The Person of God | Psalm 104:1-9
Today's Passage: Psalm 104:1-9
Key Verses: Psalm 104:1-5
Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.
Perhaps the writer of today's psalm felt the danger of self-focus. Maybe he realized the need to get beyond himself and turn his attention to God. Whatever his circumstances he pushed himself to praise. Like a coach yelling encouragement from the sidelines, he encouraged himself (his soul) to "praise the Lord."
Praising the Lord is not something we conjure up. Notice that the psalmist bases his worship on the person of God. He reminds himself that God is great and majestic. He is the One who "set the earth on its foundations." The psalmist prodded himself to praise by reminding himself of God's person and work.
It is easy to become self-focused. Life hits hard from every direction. Sometimes we withdraw into ourselves to provide needed protection. We put up an emotional shield to defend against painful arrows. The stuff of life often leads us to a place of self-centeredness. This is not unnatural. However, when we stay there too long . . . that's when it gets dangerous. Today it's time for self-exhortation: Praise the Lord, my soul!
Father, coach us by your Spirit to praise you. Help us turn from a self-focus to a life of praise. As we read your Word remind us of who you are and how you work in our lives. Help us to be people of praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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