Psalm 104: Creator and Provider

What does God think of half-hearted prayer?

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Psalm 104:1 With all that is within me, I praise my Lord God, who is supremely great, clothed with majestic splendor.
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Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Where did God get his building plan for creation?

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Psalm 104:2–3 Surrounded by light, you spread the sky like a tent. You set the beams of your upper room on the waters above. With the clouds as your chariot, you ride the wings of the wind.
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Psalm 104:2–3 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

What qualifies a person to be a “messenger of God”?

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Psalm 104:4 You send your messengers with the wind of the Spirit, your servants with tongues of fire.
Acts 4:13 The leaders marveled at the eloquent words of Peter and John, uneducated men of Galilee who had no schooling under Temple rabbis. Obviously, their boldness had come from their being with Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:3 First, I told you about Jesus, who fulfilled God’s promise that he would die to free you from sin.
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Psalm 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;/div>

If there will be a new Earth, how is it that the foundation will never be “shaken”?

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Psalm 104:5 You set Earth on a sure foundation so it can never be shaken.
Hebrews 12:27 All creation will be shaken so only that which cannot be shaken will remain.
2 Peter 3:13 But we eagerly anticipate a new world of righteousness, from the skies above to the earth below.
Revelation 21:1 I saw a new earth, sea, and sky, because the old had passed away.
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Psalm 104:5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
Hebrews 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

A flood covering the entirety of Earth is a scientific phenomenon. What do you think actually happened?

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Psalm 104:6–9 Like a garment, you covered the land with deep waters that rose above the mountains. But at your thunderous rebuke, the waters retreated. The mountains rose, and the valleys descended to their appointed place.
You set limits to prevent a deluge from ever covering the earth again.
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Psalm 104:6–9 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

To what extent is God involved in keeping the earth fruitful?

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Genesis 2:15 The Lord God put the man in the garden of Eden to cultivate and care for it.
Psalm 104:10–15 You made the mountain streams and caused springs to gush forth in the valleys, quenching the thirst of wild animals and all that live in the land.
Birds build their nests near the waters and sing from the trees.
From your home above, you water the mountains and make the earth fruitful. You cause grass to grow for the cattle and plants for people to cultivate and harvest so they all live off the land.
Wine makes us happy, olive oil is good for the skin, and food makes us healthy and strong.
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Genesis 2:15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
Psalm 104:10–15 He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.

How much concern do people have for the environment?

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Psalm 104:16–18 Like the cedars flourishing in Lebanon, Lord, your trees are full of life. The birds make their nests there. Herons roost in the fir trees.
Wild goats roam the high mountains, and the rocks are a refuge for small animals.
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Psalm 104:16–18 The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

How important is the cycle of day and night?

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Psalm 104:19–23 The moon marks the seasons, and the sun knows when to rise and set. You make the darkness of night, when the beasts of the forest come out. Lions roar and hunt their prey, seeking food from God. When the sun rises, they gather to rest in their dens. People go to work in the morning and leave in the evening.
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Psalm 104:19–23 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

What are God’s greatest miracles of creation?

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Psalm 104:24 How varied are your many miracles, Lord. In supreme wisdom you have made all things. The world is full of your marvelous creations.
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Psalm 104:24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Does God’s creation continue to depend on him? Why?

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Psalm 104:25–30 The oceans are vast and deep, filled with countless creatures, both big and small. The ships traverse the waters where the whales play.
All your creation depend upon you, waiting for your provision at the proper time. When they gather, you open your hand and satisfy them with good things. If you turn away, they are terrified. When you take away their breath, they die and return to dust.
Your breath brings life to your creatures and causes the land to flourish.
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Psalm 104:25–30 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

What will cause God’s glory to endure forever?

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Psalm 104:31 May your glory, Lord, endure forever. May you be well pleased with all you have done.
John 17:4 I have glorified you on Earth by completing the work you gave me to do.
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Psalm 104:31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.)

Should people be comforted or frightened by God’s look and touch? Why?

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Psalm 104:32 You look at Earth and it trembles. Touch the mountains and they erupt with smoke.
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Psalm 104:32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

Why should praising God be a lifelong venture?

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Psalm 104:33 For as long as I live, Lord God, I will praise you in song.
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Psalm 104:33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

How do we benefit from meditation?

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Psalm 104:34 As I meditate upon you, Lord, my pleasant thoughts bring rejoicing.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, my friends, focus your thoughts on what is true, honorable, and right—those things that are clean, loving, and respectable. Look for the good, not the bad, what you can praise instead of what you might condemn. Make those thoughts topmost in your mind.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon what the Lord would have you do, completely surrendering yourself to his will so others will benefit from your relationship with him.
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Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

Why doesn’t God rid Earth of its wicked people?

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Psalm 104:35 Let the wicked be destroyed so they are no longer seen on Earth.
With my whole being, I praise you, Lord.
I give you praise.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promise, not like some people think. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, giving time for everyone to repent.
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Psalm 104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Praise ye the Lord.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.