And so we come to the end of book IV of the Psalms (actually it ends with Psalm 106, but we’ve already covered 105 and 106 earlier).
Whether David is the author of this psalm or not is unknown, but it does start the same way as Psalm 103.
Praise the Lord, my soul. (1)
But whereas in the previous psalm, David praised God for his love and mercy, here the psalmist praises Him for his creation. And as he looks at creation he marvels at the awesomeness of God singing,
Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment. (1-2)
As I read this, I can’t help but think of John’s words when he said,
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (I John 1:5)
In other words, he is holy. And so in the light, we see glimpses of his glory and his holiness.
The psalmist then marvels at the night sky, and how God stretches out the heavens, and as high as they are, they are but the foundation of his dwelling place, and the clouds are but his chariot.
Verse 4 as is originally written seems to refer to how even the wind and the lightning are his messengers and servants. They proclaim his glory and do his will. In the book of Hebrews, the writer uses this verse to talk about angels, and says they are merely God’s servants, as are the wind and fire, compared with Jesus who is uniquely the Son of God.
He then basically relates the Genesis account. How God brought about dry land, created the plants, trees, and the animals. How he created the times, days, and seasons. How he provides food for all creation, and gives it its very life.
Having recounted all these things, the psalmist extols its creator singing,
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small. (24-25)
Towards the end of the psalm he sings further,
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. (31-32)
He then concludes by singing,
I will sing to the Lord all my life;I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. (33-34)
When it comes down to it, that is what we need to remember from this psalm. Because he is our Creator, he is worthy of our praise. And so every day, we ought to praise him not only with our words, but with our thoughts, and actions as well.
For all who fail to do so, will perish (35a).
So as the psalmist wrote,
Praise the Lord, my soul. Praise the Lord. (35b)