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)

O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it. These all look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works, who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke! I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more! Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD!

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