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>Psalm 104:19-35

In Psalms, Theology on August 28, 2007 by mstevensrev

>19 He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
20 You make darkness, and it is night,when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 The young lions roar for their prey,seeking their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they steal awayand lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his workand to his labor until the evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!In wisdom have you made them all;the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,which teems with creatures innumerable,living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
27 These all look to you,to give them their food in due season.
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;when you take away their breath, they dieand return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;may the Lord rejoice in his works,
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,who touches the mountains and they smoke!
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,for I rejoice in the Lord.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,and let the wicked be no more!Bless the Lord, O my soul!Praise the Lord!

In worship we give God credit for everything. Since the Psalms are a song book for worship it is no wonder that they continually talk about all that God has done. Seasons, sun, moon, darkness, night it all becomes a laundry list for the poet. And in it is us. We are the ones going out into all that God has put together and working in it, playing in it, loving in it.

We get to be a part of this entire story. The image we are given in nature are powerful for the original readers. It seems these images only become powerful for us when a hurricane hits, a earthquake happens, or something awful happens. Most of the time we pretend we have it in control. One good things about the psalms it reminds us of when we weren’t so in control (or pretended to be), and that is one way to lead us to worship. This morning as I sit in Top Pot Donut I wonder what imagry would be fitting for us now.

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