READ : Psalm 104
May the Lord rejoice in his works. (v. 31)
For poetic grandeur Psalm 104 is unmatched. The psalmist’s words dance, whisper, and sing off the page, proclaiming nature as a sort of garment that shows off God’s power and majesty.
In stately phrases we are reminded of what he has done. By design he separates the sea from dry land, giving shape to the mountains and valleys (vv. 5-9). With care he makes provisions for the animals, birds, and humans who inhabit their rightful places (vv. 10-18). And with tactical precision, he sets the sun and moon in orbit so that the rhythm of our journey can be marked by time (vv. 19-23).
As a piece of literature Psalm 104 is magnificent. More importantly, it points us squarely toward the glory of God. As Creator, God is not part of nature as Eastern pantheistic philosophies hold. Our God is above it. The Lord is wholly separate from his creation, as an artist is distinct from his art—yet one reflects the soul of the other. Gazing upon nature with eyes open wide, we can almost catch a glimpse of God’s face, or at least the hem of his garment. But in Jesus, we see God in the flesh (John 12:45)
Through the works of your hands, Lord, we can see your glory. Thank you for creation but most especially, thank you for your Son.