1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Clothed with honor and majesty, and covered with light! What an awesome sight He must be. That is why, when we see Him, we will fall on our faces to worship Him, as John did in Revelation (Rev 1:17). The sight will be too much for our eyes to take in. So here on this earth, we bless His holy name. We lift Him up on high.
It is our God,this awesome God we serve, He who hears our prayers, heals our diseases, inclines His ear to us, loves us with an everlasting love – this God who raised up the heavens with His outstretched arms. He laid the waters in place and rides on the wind and the clouds. He made the angels to be ministering spirits to us. Our God laid the foundations of the earth forever. Have you ever let that really sink in – just how powerful and awesome our God is, and yet He cares for us. I can only relate it to perhaps this analogy – imagine Bill Gates, who basically created the personal computer would take time off from his job at a moments notice to come and hear your request and fill your needs, whatever they were. He was at your very beck and call, 24/7/365. Now f someone told me that, I would say “Ya, right”, because I know that would never happen. But we have a God who is much bigger, much more powerful and much more glorious who does exactly that for us, and promises to do it for our entire life. Isn’t He awesome!
6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
The waters were place strategically on the earth by Him. He set the bounds of those waters, and despite what global warming and climate change experts say, the waters will never go past the boundaries that God allows, because He sets those boundaries. We can be assured of that. He set the springs the earth where they were needed to provide water got the animals and birds. He is the one who set the place where rivers begin and set the direction they flow. It is God that satisfies the earth with water.
I think of the water of the Word, the living water that Christ provides. He told us that we will never thirst if we partake of His living water (John 4:14). He gives us His word to wash and cleanse us (Eph 5:26) The word of God never grows old. I am always amazed as I read through the scripture how a passage that I skim over one day will minister so greatly to me the next day. That s why Jesus said it is a Living word – it speaks to our need each and every day if we take the time to read and meditate on it. I have so enjoyed this study in Psalms because He has spoken to me every day while doing this. What an awesome God we serve!
14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
Now He talks about the provision of food for the animals. God set all this in motion back in Genesis when he created the trees and bushes (Gen 1:12) way a few days before the animals. His provision for them and for us was there before they were created. That is how God works. The animals know this – they never worry about where they will find food. They know God has provided for them already
The provision for our needs is already there – we just need to walk into it. God has not forgotten what needs we have, He knows them before we have need of them, and He provides for that need way ahead of time. It is up to us to gather up our faith, and ask for that provision. He knows we have need, but His desire is for us to see Him as the provider and ask Him. If He just laid it all out before us like a buffet, we would never need faith to have that provision, and our reliance on God would go steadily downhill. Our faith would falter, and we would turn away from God. God supplies it all, my friend. Never forget that!
19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
He controls the sun, moon and stars. He makes the darkness at night. There is nothing that He does not control. We do not have to worry if the sun is going to come up tomorrow, or if the galaxies will be in place. God has all that taken care of. We can depend on the tide tables to go fishing because God controls that. We can depend on the moon phases because God controls that. Man has learned to calculate those things and tell us when they will happen,but man does not control it.
Man has also taken it far in thinking that the stars and the moon have some supernatural power over their lives,so that they need to read a horoscope or find out the alignment of the stars to know if it’s a good day to do this or that, or if someone is the right “Sign” for them to date. To me, this is man trying to control the stars, which he will never do. It’s a fairy tale of the highest degree, and I am saddened when I hear of Christians who out so much weight to these things. Put your trust in God, not in His creation.
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
Why do we try to get along without God? Even the beasts of the ocean wait on God. All of creation trusts Him except man. How foolish are we. God opens his hand and we are filled with good. When He hides His face, we are troubled. God takes away our breath and we die. Why do we try to make it on this earth without Him? He is the source of all we need.
Our businesses are failing because they have left the foundation of God, Our schools are failing because they have thrown God out, and our children are told the lie of evolution. They are searching for wisdom, but God is the source of all wisdom.
We are worshiping ourselves, not God. If all the people who profess to be Christian in this country (about 200 million) were truly committed to Christ and living His ways, this would be a different world! We let the slightest thing get under our skin! Why not let God get under our skin instead of Him being just something we show on the outside. It’s time for the church to rise up and take possession of the land! But first we have to put away the God of self, and allow the one true God to reign and rule in our lives.
31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.
His glory will never fade. His power will never subside. He will always rejoice His works, and we should as well. He has done all this for us! It is not a fluke that man was created last. God put all the provision on this earth before He created man so that all His needs would be here waiting. We should shout His praises every time we rise the morning, every time we take a breath every time the sun rises, every time the bird sings – I could go on and on. He did all this for our pleasure. What an awesome God we serve!