Please read the entire Psalm 104.
Sometimes we think the circmstances of our lives are based on the actions of people around us, even with all of their frailties. This Psalm makes it very clear that every created thing is dependent on God for its existence, its sustenance and its hope.
verse 1: Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Thanks be to God…our hope is in Him.
Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Forget not all his benefits…When a person goes job hunting, especially, if they are head of a houselhold, benefits can be even more important than actual hourly wage or salary – health insurance, dental plans, paid vacation and sick time.
Here, David lists those benefits the Lord provides for those who know Him. What is there in this list that turns people off? Is it because their hearts are hard? Jesus said, they prefer darkness over light.
- Forgives all your sins
- Heals all your diseases
- Redeems your life from the pit
- Crowns you with love and compassion
- Satisfies your desires
- Your youth is renewed like the eagles
- (benefits listed in vs. 3, 4 and 5)
But you, O LORD, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations.
In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.
Something struck me in these verses regarding the eternality of God. How many millions has He had a personal relationship with since time began. Each one had his personal struggles, joys, and sorrows which he shared with the Lord. These people have come and gone, but the Lord remains, and He is ready to be personal with the next generation. The earth will perish, (one version says it will wear out), but the Lord will continue. Cities, towns and civilizations will rise and fall, but God remains the same.
I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.”
It sounds to me like David is setting himself apart from the world. Even though he must live among sinful men, he wants to be identified, not by faithlesss works, slanderous words or deceitful men, but rather his identity will be that of a man who loves and praises God’s justice, God’s love.
As God’s children, sealed by the blood of Christ, this should be our identification as well.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
If you are a Christian, a believer, born again of the Spirit, you believe that the Bible is true and the truths of God written in the Bible never change. Even if your circumstances change, the truth of God remains forever the same.
- The LORD is good – even when your best friend divorces her husband
- His love endures forever – even if your son jumps of a moral and spiritual cliff
- His faithfulness continues through all generations – even if your health takes a dive into a lengthy illness.
- These truths are steadfast, immovable. We can anchor our lives to them even when we don’t “feel” them in our life cirumstances.
The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.
Reigns: King over all
Great: Mighty in Power
Exalted: above all (above everyone and everything)
Nations are saying, “God? What god? We are gods.” These nations should tremble for the Scripture says, “Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.”
Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations.
We put our trust in Him, and we cry “Holy”.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the LORD for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
Is this what will happen when He comes at last to judge? Will the earth He created break forth in jubilance when the Author and Creator is lifted up?
I love it when David puts human qualities on trees, mountains, and rivers. Maybe because I am a visual person. I can see waves clapping, trees dancing and mountains singing. Nothing is impossible when the Lord of Glory comes!
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
If we love the Lord of glory, the Holy One, from Whom flows the purest of all light, why would you desire to embrace the darkness of evil?