Meditating on God in Creation | Psalm 104

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This is a podcast episode titled, Meditating on God in Creation | Psalm 104. The summary for this episode is: Nothing will lift up your soul more than God-exalting worship. You were created to derive your glory and identity from God’s glory and identity. And whenever you disassociate your existence from the worship of God, you are disconnected in some way even from your own soul. That’s why to worship God, to lift your eyes to him, to incline your heart to him, sometimes you first have to speak to yourself and tell yourself to worship God. To praise God. There’s a real you that needs to guide your brain and body into the real narrative of God’s glory and presence through worship. So one thing important that we do in worship is speak to our own soul. That’s what David does in Psalm 103. And that’s the first and last thing we see again in Psalm 104. But in this Psalm the emphasis is on meditating on the I AM by noticing creation. Jesus does exactly this in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206%3A26&version=NIV (Matthew 6:26) when he tells us to “look at the birds of the air”, and again in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206%3A28-34&version=NIV (Matthew 6:28), “see how the flowers of the field grow.” Like Psalm 104, Jesus meditated on God by seeing how creation reflects his wisdom, glory and care. We’ve all been indoctrinated by the permeating narrative of naturalism. Creation dissociated from God. Psalm 104 reminds us to remind ourselves what Jesus knew: all creation reflects God’s wisdom, glory, and care. Psalm 104 ESV 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.  3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;  4 he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.  5 He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.  6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.  7 At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.  8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.  9 You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.  10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills;  11 they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.  12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.  13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.  14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth  15 and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.  16 The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.  17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.  18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.  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 away and lie down in their dens.  23 Man goes out to his work and 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...

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Nothing will lift up your soul more than God-exalting worship. You were created to derive your glory and identity from God’s glory and identity. And whenever you disassociate your existence from the worship of God, you are disconnected in some way even from your own soul. That’s why to worship God, to lift your eyes to him, to incline your heart to him, sometimes you first have to speak to yourself and tell yourself to worship God. To praise God. There’s a real you that needs to guide your brain and body into the real narrative of God’s glory and presence through worship. So one thing important that we do in worship is speak to our own soul. That’s what David does in Psalm 103. And that’s the first and last thing we see again in Psalm 104. But in this Psalm the emphasis is on meditating on the I AM by noticing creation. Jesus does exactly this in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206%3A26&version=NIV (Matthew 6:26) when he tells us to “look at the birds of the air”, and again in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%206%3A28-34&version=NIV (Matthew 6:28), “see how the flowers of the field grow.” Like Psalm 104, Jesus meditated on God by seeing how creation reflects his wisdom, glory and care. We’ve all been indoctrinated by the permeating narrative of naturalism. Creation dissociated from God. Psalm 104 reminds us to remind ourselves what Jesus knew: all creation reflects God’s wisdom, glory, and care. Psalm 104 ESV 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2 covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.  3 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind;  4 he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.  5 He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved.  6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.  7 At your rebuke they fled; at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.  8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.  9 You set a boundary that they may not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.  10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills;  11 they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.  12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.  13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.  14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth  15 and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.  16 The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.  17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.  18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.  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 away and lie down in their dens.  23 Man goes out to his work and 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...