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Psalms 104-106

6/16/2020

A Devotional Journey    
     led by Dr Gene Pearson  
Thru the Bible in a Year
 
        Psalm 104 focuses on the creation God has established.  Rather than concentrating on human beings or angels, the writer presents God's majesty as revealed in light, the heavens, the wind and the clouds.   God's power both to create and control His creation can never be challenged; the limits He sets can never be overcome.  His creation of and care for animals simply adds to His majesty.  The writer's prayer (34-35) is that he please God and that those who do not be destroyed.
        Psalm 105 reminds the Israelites of their heritage and need to praise.  Framed in the language of the covenant God has established, through their ancestor Abraham, with His people, the song calls worshipers to reflect on all God has done (and is therefore capable of doing!).  It is a celebration of God's goodness in the past and an implicit call to trust Him forever.
        Psalm 106 confesses the inescapable guilt of God=s people and asks God's forgiveness and grace be applied to their lives.  Verse 47 implies a time after the exile in 586 B.C.  The song may have been composed by a Levite, which would explain the absence of any superscription:  this is not the inspiration of some famous person, but the work of one who has spent his life in God=s service.
 
        It is truly amazing to look out at God's creation and realize how far it extends beyond our capacity to either understand or control.  In a sense, the universe is a larger expression of our own lives . . . whose emotions, urges and responses are also often beyond our total understanding or control.
        Yet God did create all this.  Therefore, He is able in ways we are not.  When our hearts are broken, our spirits defeated and our minds confused, He has the capacity to heal, revive and refocus our lives.  This is the basis of our hope.  Because of Jesus Christ and the lengths to which He was willing to go (including His own death on the Cross) in order to bring us back to God, we can be sure He cares for us more than could ever be imagined or expressed by our words.
        Today let your own experience of God's goodness and love draw you closer to Him.  As you face your first problem, remind yourself that There is nothing you and God can't accomplish today, because God can do anything and He has made it clear He wants to help us.  That is worth thanksgiving and praise; it should also become a source of confidence, patience and joy.
 
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010