Study Guide – Psalm 104:1-9

Psalm104-1-9

Let all that I am praise the Lord.

O Lord my God, how great you are!
You are robed with honor and majesty.
    You are dressed in a robe of light.
You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
    you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds.
You make the clouds your chariot;
you ride upon the wings of the wind.
The winds are your messengers;
flames of fire are your servants.[a]

You placed the world on its foundation
so it would never be moved.
You clothed the earth with floods of water,
water that covered even the mountains.
At your command, the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
Mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels you decreed.
Then you set a firm boundary for the seas,
so they would never again cover the earth. NLT

 

In verse 1, why would the writer have to tell himself to praise the Lord? Why might you need to tell yourself to praise the Lord?

 

What happens between the first line and the second line of verse 1?

 

Read verses 1-9. Why is recognizing creation, and the Lord’s hand behind it, a great avenue directing praise towards the Lord?

 

List each of the aspects of creation that the writer of Psalm 104 mentions.

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

In the next 24 hours, take time to notice the details of creation, both on a macro and micro scale. Let your observations lead you to praise the Lord.

 

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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