Psalm 104 – God’s Greatness

Introduction:  This is the second “Bless the Lord, O my Soul” Psalm.  It begins and ends much like Psalm 103.  Psalm 103 focuses on one’s personal relationship with God because He is merciful to those who fear Him, while Psalm 104 focuses upon God’s greatness and goodness that is demonstrated through his providential works in creation.  These works of God show forth His marvelous glory that calls for the ending conclusion – “Praise ye the Lord.”

1. A Declaration of God’s Greatness – vs.1

2. A Demonstration of God’s Greatness vs.2-32

a.      His glory in heaven – vs.2-4

b.      His glory in the earth – vs.5-18

c.      His glory in the skies – vs.19-20

d.      His glory in the animal kingdom – vs.21

e.      His glory in mankind – vs.22-23

f.        His glory in the seas – vs.24-26

g.      His glory of providence – vs.27-32

3. A Determination in response to God’s Greatness – vs.33-35

Is praise of our Creator God a one-time choice or a moment by moment choice?

Thinking Deeper: Last week we took notice that there was no prayer in Psalm 103.  Can you find the one prayer in Psalm 104?

Why do you think the Psalmist made this prayer?

Application: How has this psalm challenged you in your own relationship with the Lord?

“The prophet shows that we do not need to enter into the heavens to seek God, for as much as all the order of nature, with the propriety and placing of the elements, are living mirrors to see his majesty in.”  (Geneva Bible Note)

“Here we have one of the loftiest and longest sustained flights of the inspired muse. The psalm gives an interpretation to the many voices of nature, and sings sweetly both of creation and providence. 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. Traces of the six days of creation are very evident, and though the creation of man, which was the crowning work of the sixth day, is not mentioned, this is accounted for from the fact that man is himself the singer: some have ever, discerned marks of the divine rest upon the seventh day in Ps 104:31. It is a poet’s version of Genesis. Nor is it alone the present condition of the earth which is here the subject of song; but a hint is given of those holier times when we shall see “a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness,” out of which the sinner shall be consumed, Ps 104:35. The spirit of ardent praise to God runs through the whole, and with it a distinct realization of the divine Being as a personal existence, loved and trusted as well as adored.”  C. H. Spurgeon

 

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