The psalmist in Psalm 104 calls attention to the beauty of nature and the hand of our Maker. Learn more from this study.
Lord, Your beauty is everywhere. Open my eyes to see You behind all the wonders You have made.
Where does the psalmist call our attention? Why?
This psalm works like a TV nature documentary--panning out to the starry heavens (2,19), zooming in to a stork nesting in a tree top (17). It covers the natural processes of physical geography (5-11), taking us to mountain heights (18) and teeming ocean depths (25,26). Notice where the psalmist places humans (15,23,26). We are just one small part of a mighty whole. Image after image, scene after scene, we are presented with the wonders of the natural world. But, unlike a TV documentary, the psalmist's intention is not to wow us with creation. Look again at the psalm and see how almost every verse features a reference to God ("the Lord," "he," "you"). The psalmist wants us to look at the natural world and recognize the hand of the one who set it in motion (5-9), who dwells within it (2-4) and keeps it all going (10-23).
Looking at what God has done (24; see also Rom. 1:19,20) helps us understand what God is like.
Look at the night sky, listen to the birds, observe a flower. Take time to reflect upon the hand of God in nature.
Nature reflects the beauty of her Maker. You are beautiful, Lord, and I worship You!