Who Do You See?

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The psalmist in Psalm 104 calls attention to the beauty of nature and the hand of our Maker. Learn more from this study.

Pray:

Lord, Your beauty is everywhere. Open my eyes to see You behind all the wonders You have made.

Read:

Psalm 104:1-35

Reflect:

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.

Apply:

Look at the night sky, listen to the birds, observe a flower. Take time to reflect upon the hand of God in nature.

Pray:

Nature reflects the beauty of her Maker. You are beautiful, Lord, and I worship You!

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