The Foundation Work of Creation

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is destined to fall some day. Scientists travel yearly to measure the building’s slow descent. They report that the 179-foot tower moves about one-twentieth of an inch a year, and is now 17 feet out of plumb. They further estimate that by the ye … More


The earth is built on God’s foundations (v. 5). These foundations established the boundaries of the sea’s reach (vv. 5-8) and also the boundaries of the sea’s rage (v. 9). Psalm 104 presents Him as a God of creation. The psalmist was evidently a man in love with nature’s author and creator. This psalm follows the plan of creation as follows:

  1. Days one and two - (vv. 1-4)
  2. Day three (first half) - (vv. 5-9)
  3. Day three (second half) - (vv. 10-18)
  4. Days four, five and six - (vv. 19-30)
  5. Day seven - (vv. 31-35)

As the psalmist views the creative work of God, in some respects it is even a more striking record than that of Genesis. The first thing God created was light (vv. 1-2). The psalmist speaks of God stretching out the heavens in light, His sovereign control of the deep, His adorning the earth as a dwelling place for man, His arranging night and day for life and His preparing the sea for its life. The Lord formed all the heavenly elements including the clouds, the wind and fire (vv. 3-4). He founded the earth and covered it with the waters (vv. 5-6). The psalmist vividly portrays the Lord’s gathering the waters into rivers and oceans with a boundary line (vv. 7-9). God’s rebuking the waters suggests they were a chaotic force to be conquered (v. 7).


As stated in the beginning, the earth is built on God’s foundation. It can never be moved by anyone other than God. That is why I should never fret or worry but turn all my cares over to Him.

Psalms 104:1-9 (English Standard Version)

Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight. The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.

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