Dec. 23. Psalms of Praise and Thanksgiving

Ps. 104:1-35; 107:1-43

“Bless the Lord, O my soul!” The psalmist continued from that exclamation of praise to a highly figurative account of God’s creation of the earth and how it provides for its inhabitants. He began by describing God as light and proclaiming His universal presence. A poetic description of the separation of water from land to form the seas and streams to provide for man and animals shows His providential care for His creation. All things necessary for the sustaining of life are provided, but if God were to hide His face from His creation, it would die. The writer closed his psalm with a description of God’s glory and a prayer for the elimination of sin from the earth. “Bless the Lord, O my soul! Praise the Lord!”

The Lord has seen His people in all kinds of distress and oppression brought about by their own haughty disobedience to His commandments. However, when they turned to Him in humble repentance and obedience, He rescued them and gave them peace. The same salvation and peace are available to penitent man today except in a greater measure than that received by the Israelites. We have the forgiving blood of Christ to take our sins away completely. The psalmist was profuse in his thanks for God’s goodness for His people. “For His mercy endures forever.”

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