard; these are full of sap, for what God plants he will water, and those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God, Ps. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. The lectionary text reading includes only verses 24-34 and 35b, but those verses are a … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 104:24-34, 35b" O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. PSALM 104 * Praise of God the Creator I. But God always rejoices in his works, because they are all done in wisdom. Describe all his wonders. Even the meanest creatures are not below his cognizance. ii. The world is as full of creatures as if none died, for the place of those that die is filled up. Then the young lions roar after their prey; and, as naturalists tell us, their roaring terrifies the timorous beasts so that they have not strength nor spirit to escape from them, which otherwise they might do, and so they become an easy prey to them. b. Psalms 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise to the Sovereign Lord for His Creation and Providence - Bless the Lord, O my soul! Thick clouds are a covering to him. Let us also consider that we are in this respect fellow-commoners with the beasts; the same earth, the same spot of ground, that brings grass for the cattle, brings corn for man. And lie down in their dens. This (the Jews say) is to be applied to the resurrection, which every spring is an emblem of, when a new world rises out of the ashes of the old one.In the midst of this discourse the psalmist breaks out into wonder at the works of God (v. 24): O Lord! Invoke his name himself sowed those seeds, and to use some of the manna ( Exodus 16:1, service. 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