Today’s faithful daily read is ps 104
“Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty”
As I read this beautiful psalm again I thought, “you know, this psalm could end right there and it would be profound enough”. And yet the writer moves through the most exquisite metaphor.
“The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment”
Our God who is inapproachable light. Our saviour who is the light of the world… Light is like light is a garment for Him, even light conceals the extent of His glory.
“he stretches out the heavens like a tent
3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
and rides on the wings of the wind.
4 He makes winds his messengers,
flames of fire his servants”
For an indescribable God, the psalmist is making a pretty good fist of describing Him. But then he holds back his poetry and allows the works of God describe God in vv 5-30.
13 “He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate –
bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts”
The psalmist caps off his creation concerto with,
“How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures”
“All creatures look to you
to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground”
As one who has just had his breath taken away hiking though the New Zealand Alps last week, this little, little creature cries out with the psalmist this morning,
May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works –
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
and the wicked be no more.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Praise the Lord”
Always humbled and amazed, (when I am not too busy and proud to slow down and contemplate the wonder of our God)…