Psalm 104 spells out the details of God’s care for the world. The psalmist pictures the Lord as clothed in the wonderful majesty of his creation. Light appears as his robe; the heavens are spread out as a canopy; his abode is supported by pillars; clouds, wind, and angels are created for his use. The earth is firmly established on it’s foundations, the mountains and valleys are formed, the seas are divided and their limits are fixed.
The beasts of the field get their water from a spring, but ultimately that water comes from the hand of God (vv. 10 – 11). God planted the trees that the birds nest in (vv. 16 – 17). The teeming creatures of the sea look to the Lord for provision (vv. 25 – 27). The psalmist made clear God’s care for his creation.
Jesus would much later take this truth and apply it to his hearers.
Matthew 6:26 (HCSB)26 Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they?
Peter, who surely heard these words, would later write,;
1 Peter 5:6-7 (HCSB)6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.
* Portions excerpted from YouVersion, “The Jesus Bible Reading Plan” from Zondervan with Passion City Church
God The Creator
Psalm 104:1-35 (HCSB)1 My soul, praise Yahweh! LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with majesty and splendor.2 He wraps Himself in light as if it were a robe, spreading out the sky like a canopy,3 laying the beams of His palace on the waters ⌊above⌋, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind,4 and making the winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.5 He established the earth on its foundations; it will never be shaken.6 You covered it with the deep as if it were a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.7 At Your rebuke the waters fled; at the sound of Your thunder they hurried away--8 mountains rose and valleys sank— to the place You established for them.9 You set a boundary they cannot cross; they will never cover the earth again.10 He causes the springs to gush into the valleys; they flow between the mountains.11 They supply water for every wild beast; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.12 The birds of the sky live beside the springs; they sing among the foliage.13 He waters the mountains from His palace; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of Your labor.14 He causes grass to grow for the livestock and ⌊provides⌋ crops for man to cultivate, producing food from the earth,15 wine that makes man’s heart glad— making his face shine with oil— and bread that sustains man’s heart.16 The trees of the LORD flourish, the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.17 There the birds make their nests; the stork makes its home in the pine trees.18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes.19 He made the moon to mark the festivals; the sun knows when to set.20 You bring darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals stir.21 The young lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.22 The sun rises; they go back and lie down in their dens.23 Man goes out to his work and to his labor until evening.24 How countless are Your works, LORD! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.25 Here is the sea, vast and wide, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.26 There the ships move about, and Leviathan, which You formed to play there.27 All of them wait for You to give them their food at the right time.28 When You give it to them, they gather it; when You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things.29 When You hide Your face, they are terrified; when You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.30 When You send Your breath, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth.31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in His works.32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.33 I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.34 May my meditation be pleasing to Him; I will rejoice in the LORD.35 May sinners vanish from the earth and wicked people be no more. My soul, praise Yahweh! Hallelujah!
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.