Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Psalm 104

Psalm 104 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.  It is known as the "creation psalm" as it speaks of just a few of the many beautiful things God has created.  It is truly poetic and is written in such a way that I can build a mental picture in my mind as I read through the chapter.

Yesterday, as I looked around our place in the hills, I realized that even though the rain for the past few weeks has had a negative affect on my personal outlook, it left a transformation of beautiful new buds and blooms in God's creation.  As the saying goes...."April showers bring May flowers."  This Psalm reflected my inner joy of seeing God's creation come to life again.

Sunrise in Space

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
2 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
4 he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.

5 He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
9 You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills;
11 they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15 and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man’s heart. 
16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.

California Redwoods

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal away
and lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work

and to his labor until the evening. 
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.


27 These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,

and you renew the face of the ground.
Pink Ranunculus

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!


  1. Great post sis!
    I am right with you! Nothing good seemed to come from this nasty weather, but looking outside there is suddenly green buds and color finally adorning creation:)
    btw...I love the pics:)
    Love you!

  2. Good Evening Miss Devin,

    When I read your comment about the weather, it reminded me of this past Wednesday. I was working at a property that had deep water shoreline (no beach, just rocky cliffs). It was cloudy and foggy out, but it hadn't started raining yet. The water was choppy and the waves were crashing up against the rocks along the cliffs. The view was absolutely breathtaking! I am kicking myself for not have bringing my camera along!

    Our Lord has certainly not left Himself without witness, as He has given us rain so we can enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers he has created. By the way, I also agree with Miss Cassie. The pictures you used were great. They really helped bring out the beauty of this Psalm.

    God Bless,