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Psalm 104

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Praise for the Lord’s Creation and Dominion Over It

Psalm 104

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Lesson Number 75

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers should praise the Lord because of His creation.
  2. Believers should praise the Lord because of His dominion.

Practical Application

  1. Sing hallelujah for harmony!

Questions

  1. What is the structure of Psalm 104?
  2. According to this structure, verses 6-9 would parallel Day 3 of creation, when the Lord brought the dry land out of the water. But what is another possible scenario for these verses?
  3. Give a definition of “dominion.”
  4. What is a leviathan (verse 26)?

Answers

  1. Psalm 104 has been called a poetic parallel to Genesis 1 because structurally the psalm follows the six days of creation week.
  2. The flood of Noah’s day
  3. Dominion means supreme authority and control over a realm. The Lord’s dominion over His creation is good and complete.
  4. The Leviathan is probably a reference to the plesiosaur, a large marine reptile that is now extinct.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Psalm 104: 19-23 speaks of the Lord’s creation of the seasons and the day-night cycle. Have you ever thought of these regular occurrences as an occasion to praise the Lord?

Challenge

  1. “Hallelujah” is Hebrew for “Praise the Lord.” Will you join the psalmist in his determination to praise the Lord as long as he lives?

Key Verses

  • “He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.” Psalm 104:19
  • “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions.” Psalm 104:24
  • “I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33

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