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104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
104:2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:
104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
104:6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
104:7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
104:8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
104:9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.
104:10 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
104:11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
104:12 By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
104:13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
104:14 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;
104:15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
104:16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
104:17 Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
104:18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
104:20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.
104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
104:22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.
104:23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
104:27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.
104:28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.
104:29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
104:31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
104:32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
104:33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
104:35 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.

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Everything King James Bible:Psalms
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 104

God's majesty in the heavens, The Creation of The Sea, and the
dry land. (1-9) His provision for all creatures. (10-18) The
regular course of Day and night, and God's sovereign power over
all the creatures. (19-30) A resolution to continue praising
God. (31-35)

1-9 Every object we behold calls On us to Bless and praise the
Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly
shown By the things which he hath made. God is Light, and in him
is No Darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his Love, is
the Light of the world.

10-18 When we reflect upon the provision made for all
creatures, we should also notice the natural Worship they render
to God. Yet Man, forgetful ungrateful Man, enjoys the largest
Measure of his Creator's kindness. the Earth, varying in
different lands. Nor let us forget spiritual blessings; the
fruitfulness of the Church through Grace, the Bread of
Everlasting Life, the Cup of Salvation, and the Oil of gladness.
Does God provide for the inferior creatures, and will he not be
a Refuge to his people?

19-30 We are to praise and magnify God for the constant
succession of Day and night. And see how those are like to the
wild beasts, who wait for the twilight, and have Fellowship with
the unfruitful Works of Darkness. Does God listen to the
language of mere nature, even in ravenous creatures, and shall
he not much more interpret favourably the language of Grace in
his own people, though weak and broken groanings which cannot be
uttered? There is the work of every Day, which is to be done in
its Day, which Man must apply to every morning, and which he
must continue in till Evening; it will be time enough to Rest
when the night comes, in which No Man can work. The psalmist
wonders at the Works of God. The Works of art, the more closely
they are looked upon, the more rough they appear; the Works of
nature appear more fine and exact. They are all made in Wisdom,
for they all answer the End they were designed to serve. Every
Spring is an emblem of the resurrection, when a new world rises,
as it were, out of the ruins of the old one. But Man alone lives
Beyond Death. When the Lord takes away his breath, his soul
enters On another state, and his body will be raised, either to
Glory or to misery. May the Lord send forth his Spirit, and
new-create our souls to Holiness.

31-35 Man's Glory is fading; God's Glory is Everlasting:
creatures change, but with the Creator there is No variableness.
And if mediation On the glories of Creation be So sweet to the
soul, what greater Glory appears to the enlightened mind, when
contemplating the great work of Redemption! There alone can a
sinner perceive ground of confidence and joy in God. While he
with pleasure upholds all, governs all, and rejoices in all his
Works, let our souls, touched By his Grace, meditate On and
praise him.

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