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Our reading from Psalm 104 speaks to the reality of God’s provision in both life and death. Here the Lord is the one who provides all nature with food, satisfying the world. He is also, in verse 29, the Lord over the end of life. A world without God is barren and desolate. Yet God has never been satisfied with a sterile and barren world. In verse 30 He renews the world by breathing life into it. How powerful is this God? In verse 32 He is the one who makes the world tremble by his look, who makes volcanoes out of mountains by touching them.
This is really an intimidating God. He has the power of life and death. He is so powerful He could blot us all out quite easily. How will we react to this kind of a God? In verses 33-34 the Psalmist sings out in praise to God. Far from being intimidated and terrified, he recognizes that this is the God who enjoys feeding the world, creating life, and restoring His people to Himself. In verse 35 the plea goes out. May sinners vanish! But how? By trusting and depending on the God who provides for those who wait for Him. Here is God revealed in His mercy and love. We, with the Psalmist, can rightly sing the praises of God. He is surely the good Lord.
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