Psalms 104

* God's majesty in the heavens, The creation of the sea, and the

dry land. (1-9) His provision for all creatures. (10-18) The

regular course of day and night, and God's sovereign power over

all the creatures. (19-30) A resolution to continue praising

God. (31-35)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.
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?
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.
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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