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WHY DO WE NEED GOD? Psa 104:27-35 Lord, all living things depend on you.

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HE IS THE FOUNDATION OF EVERYTHING SEEN AND UNSEEN. A hymn of praise to God in Nature I. The universality of God’s workings in Nature. 1 . In the domain of dead matter. He is operating in the waters as they sail in the clouds, come down in the showers, etc. He is operating on the crusted earth, laying its “foundations,” touching its soil into verdure, and shaking it by volcanic fires. “He looketh on the earth and it trembleth,” etc. 2 . In the domain of living matter, ( 1) He works in all vegetable life—in the smallest blade as well as in the mightiest monarchs of the forest. ( 2) He works in all sentient life—feeds every beast of the field, etc. 3 . In the domain of rational existence. God works in all moral minds, from the highest angel to the humblest soul on earth.

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II. The personality of God’s workings in Nature. 1 . He works sublimely. If we take the telescope, we are struck with mute amazement at the vastness and splendour of the stellar systems; if we take the microscope and look at the wing of the smallest insect, or even at an atom of metallic dust, what brilliancy and perfection we discover. He paints His beauty on an insect’s wing, and wheels His throne upon the rolling worlds. 2 . He works incessantly. There is no pause in His exertions; He neither slumbers nor sleeps, always at work, and at work everywhere and in everything. “It takes as much life,” says Emerson, “to conserve as to create the universe.” 3 . He works benevolently. His desire to communicate His blessedness to other beings is the philosophy of the universe. 4 . He works wisely. The Great Author never revises His books, the Great Architect never alters His plans. 5 . He works in nature morally. ( 1) The inspiring of the human soul with rapturous worship (verse 34). There is no true happiness without true worship; and God so appears in Nature as to awaken all souls into an anthem of praise. ( 2) To clear from the soul all moral wrong (verse 35). God’s purpose, in all His operations on the earth as well as in the truths of His Gospel, is to make this world morally better and happier . Rom_1:19-20 , “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead ; so that they are without excuse:”

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2. HE IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF LIFE The body of this psalm reflects upon His creation as the clearest testimony given to mankind of God’s greatness, honour and majesty. The psalmist will acknowledge God’s greatness again in Psa_104:24 , “O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them,” and he will bless Him in Psa_104:33 , “ I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” All of creation testifies to God’s greatness, bearing witness to His eternal power and godhead ( Rom_1:19-20 ), and declaring His glory ( Psa_19:1-4 ). Psalms 104 will testify of God’s greatness by revealing God’s divine providence and care over His creation.

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3. HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO GIVE TRUE MEANING TO LIFE Man's glory is fading; God's glory is everlasting: creatures change, but with the Creator there is no variableness. And if mediation on the glories of creation be so sweet to the soul, what greater glory appears to the enlightened mind, when contemplating the great work of redemption! There alone can a sinner perceive ground of confidence and joy in God. While he with pleasure upholds all, governs all, and rejoices in all his works, let our souls, touched by his grace, meditate on and praise him . (Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change .)

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4. AND HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GIVE TRUE PEACE AND JOY TO LIFE a. My meditation of him shall be sweet - That is, I will find pleasure in meditating on his character and works. See the notes at Psa_1:2 . It is one of the characteristics of true piety that there is a “disposition” to think about God; that the mind is “naturally” drawn to that subject; that it does not turn away from it, when it is suggested; that this fills up the intervals of business in the day-time, and that it occupies the mind when wakeful at night. Psa_63:6 . It is also a characteristic of true piety that there is “pleasure” in such meditations; happiness in thinking of God. The sinner has no such pleasure. The thought of God is painful to him; he does not desire to have it suggested to him; he turns away from it, and avoids it. Compare the notes at Isa_30:11 . It is one of the evidences of true piety when a man “begins” to find pleasure in thinking about God; when the subject, instead of being unpleasant to him, becomes pleasant; when he no longer turns away from it, but is sensible of a desire to cherish the thought of God, and to know more of him. b. I will be glad in the Lord - That is, I will rejoice that there is such a Being; I will seek my happiness in him as my God.

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