Daily Bible Reading “How Great Thou Art” (Psalm 104:18-35)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 104:18-35. The Psalmist continues to share with us about the creation of the LORD. Do you enjoy looking at God’s creation and marvel at His wondrous works? The Psalmist says, “The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies,” which are a type of rabbit.

He talks about how God created the moon for seasons and to shine its light at night. So, the beasts of the field can hunt for food until the sun rises, then they retreat to their dens. God created the sun to light the day for man so he can work by day and rest at night. Isn’t it amazing how God orchestrated everything to work together?

I love verse twenty-four, which says, “O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” Then, the Psalmist goes on to talk about the vastness of the sea and all the creatures God created who live in the sea.

Think about that for a minute — all the many creatures God created. Consider all the different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of the creatures swim, some fly, some walk on four legs. It’s simply amazing when you think of the vastness of God’s creation.

The ships sail upon the sea and search for food. The LORD gives the fishermen their reward in due time. The fishermen gather from the sea what the LORD blesses them with to feed their families. They sell the rest of their catch to make a living.

When the LORD hides His face from man he becomes afraid, and rightly so. Why would God turn His face away from us? Maybe He would do such a thing because we rebelled against Him and sinned. Maybe He would do it to get our attention. God is the one who gives us breath to live. When He takes away our breath we die and return to the dust from which He created us. God sends His spirit to create more life to replenish the earth. The LORD rejoices over His wondrous works. His glory will endure forever.

When God looks on the earth it trembles. When He touches the mountains they smoke. This reminds me of earthquakes and volcanoes.

The Psalmist declares he will sing and praise the LORD as long as he lives. He will meditate on the LORD and enjoy sweet fellowship with Him. He cries out to God for the wicked to be no more on the face of the earth. He blesses and praises the LORD.


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 104:18-35

18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

22 The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

28 That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

29 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.

32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

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.


Things to think about:

  • In what ways do you marvel at the works of the LORD?
  • Do you thank God and praise Him for His wondrous works?
  • In what ways can we show the LORD that we appreciate all He has done for us?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 104 in which the Psalmist reminds us to give You glory and praise for Your wondrous works. Help us to show You how much we love and appreciate all the things You have created for us and given us to enjoy. Help us to praise and worship You all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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