Psalm 104:1-4


"Bless the Lord, O my soul.

   O Lord my God, you are very great.

You are clothed with honour and majesty, 

   wrapped in light as with a garment.

You stretch out the heavens like a tent, 

   you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,

you make the clouds your chariot,

   you ride on the wings of the wind, 

you make the winds your messengers,

   fire and flame your ministers" (Psalm 104:1-4).


The entirety of Psalm 104 is a song of praise for God as the creator of all things. Its imagery in these first verses differs wildly from the two stories of Creation in Genesis; it's more evocative of other mythologies. The psalmist is in awe of the totality of life—the light, the sky, the water, clouds, wind, and fire. It's easy to get so focused on the joys and challenges of our individual lives that we lose our awareness of the vast creative energy of which we are a part. It's important to take time to stand in awe of the All.


Rev. Ed