Psalm 104

Read: Psalm 104:1, 2, 3a; 1 Timothy 6:6; Exodus 33:20; Isaiah 57:15; John 1:5; John 8:12

Psalm 104 proclaims that God is clothed with majesty; He is covered in light; He dwells behind the curtains of the heavens; His chamber is in the “waters”– i.e., in the waters above the earth.  God’s existence is in, yet also above and beyond, His creation.

Think About It: How is Psalm 104’s picture of God different from the concept of the divine in pantheism?  How does the description of Jesus as the “light of the world” relate to this picture of God as covered in light?

Prayer: Thank God that He has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ.

 

Read: Psalm 104:3b, 4; Exodus 4:31; Luke 7:16; James 4:8; Hebrews 13:2

The image of God riding on the chariots of clouds and walking on the wings of the wind tells us that God is mobile and involved in His creation. God is involved in His creation personally and through His angels.  The God who reveals Himself in the Bible is not like the deist’s god, who is impersonal and uninvolved in creation, and also unlike the god of the Koran, who is distant and difficult to approach.

Think About It: What are some ways God has visited His people directly?  To whom does God draw near? What are some ways that angels have visited God’s people?  

Prayer: Thank God that He draws near to repentant sinners.

 

Read: Psalm 104:5 – 10; Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 14:33; Isaiah 9:7

God created the world, bringing order out of chaos, putting a boundary to the seas and putting the waters in place.  God is Creator; everything else is made by Him. Creation is subject to Him, not He to creation. God is the God of peace, not of confusion; of order, not of chaos. God’s creative power brings order out of chaos.

Think About It: What is a personal application of the truth that God is not a God of confusion but of peace? Where is my life in confusion? Where do I need God’s order and peace?

Prayer: Lord, bring peace to my confusion and order to my chaos.

 

Read: Psalm 104:11 – 27; Matthew 6:26; Psalm 147:9; Luke 12:6 – 7;

2 Thessalonians 3:10

God’s providence provides water for plants, drink and food for both man and beast, and order for the seasons. God provides faithfully for all of His creatures, even the least of them.

Think About It: How does God’s providence differ from a heavenly welfare program?  What is required to take advantage of God’s providence? How can the reality of poverty and hunger be reconciled with the revelation that God’s providence is rich?

Prayer: Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

 

Read: Psalm 104:28 – 31; Ecclesiastes 12:7; John 11:25; Matthew 10:28

God is eternally sovereign over death, life, and renewal. He is sovereign over all His creation, animate and inanimate.  

Think About It: Why do I, as a Christian, not need to fear death? How do I feel about death and dying?

Prayer: Thank Jesus that He is the resurrection and the life.

 

Read: Psalm 104:33 – 34; Nehemiah 8:10; Philippians 3:1, 2; 4:4

The psalmist makes this personal application regarding the nature and work of God: “Therefore I will sing unto the Lord, meditate sweetly on the Lord, and be glad in the Lord.”  That response of joy (being glad in the Lord) should have an outward expression (singing); and in inward expression (meditating sweetly).

Think About It: Do I feel joy in the Lord? Do I give outward expression to that joy? Do I “meditate sweetly” on the Lord?

Prayer: Praise God for spiritual joy.

 

Read: Psalm 104:35; Revelation 20:10 – 15; 21:1 – 5; Romans 3:23 – 24

The second application the psalmist draws in light of his observations about God is that sinners have no place in the perfect creation and providence of God. “Therefore let sinners be consumed, and the wicked be no more.” What is wrong with creation is sin and sinners; when they are removed, all will be well. The catch is, “all have sinned.” There are none righteous.

Think About It: What is the “loophole” that allows sinners to escape the threat of eternal death and instead enjoy God’s perfect providence? Am I assured of my place in heaven?

Prayer: Praise God for assurance of salvation.