All Life Comes From God

In 1863 President Lincoln designated April 30th as a day of fasting, and prayer. The proclamation he read on that occasion: “It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, who owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgression … More

Dependence

The psalmist continues to praise the Lord for all of His creation. The ocean is alive with creatures large and small (v. 24). Water seems to be a predominant theme in this psalm (vv. 25-26). In the sea the ships move freely but for the whale it is his playground (v. 26). All life come from God and He actively concerns Himself with what we call ecology (vv. 27-30).

In the closing verses of this chapter the writer has a threefold closing word:

  1. A word about Greatness - Theories of generations come and go, but because of the remarkable creation of God, “The glory of God shall endure forever” (v. 3l). Mount Sinai quaked and smoked at the presence of God (v. 32) as evidenced through His creation.
  2. A word about Gladness - The psalmist says He will sing unto the Lord as long as he lives.  When he thinks of the eternal promises, pledges, and guarantees of God he can sing, even though the penalties for sin still have to be faced (vv. 33-34).
  3. A word about Government - The writer speaks of the sinner being consumed and the wicked being no more (v. 35). Sin is a personal thing, and cannot be judged in its process without being judged in the person.

Application

Many today are arrogant enough to think they don’t need God but our every breath depends on Him. Not only do I depend on God for my very life but I also must depend on Him for my way of life.

Psalms 104:24-35 (English Standard Version)


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