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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 104

od's majesty in the heavens, The creation of the sea, and the dry land. (1-9) His provision for all creatures. (10-18) The regular course of day and night, and God's sovereign power over all the creatures. (19-30) A resolution to continue praising God. (31-35)

Verses 1-9: Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is the Light of the world.

Verses 10-18: When we reflect upon the provision made for all creatures, we should also notice the natural worship they render to God. Yet man, forgetful ungrateful man, enjoys the largest measure of his Creator's kindness. the earth, varying in different lands. Nor let us forget spiritual blessings; the fruitfulness of the church through grace, the bread of everlasting life, the cup of salvation, and the oil of gladness. Does God provide for the inferior creatures, and will he not be a refuge to his people?

Verses 19-30: We are to praise and magnify God for the constant succession of day and night. And see how those are like to the wild beasts, who wait for the twilight, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Does God listen to the language of mere nature, even in ravenous creatures, and shall he not much more interpret favourably the language of grace in his own people, though weak and broken groanings which cannot be uttered? There is the work of every day, which is to be done in its day, which man must apply to every morning, and which he must continue in till evening; it will be time enough to rest when the night comes, in which no man can work. The psalmist wonders at the works of God. The works of art, the more closely they are looked upon, the more rough they appear; the works of nature appear more fine and exact. They are all made in wisdom, for they all answer the end they were designed to serve. Every spring is an emblem of the resurrection, when a new world rises, as it were, out of the ruins of the old one. But man alone lives beyond death. When the Lord takes away his breath, his soul enters on another state, and his body will be raised, either to glory or to misery. May the Lord send forth his Spirit, and new-create our souls to holiness.

Verses 31-35: Man's glory is fading; God's glory is everlasting: creatures change, but with the Creator there is no variableness. And if mediation on the glories of creation be so sweet to the soul, what greater glory appears to the enlightened mind, when contemplating the great work of redemption! There alone can a sinner perceive ground of confidence and joy in God. While he with pleasure upholds all, governs all, and rejoices in all his works, let our souls, touched by his grace, meditate on and praise him.


David Burnette's Life Application

He has the Whole World is in His Hands


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 104. In our text today we see a theme of appreciating God through His creation. God not only creates, but maintains his creation. In making application we see how the Lord has the Whole World in His Hands and cares for it's amazing balance that allows us to live. As a child we sang the song "He has the Whole World in His Hands" and we can see that truth today with the amazing provision of our Lord to this planet in which we live. How about You? Do you see the amazing provision in this world in which we live. Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that Our Lord truly has the Whole World in Hands and is worth of praise for His Creation.

 

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Psalm 104

Psalm 104

 1Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

 2Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

 3Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

 4Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

 5Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

 6Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

 7At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

 8They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

 9Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

 10He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

 11They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

 12By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

 13He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

 14He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

 15And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

 16The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

 17Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

 18The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

 19He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

 20Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

 21The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

 22The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

 23Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

 24O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

 25So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

 26There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

 27These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

 28That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

 29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

 30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

 31The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.

 32He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

 33I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

 34My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

 35Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.