EXPERIENCING THE DAZZLING BEAUTY OF TRUTH IN OUR LORD’S POETRY
05-19-19 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00 am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the video, audio, and study notes are archived.
(Psa 104:1-9) Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou are clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light [Heb: illumination, happiness: bright, daylight, morning, sun] as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a [hanging] curtain [of clouds]: Who layeth the beams [of vertical golden light pillars piercing downward through the white clouds] of his chambers [Heb: parlor] in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: Who maketh his angels [Heb: messengers] spirits; his ministers [Heb: worshippers] a flaming fire: Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep [Heb: an abyss (as a surging mass of water)] as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains [fig. of pride]. At thy rebuke [Heb: chiding: reproof, (correction)] they fled; at the voice of thy thunder [power] they hasted away. They [the waters, the people] 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 [Heb: boundary] that they may not pass over [the feast of Passover, not be saved]; that they turn not again [ref. the fall from Heaven (the first turning away), that they do not do so “again” a second time] to cover the earth.
(Psa 104:10-15) He sendeth the springs [of life] into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses [not domesticated, not broken to household use, not obedient, not saved] quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches [tribes, nations]. 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 [of the Holy Spirit] to make his face to shine [Moses], and bread [Jesus Christ] which strengtheneth man's heart.
(Psa 104:16-18) The trees [symbol of mankind] of the LORD are full of sap [blood-life]; the cedars of Lebanon, [tall pines] 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 [rabbits].
(Psa 104:19-23) He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. Thou makest darkness [Heb: the dark; fig. misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness], and it is night [Heb: a twist (away of the light)]: wherein all the beasts of the forest do [stealthily] 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 [in the light] until the evening [of darkness].
(Psa 104:24-26) O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea [literally, and sea of humanity], wherein are things creeping [having life, moving] innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan [Heb: crocodile (large sea monster) dragon: also a symbol of Babylon], whom thou hast made to play therein.
1. (Isa 27:1) In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
(Psa 104:27-32) These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. That [which] 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. The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.
(Psa 104:33-35) I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. 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.