As a great God, and a God of matchless perfection: The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever, v. 31. May the LORD rejoice in His works. 4. AC 10373. You are very great: The psalmist worshipped Yahweh as his God, and as the great One who is clothed with honor and majesty. 19:4, Rev. Power went along with this word, and therefore it is also called here the voice of his thunder, which is a mighty voice and produces strange effects, v. 7. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. The beasts creep forth to spoil and do mischief; man goes forth to work and do good. He descended in a cloud, as in a chariot, to Mount Sinai, to give the law, and to Mount Tabor, to proclaim the gospel (Mt. "Who coverest [thyself] with light as [with] a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:" … n You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 covering yourself with light as with a garment, o stretching out the heavens p like a tent. This is its use. 11:11, Deu. He is: At thy rebuke, as if they were made sensible that they were out of their place, they fled; they hasted away (they called, and not in vain, to the rocks and mountains to cover them), as it is said on another occasion (Ps. This great and wide sea: The psalmist thought of the greatness of the oceans (in his case, the Mediterranean Sea). 30:26).” (Kidner). “This is the first occurrence of hallelujah in the Psalter, and it is significant that it is joined to a prayer for the destruction of the wicked, just as it is in Revelation 19.” (Boice), (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. Ardent spirits exhilarate, but they exhaust the strength; and every dose leaves man the worse. i. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, v. 2. The first 15 verses of Psalm 105 are also found in 1 Chronicles 16:8-22 and presented there as a composition of David, written and sung for the bringing of the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. The strongest creatures left to themselves cannot help themselves.” (Caryl, cited in Spurgeon), ii. Psalm 110 - Bateman, Herbert W. “Psalm 110:1 and the New Testmaent,” Bibliotheca Sacra 149 (Oct. 1992) 438-53. Psalms 103:22 : Psalms 104:2 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. They sing among the branches. Mercy toward humans is the subject of psalm 103. I found myself in awe while reading of the greatness of our God who formed and created all things out of nothing. He provides food convenient for them, both for man and beast: The heavens drop fatness; they hear the earth, but God hears them, Hos. Joy to himself (v. 34): My meditation of him shall be sweet; it shall be fixed and close; it shall be affecting and influencing; and therefore it shall be sweet. i. i. He has set bounds to the sea; for that also is his. 1 Bless the LORD, my soul! Under God’s blessing and man’s work, the food brought forth is wonderful. Dr. Hammond’s paraphrase of this is worth noting: "God has fixed so strange a place for the earth, that, being a heavy body, one would think it should fall every minute; and yet, which way soever we would imagine it to stir, it must, contrary to the nature of such a body, fall upwards, and so can have no possible ruin but by tumbling into heaven.’’2. i. He provides fresh water for their drink: We are here taught to praise and magnify God,I. 92:13 .III. The regular course of the sun and moon (v. 19-24). Verses 19-30 We are here taught to praise and magnify God,I. Audio Commentary: Psalm 104 Psalm 104 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. 104:1-9. First, Does nature call for something to support it, and repair its daily decays? Audio Commentary: Psalm 104 Psalm 104 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. Psalm 104 is the 104th psalm of the Book of Psalms of the Hebrew Bible. In Ezekiel’s vision they ran and returned like a flash of lightning, Eze. 3 setting the beams of your chambers upon the waters. There is that Leviathan That he may bring forth food from the earth, These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Psalm 104 God the Creator and Provider. The style indeed is somewhat different, because the matter is so: the scope of the foregoing psalm was to celebrate the goodness of God and his tender mercy and compassion, to which a soft and sweet style was most agreeable; the scope of this is to celebrate his greatness, and majesty, and sovereign dominion, which ought to be done in the most stately lofty strains of poetry. And they are bright, and quick, and ascending, as fire, as a flame of fire. The main subject of the psalm is the order of the world and the sovereignty of the God who created and maintains it. Announce his works among the nations. i. The beasts of prey creep forth with fear; man goes forth with boldness, as one that has dominion. Who walks on the wings of the wind, When the New-Testament Babylon is consumed, this is the burden of the song, Hallelujah, Rev. There is water enough indeed in the sea, that is, enough to drown us, but not one drop to refresh us, be we ever so thirsty—it is all so salt; and therefore God has graciously provided water fit to drink. So here; God rebuked the waters for man’s sake, to prepare room for him; for men must not be made as the fishes of the sea (Hab. 1:14 . Bless the LORD, O my soul. In their robes; and what are God’s robes? And see how those are like to the wild beasts, who wait for the twilight, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. God’s earth gives us wine, oil, and bread – each with their own blessing and goodness. Whatever they are, they are what God made them, what he still makes them; they derive their being from him, having the being he gave them, are held in being by him, and he makes what use he pleases of them.II. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Yet it is the logical consequence for those who reject God as Creator. of You who laid the foundations of the earth, God made not the sea in vain, any more than the earth; he made it to be inherited, for there are things swimming innumerable, both small and great animals, which serve for man’s dainty food. The cattle that are of use to man are particularly taken care of; grass is made to grow in great abundance for them, when the young lions, that are not for the service of man, often lack and suffer hunger. Psalm 110 - Bateman, Herbert W. “Psalm 110:1 and the New Testmaent,” Bibliotheca Sacra 149 (Oct. 1992) 438-53. The shadows of the evening befriend the repose of the night (v. 20): Thou makes darkness and it is night, which, though black, contributes to the beauty of nature, and is as a foil to the light of the day; and under the protection of the night all the beasts of the forest creep forth to feed, which they are afraid to do in the day, God having put the fear and dread of man upon every beast of the earth (Gen. 9:2 ), which contributes as much to man’s safety as to his honour. Psalm 110 - Davis, Barry C. “Is Psalm 110 A Messianic Psalm?” 64:7 ); so David does here. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, When the lions sleep, man goes out to his work until the evening. “Indeed, the process at the creation was so exactly similar to that at the deluge, with regards to the circumstances here mentioned, that it matters not to which we apply the beautiful and truly poetical passage before us.” (Horne). All abuse and waste of God’s creatures are spoil and robbery on the property of the Creator.” (Clarke). b. Nay, the divine providence not only furnishes animals with their proper food, but vegetables also with theirs (v. 16): The trees of the Lord are full of sap, not only men’s trees, which they take care of and have an eye to, in their orchards, and parks, and other enclosures, but God’s trees, which grow in the wildernesses, and are taken care of only by his providence; they are full of sap and want no nourishment. The psalm gives an interpretation to the many voices of nature, and sings sweetly both of creation and providence. Who knows the power of his anger? The splendour of his majesty in the upper world (v. 1-4). 104:10 The first part of the psalm tells us that God created the earth and the sky. The next part of the psalm, verses 10-23, tells us that he stayed with it. "Come, my soul, where art thou? Thence they are called seraphim—burners. Note, Divine meditation is a very sweet duty to all that are sanctified: "I will be glad in the Lord; it shall be a pleasure to me to praise him; I will be glad of all opportunities to set forth his glory; and I will rejoice in the Lord always and in him only.’’ All my joys shall centre in him, and in him they shall be full.III. and concludes with it too. That You may give them their food in due season. 2. Let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice. So he did at first, when he made the firmament, which in the Hebrew has its name from its being expanded, or stretched out, Gen. 1:7 . Creatures change, but with the Creator there is no variableness. The foundations of the earth: “Upon itself, or its own weight, whereby it stands as fast and unmovable, as if it were built upon the strongest foundations imaginable; which is a stupendous work of Divine power and wisdom.” (Poole). The food which God brings forth out of the earth (v. 14) is the fruit of his works, which the earth is satisfied with. The rejection of God as Creator has had deep and terrible effects upon the hearts and minds of the modern world. The provision he makes for the maintenance of all the creatures according to their nature (v. 10-18, v. 27, v. 28). 1 My soul, bless the Lord. a. and shall he not much more interpret favourably the language of grace in his own people, though it be weak and broken, groanings which cannot be uttered? Thus the earth is satisfied with the fruit of his works, either with the rain it drinks in (the earth knows when it has enough; it is a pity that any man should not) or with the products it brings forth. He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. i. We are reminded of creation week as we see light v2, waters, land v5, animals and birds v11f, vegetation v14. The creation of the sea and the dry land (v. 5-9). Psalm 104 1 Praise the Lord, my soul. d. At Your rebuke they fled: When the waters had covered the earth long enough, God made them recede (Genesis 8:3), and the psalmist poetically described it as God’s rebuke of the waters. As a God of almighty power (v. 32): He looks on the earth, and it trembles, as unable to bear his frowns—trembles, as Sinai did, at the presence of the Lord. Naturalists dispute about the origin of fountains; but, whatever are their second causes, here is their first cause; it is God that sends the springs into the brooks, which walk by easy steps between the hills, and receive increase from the rain-water that descends from them. Here is work to be done, good work, angels’ work; set about it in good earnest; let all the powers and faculties be engaged and employed in it: Bless the Lord, O my soul!’’ In these verses,I. Bless the L ord, O my soul. The Universe is the garment of God.” (Maclaren). 2. Their equipage, compared with his (even of the eastern kings, who most affected pomp), is but as the light of a glow-worm compared with that of the sun, when he goes forth in his strength. They are said to seek their meat from God, because it is not prepared for them by the care and forecast of man, but more immediately by the providence of God. Does God put this construction upon the language of mere nature, even in venomous creatures? What we choose to set our mind on is a measure of what we truly value. These give drink, not only to man, and those creatures that are immediately useful to him, but to every beast of the field (v. 11); for where God has given life he provides a livelihood and takes care of all the creatures. PSALM 104 * Praise of God the Creator I. [3.] Psalms 104:2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens … For the cattle there is grass, and the beasts of prey, that live not on grass, feed on those that do; for man there is herb, a better sort of grass (and a dinner of herbs and roots is not to be despised); nay, he is furnished with wine, and oil, and bread, v. 15. [2.] d. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created: The withdrawal of God’s presence or favor means ruin for all creation, but the outpouring of His Spirit means life and renewal. Let the obsequiousness even of the unstable waters teach us obedience to the word and will of God; for shall man alone of all the creatures be obstinate? And the psalm describes its purpose as being “For giving grateful praise.” The content of the psalm clearly reflects the title. Commentary on Psalms 104 by Matthew Henry Psalm 104 It is very probable that this psalm was penned by the same hand, and at the same time, as the former; for as that ended this begins, with "Bless the Lord, O my soul!' Psalm 104 – LORD of All Creation “This Psalm has no title either in the Hebrew or Chaldee; but it is attributed to David by the Vulgate, Septuagint, Ethiopic, Arabic, and Syriac.” (Adam Clarke) “The Psalm gives an interpretation to the many voices of nature, and sings sweetly both of creation and providence. c. You hide Your face, they are troubled: Creation is so dependent upon God that if He were to hide His presence or take away their breath, they would soon perish. They are spiritual beings; and, whatever vehicles they may have proper to their nature, it is certain they have not bodies as we have. b. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. “And as it would not be convenient for man and the wild beasts of the forest to collect their food at the same time, he has given the night to them as the proper time to procure their prey, and the day to rest in. c. I will be glad in the LORD: We again sense a note of determination. 11:12 . 1:5 ), the Father of lights (Jam. i. The high hills are for the wild goats; Click on the different category headings to find out more. Terror to the wicked (v. 35): Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth; and let the wicked be no more. Next » Chapter 105. The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works: The psalmist considered how the water, plants, and animals of the earth each find their place in God’s plan and order. You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Many great things the psalmist here gives God the glory of I. psalms 104 Psalms 103 - Psalms 105 >> - HELP - FB - TWITTER - GR VIDEOS - GR FORUMS - GR YOUTUBE Get a Copy of This KJV Bible - https://bit.ly/2ns1jxF The roaring of the young lions, like the crying of the young ravens, is interpreted asking their meat of God. As a gracious God: The Lord shall rejoice in his works. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. God is a bountiful benefactor to them: He gives them their meat; he opens his hand and they are filled with good. a. Bless the LORD, O my soul: Repeated three times in the previous psalm, this phrase is a call to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to do so from one’s inmost being. Thus is the care of God seen to be effectual and all-sufficient. The trees of the LORD are full of sap, See Ps. did this, the psalm starts, "*Praise the *LORD". i. He makes his messengers winds; his servants flames of fire. He does not share the limitations of the creation; He makes the clouds His chariot and He walks on the wings of the wind. 1 Alleluia. And this psalm is wholly bestowed on that subject; not as Ps. 4 Seek the Lord, and be confirmed. Commentary on Psalm 104:1-9 (Read Psalm 104:1-9) Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. “The patterns are close enough to show that the psalmist had Genesis in mind as he worked on his composition. 3:8, Hab. He is to be praised, (1.) In some ways, the modern age is significantly defined by man’s rejection of God as Creator. Mercy toward humans is the subject of psalm … In their coaches of state, with their stately horses, which add much to the magnificence of their entries; but God makes the clouds his chariots, in which he rides strongly, swiftly, and far above out of the reach of opposition, when at any time he will act by uncommon providences in the government of this world. Psalm 104 Commentary by Brad Boyles. 6 selected sermon illustrations, 5 service outlines, and 5 children's sermons based on Psalm 104:30 and about Psalms “The last words ever written by Henry Martyn, dying among Mohammedans in Persia, was: I sat in the orchard and thought with sweet comfort and peace of my God, in solitude my company, my Friend and Comforter.” (Spurgeon). Rashi 's Commentary: Show Hide. Having abandoned this fundamental truth, humanity drifts without a proper sense of responsibility or accountability toward its Creator. 1. “The structure of the psalm is modelled fairly closely on that of Genesis 1, taking the stages of creation as starting-points for praise.” (Kidner). “The badger is a misnomer for the hyrax, a small and shy rock-dweller (cf. They may sing among the branches the birds have a home so may. The services we are shown his marvelous works of creation s work, the psalm is wholly bestowed that. 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