Have you ever stopped to consider how wondrous God is?
As we look into the Word of God in this lesson, we will gain some valuable insight about God.
I will use Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (copyright - The Lockman Foundation) for our study.
Our Scripture text will be Psalms 104
Please sit back and let your heart and spirit take in this marvelous Psalm.
Psalm 104:1 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my
soul! O Lord my God, You are very great! You are clothed with
honor and majesty--
Psalm 104:2 [You are the One] Who covers Yourself with light as
with a garment, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain or a
Do you have a mental picture of God in your mind?
I have tried, but I haven’t been able to do it. God said HE is clothed with honor and majesty. I don’t know how to picture honor and majesty. What does that look like?
In the next verse we see that God covers Himself with light as a garment. Have you considered that there is a whole spectrum of colors in light. Have you seen light that strikes a prism? All the colors are there. On one end of the spectrum is red and at the other end is blue. All the colors are there in between those two. Is it possible that God is full of brilliant color? How beautiful HE must look.
HE stretched out the heavens like a curtain or a tent. That is a short statement, but think about all that it means.
All the galaxies of the universe are included. Every galaxy has it’s own unique design and beauty. Have you ever seen the pictures taken by the Hubble telescope? They are breathtaking in beauty.
Each of them is full of heavenly bodies that are in motion. We keep trying to improve our ability to see to the edge of the universe, yet each time we find that there is more beyond what we have seen.
How big is God that He stretched out the universe so that there is no end?
Let’s learn some more:
Psalm 104:3 Who lays the beams of the upper room of His abode in
the waters [above the firmament], Who makes the clouds His
chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind,
Psalm 104:4 Who makes winds His messengers, flames of fire His
God created heaven far above anything we can see. His abode is above all the universe. We think of the universe as infinite, yet He is above it all.
We see that God can control the clouds, wind and fire. They will do His bidding when He commands it.
Psalm 104:5 You laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not
be moved forever.
The stories you have heard about the end of the world were greatly exaggerated. As you can see, the foundations of the earth shall never be moved. Not ever. We have had men in space, orbiting the earth, yet none ever saw the earths’ foundations.
The earth spins at a certain speed, maintaining the same length of day and night. It orbits the sun the same as it always has. It maintains a certain “tilt” causing the seasons we know and expect every year. The moon revolves around the earth so precisely that our calendars even show the expected phases of the moon. Even the oceans tides are listed in the newspapers printed near the beaches.
Isn’t it amazing that this continues as it has all our lives – for thousands of years? What a foundation God laid for the earth.
Psalm 104:6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
Psalm 104:7 At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
Psalm 104:8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which You appointed for them.
Psalm 104:9 You have set a boundary [for the waters] which they may not pass over, that they turn not again to deluge the earth.
The waters once were higher than the mountains. We know the account of the great flood. We have heard about Noah and his family being saved along with all the living creatures aboard the Ark.
We see that God has set a boundary for the waters. He has caused the mountains to rise and the valleys to sink. You also noticed that this happens at the sound of His voice. We know that the Scriptures proclaim that God spoke all things into existence.
Psalm 104:10 He sends forth springs into the valleys; their waters
run among the mountains.
Psalm 104:11 They give drink to every [wild] beast of the field; the
wild asses quench their thirst there.
Psalm 104:12 Beside them the birds of the heavens have their nests;
they sing among the branches.
Psalm 104:13 He waters the mountains from His upper rooms; the
earth is satisfied and abounds with the fruit of His works.
Psalm 104:14 He causes vegetation to grow for the cattle, and all
that the earth produces for man to cultivate, that he may bring
forth food out of the earth--
Psalm 104:15 And wine that gladdens the heart of man, to make his
face shine more than oil, and bread to support, refresh, and
strengthen man's heart.
God causes water to spring forth from the earth. He gives water to all things to quench their thirst. He causes the ground to put forth vegetation to provide food. All creatures, including mankind depend on God for life. He sustains all living things with the fruit of His works.
Have you ever tasted fresh spring water? Even the temperature is cold so that it refreshes and satisfies. The variety He has provided is such that we enjoy our food. Is there anything more satisfying than cold, clean water? Or what about fresh fruits and vegetables?
Psalm 104:16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly and are
filled with sap, the cedars of Lebanon which He has planted,
Psalm 104:17 Where the birds make their nests; as for the stork, the
fir trees are her house.
Psalm 104:18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks
are a refuge for the conies and badgers.
Every creature has been provided a place to live. Has God forgotten any? He caused the trees to have a root system that can go down deep to find water. How marvelous is His design!! The trees and plants take carbon dioxide and change it into oxygen for us to breathe. They actually clean the air for us. The birds make their nests in the trees and live safely.
Psalm 104:19 [The Lord] appointed the moon for the seasons; the
sun knows [the exact time of] its setting.
Psalm 104:20 You [O Lord] make darkness and it becomes night, in
which creeps forth every wild beast of the forest.
Psalm 104:21 The young lions roar after their prey and seek their
food from God.
Psalm 104:22 When the sun arises, they withdraw themselves and
lie down in their dens.
Psalm 104:23 Man goes forth to his work and remains at his task
The sun and moon have appointed times to cause the seasons. Do we not depend on those appointed times? Our birthdays and anniversaries, the days of the week, the weeks of the month are ways we regulate our lives. Even certain times of day… like lunch at work or quitting time?
The animals of the night arise when it gets dark and creep around to get their food. God provides for them.
Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how many and varied are Your works! In
wisdom have You made them all; the earth is full of Your riches
and Your creatures.
We have considered many things already, but we are not finished. There is so much more to make us stand in awe of God.
Psalm 104:25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, in which are
swarms of innumerable creeping things, creatures both small and
Psalm 104:26 There go the ships of the sea, and Leviathan (the sea
monster), which You have formed to sport in it.
Psalm 104:27 These all wait and are dependent upon You, that You
may give them their food in due season.
Psalm 104:28 When You give it to them, they gather it up; You open
Your hand, and they are filled with good things.
Psalm 104:29 When You hide Your face, they are troubled and
dismayed; when You take away their breath, they die and return to
Psalm 104:30 When You send forth Your Spirit and give them
breath, they are created, and You replenish the face of the
The seas and oceans are so big and are full of life. Some of them are so tiny you can’t see them without the help of a microscope - and some are very large. The variety of life in the seas is amazing. God sustains them all.
All of them look to God for life. When God takes away their breath they die. That is an awesome thought to consider. Every breath comes from God. We depend upon God even more than we realize don’t we?
God gives breath and replenishes the earth. By His Spirit He keeps things going. He keeps us going by His Spirit too, doesn’t He?
Psalm 104:31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the
Lord rejoice in His works--
Psalm 104:32 Who looks on the earth, and it quakes and trembles,
Who touches the mountains, and they smoke!
Psalm 104:33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise
to my God while I have any being.
Psalm 104:34 May my meditation be sweet to Him; as for me, I will
rejoice in the Lord.
Psalm 104:35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the
wicked be no more. Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the
Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
God is so awesome. We must give Him all the glory and praise. We must acknowledge Him in what we do. He is so deserving of our worship.
Is your heart filled with wonder and awe for God?
Do you think of that?
Allow the Holy Spirit to touch your heart and soul. Let your heart be thankful that the God who is so awesome, also loves you and me.
Even when things do not go the way we want them to, can we give Him praise and thanksgiving for the love He gives us? He does all that we just read about for us. How great is His love.
Do not whine and grumble about things. Give thanks instead with your whole heart. Let yourself be in wonder of HIM.
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