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  • His Many Works (Psalm 104:19~35) Oct 19, 2018
    Views 0 Update Oct 19, 2018 Speakers Stephen Cha

    19 The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.
    20 You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
    21 The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God.
    22 The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.
    23 Then man goes out to his work, to his labor until evening.
    24 How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
    25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number -- living things both large and small.
    26 There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.
    27 These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time.
    28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; 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 Spirit, 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 who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
    33 I will sing to the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
    34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the LORD.
    35 But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD.

     

     

    Reflection

    In Awe of the Creator (104:19–26)

    God made the moon to mark the seasons. He made the sun to give us light. He made the earth and every living creature, including the fierce and powerful lions that cannot receive their food without Him. Everything is orchestrated by the LORD and the universe cannot function without God. It is His providence that allows animals to frolic in the seas and sustains people to go to work and labor until evening. The psalmist praises God because everything is designed according to His wisdom, and it is under His sovereignty. Everything is made for God’s glory, and just by looking at the order in creation, we too can stand in awe of the One who made it all!

     

    When was the last time you paused to marvel at all that God has created? How can you praise Him today for the amazing order and design in creation?

     

    Sing to the LORD! (104:27–35)

    The LORD deserves the highest praise, for all creatures look to Him for food, and His people are satisfied with good things from His hands. Praise is the only right response to God’s sustaining grace in our lives. However, there are those who fail to recognize this grace and continue in their wicked ways. They have hardened their hearts against God and would rather indulge in their sin than receive the love of God. They will face judgment for their sin, but those who repent and turn back to Him will recognize all that God has done for creation. His people will sing praises to the LORD all their lives and worship Him for all eternity.

     

    How often do you sing praises to God? How can you encourage others to turn away from their sin and join in singing His praises?

     

     

    A letter to God 

    Father, thank you for guiding and sustaining all of creation. Thank you for Your gracious hand providing for Your people. I desire to sing Your praises all of my life and worship You alone. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

     

     

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