Day of Pentecost – Pausing, and praising God (The Psalms Passage)

O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” (Psalm 104:24-34)

It is good for us to pause, and praise God. We need to remember that the Spirit who came to the world on the Day of Pentecost has always been with God and a part of God. But the mentioning of the Spirit is only a small part of this psalm. It is at its core a praising of God for creation.

Creation has always known its Creator. It is humanity that was slow to come in realizing who God the Creator was, is, and will be. And because the Holy Spirit is now seen as a distinct entity, we can see who God the Creator is, and who Christ the Redeemer is. If, however, your faith does not the Divine as a Triune God, this may not make much sense to you. And if that is the case, enjoy this passage from Psalm for what it is – a praise to God. And whatever your beliefs, echo with the psalmist . . .

Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!” (Verse 35b)