Verse 1 – Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,
Verse 2 – Who covers Yourself with light as with a garment, who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.
Light, the first created element, dispels darkness and reveals evil.
Verse 3 – He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, who makes the clouds His chariot, who walks on the wings of the wind,
Verse 4 – Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.
Verse 5 – You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever,
God built it, so God is the only one who can destroy it. One day there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1). God also built a foundation of faith and trust in Jesus Christ, that the gates of hell shall not prevail (Matthew 16:18).
Verse 6 – You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.
Verse 7 – At Your rebuke they fled; at the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
Verse 8 – They went up over the mountains; they went down into the valleys, to the place which You founded for them.
These verse, describes the earth covered by water, covering the mountains (Genesis 7:18-20). At God’s rebuke the waters receded, uncovering the mountains and valleys.
Verse 9 – You have set a boundary that they may not pass over, that they may not return to cover the earth.
The Lord then made a covenant with Noah saying, “Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth (Genesis (:11).”
Then God gave us the “Rainbow.” Genesis 9:13-15 – (verse 13) “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.”
Let me show you something about the rainbow many don’t know: Revelation 4:3 – And He who sat there was like jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. It’s the only place there is a full rainbow!
Verse 10 – He sends the springs into the valleys, which flow among the hills.
Verse 11 – They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Verse 12 – By them the birds of the heavens have their habitation; they sing among the branches.
Verse 13 – He waters the hills from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
You can see the Master’s hand at work in these verses. He directs the brooks and streams to flow down into the valleys to supply His creatures with water and the vegetation to flourish. Our creator covers it all by His mighty hand. If He can supply the beast of the fields with food and water, can He not do the same for us? Yes, He can, and more! God knows every need we have before we even ask. Are we not more valuable than a best of the field and a sparrow that falls to the ground (Matthew 10:31)?
Verses 14 – He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, and vegetation for the service of man, that he may bring forth food from the earth,
Verse 15 – And wine that makes glad the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread which strengthens man’s heart.
Verse 16 – The trees of the Lord are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
Verse 17 – Where the birds make their nest; the stork has her home in the fir trees.
Verse 18 – The high hills are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.
The Bible says in Romans 1:20 that all that God has done through His creation is enough for anyone to clearly see, “We have a loving Creator.”
Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they (man) are without excuse.
Verse 19 – He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.
Verse 20 – You make darkness, and it is night, in which all the best of the forest creep out.
Verse 21 – The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God.
Verse 22 – When the sun arises, they gather together and lie down in their dens.
Verse 23 – Man goes out to his work and to labor until evening.
This instinct of nature to hunt their prey was all created by a God who knows how to provide for His own.
Verse 24 – O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions.
I think too often we get caught up in working and always doing, to ever just stop and admire what an all-knowing, full of wisdom God has created all around us, to enjoy. He didn’t create 2 creatures alike with the same personality. Maybe we should accept people with different ideas and talents the way we know that each pet we have are all different. God made each one of us unique.
Verse 25 – This great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great.
Verse 26 – There the ships sail about; and there is that Leviathan which You have made to play there (Job 41:1).
The Leviathan refers to the large sea creature that would play in the water.
Verse 27 – These all wait for You, that You may give them their food in due season.
Verse 28 – What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
Verse 29 – You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
Verse 30 – You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the earth.
God has supreme, ultimate power over the entire universe. He creates; He preserves; He governs. Is He not sufficient to handle our lives? Look what verse 30 says; He sends forth His spirit and they are created – all things!
Verse 31 – May the glory of the Lord endure forever; May the Lord rejoice in His works.
Verse 32 – He looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills and they smoke.
Verse 33 – I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
Verse 34 – May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.
Verse 35 – May sinners be consumed from the earth, and the wicked be no more, Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!
Sometimes the psalmist can be very blunt. I think a lot of us are afraid to come right out and say what the Bible says what will happen to those without Christ. We expect people to figure it out on their own.
I try very hard to speak the truth of what the Bible says about what will happen after death to all those who have not believed in Jesus. Please, keep this in mind though: It is not God’s will that anyone should die and go to hell. He has given each one of us a choice, choose life.