104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very
great; thou art a clothed with honour and majesty.
(a) The prophet shows that we do not need to enter into
the heavens to seek God, for as much as all the order
of nature, with the propriety and placing of the
elements, are living mirrors to see his majesty in.
104:4 Who b maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming
(b) As the prophet here shows that all visible powers are
ready to serve God: so in (He 1:7) the angels
also, are obedient to his commandment.
104:6 Thou coveredst it with the c deep as [with] a garment:
the d waters stood above the mountains.
(c) You make the sea to be an ornament to the earth.
(d) If by your power you did not bridle the rage of the
waters, the whole world would be destroyed.
104:11 They give drink to every e beast of the field: the wild
asses quench their thirst.
(e) If God provides for the beasts, much more will he
extend his provident care to man.
104:12 By f them shall the fowls of the heaven have their
habitation, [which] sing among the branches.
(f) There is no part of the world so barren where most
evident signs of God's blessing do not appear.
104:13 He watereth the hills from his g chambers: the earth is
satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
(g) From the clouds.
104:14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for
the service of h man: that he may bring forth food out
of the earth;
(h) He describes God's providential care over man, who
not only provides necessary things for him such as
herbs and other meat: but also things to rejoice and
comfort him such as wine and oil or ointments.
104:19 He appointed i the moon for seasons: k the sun
knoweth his going down.
(i) As to separate the night from the day, and to note
days, months and years.
(k) That is, by his course, either far or near, it notes
summer, winter and other seasons.
104:21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their
meat l from God.
l That is, they only find meat according to God's
providence, who cares even for the brute beasts.
104:23m Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until
(m) That is, when the day springs for the light is as it
were a shield to defend man against the tyranny and
fierceness of beasts.
104:24 O LORD, how n manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast
thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
(n) He confesses that no tongue is able to express God's
works nor mind to comprehend them.
104:27o These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give
[them] their meat in due season.
(o) God is a nourishing father, who provides for all
creatures their daily foods.
104:29 Thou p hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest
away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
(p) As by your presence all things have life; so if you
withdraw your blessings they all perish.
104:30 Thou q sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and
thou renewest the face of the earth.
(q) As the death of creatures shows that we are nothing
of ourselves: so their generation declares that we
receive all things from our Creator.
104:32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth
the hills, and they r smoke.
(r) God's merciful face gives strength to the earth, but
his severe countenance burns the mountains.
104:35 Let the sinners be s consumed out of the earth, and let
the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul.
Praise ye the LORD.
(s) Who infect the world, and so cause it to be that God
cannot rejoice in his work.