Psalm 104:1
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New International Version
Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

New Living Translation
Let all that I am praise the LORD. O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty.

English Standard Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

New American Standard Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

King James Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
My soul, praise Yahweh! LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with majesty and splendor.

International Standard Version
Bless the LORD, my soul; LORD, my God, you are very great. You are clothed in splendor and majesty;

NET Bible
Praise the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are magnificent. You are robed in splendor and majesty.

New Heart English Bible
Bless the LORD, my soul. The LORD, my God, you are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bless Lord Jehovah, my soul! Lord Jehovah my God is very great; he wears brightness and glory!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Praise the LORD, my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with splendor and majesty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, Thou art very great; Thou art clothed with glory and majesty.

New American Standard 1977
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
            O LORD my God, Thou art very great;
            Thou art clothed with splendor and majesty,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty,

King James 2000 Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty.

American King James Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty.

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, O my soul. O Jehovah my God, thou art very great; Thou art clothed with honor and majesty:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: O Lord my God, thou art exceedingly great. Thou hast put on praise and beauty:

Darby Bible Translation
Bless Jehovah, O my soul! Jehovah my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with majesty and splendour;

English Revised Version
Bless the LORD O my soul, O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty.

World English Bible
Bless Yahweh, my soul. Yahweh, my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty.

Young's Literal Translation
Bless, O my soul, Jehovah! Jehovah, my God, Thou hast been very great, Honour and majesty Thou hast put on.
Study Bible
O Lord, My God, You are Very Great
1Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak, Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain.…
Cross References
Job 40:10
"Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity, And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.

Psalm 71:8
My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.

Psalm 93:1
The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.

Psalm 96:6
Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Psalm 103:1
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

Psalm 103:22
Bless the LORD, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Psalm 104:35
Let sinners be consumed from the earth And let the wicked be no more. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Praise the LORD!
Treasury of Scripture

Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty.

Bless. This sublime poem on the works of God in creation and providence, is ascribed to David in the LXX, Vulgate, Ethiopic, Syriac, and Arabic; and as it opens and closes with the same words as the preceding psalm, it is probable that it was composed on the same occasion; and it is written as part of it in nine MSS. ver.

Psalm 104:35 Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked …

Psalm 103:1,2,22 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name…

O Lord

Psalm 7:1 O LORD my God, in you do I put my trust: save me from all them that …

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, …

Habakkuk 1:12 Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? we shall …

art very great

Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? said …

Jeremiah 32:17-19 Ah Lord GOD! behold, you have made the heaven and the earth by your …

Revelation 1:13 And in the middle of the seven candlesticks one like to the Son of …

clothed

Psalm 93:1 The LORD reigns, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed …

Isaiah 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation …

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days …

honour

Psalm 29:1-4 Give to the LORD, O you mighty, give to the LORD glory and strength…

Psalm 96:6 Honor and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

(1-4) First and second days of Creation. Instead, however, of describing the creation of light, the poet makes a sublime approach to his theme by treating it as a symbol of the Divine majesty. It is the vesture of God, the tremulous curtain of His tent, whose supporting beams are based, not on the earth, but on those cloud-masses which form an upper ocean. This curtain is then, as it were, drawn aside for the exit of the Monarch attended by His throng of winged messengers.

(1) Clothed.--For the same metaphor see Psalm 93:1.

Verse 1. - Bless the Lord, O my soul (see the comment on Psalm 103:1). O Lord my God, thou art very great. The keynote is struck at once. All the rest will be nothing but a development of this vast theme - God's greatness. Thou art clothed with honour and majesty; or "thou hast robed thyself in glory and grandeur" (Cheyne). Bless the Lord, O my soul,.... As for the blessings of grace and mercy expressed in the preceding psalm, so on account of the works of creation and providence, enumerated in this; in which Christ has an equal concern, as in the former.

O Lord my God, thou art very great; the Messiah, who is Jehovah our righteousness, Lord of all, truly God, and the God of his people; see John 20:28 and who is great, and very great, in his divine Person, being the great God, and our Saviour; great in all his works of creation, providence, and redemption; great in all his offices of Prophet, Priest, and King; a Saviour, and a great one; the great Shepherd of the Sheep; the Man, Jehovah's Fellow.

Thou art clothed with honour and majesty; being the brightness of his Father's glory, and having on him the glory of the only begotten of the Father, and a natural majesty in him as the Son of God and King of the whole universe; and, as Mediator, he has honour and majesty laid upon him by his Father, Psalm 21:5, he has all the regalia and ensigns of royal majesty; he is on a throne, high and lifted up, even the same with his divine Father; he has a crown of glory on his head, he is crowned with glory and honour; he has a sceptre of righteousness in his hand, and is arrayed in robes of majesty; and, as thus situated, is to look upon like a jasper and sardine stone; or as if he was covered with sparkling gems and precious stones, Revelation 4:2 and, having all power in heaven and earth, over angels and men, honour and glory given him by both. 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment; who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire.

5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.

Psalm 104:1

"Bless the Lord, O my soul." This Psalm begins and ends like the Hundred and Third, and it could not do better: when the model is perfect it deserves to exist in duplicate. True praise begins at home. It is idle to stir up others to praise if we are ungratefully silent ourselves. We should call upon our inmost hearts to awake and bestir themselves, for we are apt to be sluggish, and if we are so when called upon to bless God, we shall have great cause to be ashamed. When we magnify the Lord, let us do it heartily: our best is far beneath his worthiness, let us not dishonour him by rendering to him half-hearted worship. "O Lord my God, thou art very great." This ascription has in it a remarkable blending of the boldness of faith, and the awe of holy fear: for the Psalmist calls the infinite Jehovah "my God," and at the same time, prostrate in amazement at the divine greatness, he cries out in utter astonishment, "Thou art very great." God was great on Sinai, yet the opening words of his law were, "I am the Lord thy God;" his greatness is no reason why faith should not put in her claim, and call him all her own. The declaration of Jehovah's greatness here given would have been very much in place at the end of the Psalm, for it is a natural inference and deduction from a survey of the universe: its position at the very commencement of the poem is an indication that the whole Psalm was well considered and digested in the mind before it was actually put into words; only on this supposition can we account for the emotion preceding the contemplation. Observe also, that the wonder expressed does not refer to the creation and its greatness, but to Jehovah himself. It is not "the universe is very great!" but "Thou art very great." Many stay at the creature, and so become idolatrous in spirit; to pass onward to the Creator himself is true wisdom. "Thou art clothed with honour and majesty." Thou thyself art not to be seen, but thy works, which may be called thy garments, are full of beauties and marvels which redound to thine honour. Garments both conceal and reveal a man, and so do the creatures of God. The Lord is seen in his works as worthy of honour for his skill, his goodness, and his power, and as claiming majesty, for he has fashioned all things in sovereignty, doing as he wills, and asking no man's permit. He must be blind indeed who does not see that nature is the work of a king. These are solemn strokes of God's severer mind, terrible touches of his sterner attributes, broad lines of inscrutable mystery, and deep shadings of overwhelming power, and these make creation's picture a problem never to be solved, except by admitting that he who drew it giveth no account of his matters, but ruleth all things according to the good pleasure of his will. His majesty is, however, always so displayed as to reflect honour upon his whole character; he does as he wills, but he wills only that which is thrice holy, like himself. The very robes of the unseen Spirit teach us this, and it is ours to recognise it with humble adoration.

Psalm 104:2

"Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment:" wrapping the light about him as a monarch puts on his robe. The conception is sublime - but it makes us feel how altogether inconceivable the personal glory of the Lord must be; if light itself is but his garment and veil, what must be the blazing splendour of his own essential being! We are lost in astonishment, and dare not pry into the mystery lest we be blinded by its insufferable glory. "Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain" within which he might dwell. Light was created on the first day and the firmament upon the second, so that they fitly follow each other in this verse. Oriental princes put on their glorious apparel and then sit in state within curtains, and the Lord is spoken of under that image: but how far above all comprehension the figure must be lifted, since the robe is essential light, to which suns and moons owe their brightness, and the curtain is the azure sky studded with stars for gems. This is a substantial argument for the truth with which the Psalmist commenced his song, "O Lord my God, thou art very great."

Psalm 104:3

"Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters." His lofty halls are framed with the waters which are above the firmament. The upper rooms of God's great house, the secret stories far above our ken, the palatial chambers wherein he resides, are based upon the floods which form the upper ocean. To the unsubstantial he lends stability; he needs no joists and rafters, for his palace is sustained by his own power. We are not to interpret literally where the language is poetical, it would be simple absurdity to do so. "Who maketh the clouds his chariot." When he comes forth from his secret pavilion 'tis thus he makes his royal progress. "His chariot of wrath deep thunder-clouds form," and his chariot of mercy drops plenty as it traverses the celestial road. "Who walketh [or rather goes] upon the wings of the wind." With the clouds for a car, and the winds for winged steeds, the Great King hastens on his movements whether for mercy or for judgment. Thus we have the idea of a king still further elaborated - his lofty palace, his chariot, and his coursers are before us; but what a palace must we imagine, whose beams are of crystal, and whose base is consolidated vapour! What a stately car is that which is fashioned out of the flying clouds, whose gorgeous colours Solomon in all his glory could not rival; and what a Godlike progress is that in which spirit wings and breath of winds beat up the moving throne. "O Lord, my God, thou art very great!"

Psalm 104:4

"Who maketh his angels spirits;" or winds, for the word means either. Angels are pure spirits, though they are permitted to assume a visible form when God desires us to see them. God is a spirit, and he is waited upon by spirits in his royal courts. Angels are like winds for mystery, force, and invisibility, and no doubt the winds themselves are often the angels or messengers of God. God who makes his angels to be as winds, can also make winds to be his angels, and they are constantly so in the economy of nature. "His ministers a flaming fire." Here, too, we may choose which we will of two meanings: God's ministers or servants he makes to be as swift, potent, and terrible as fire, and on the other hand he makes fire, that devouring element, to be his minister flaming forth upon his errands. That the passage refers to angels is clear from Hebrews 1:7; and it was most proper to mention them here in connection with light and the heavens, and immediately after the robes and palace of the Great King. Should not the retinue of the Lord of Hosts be mentioned as well as his chariot? It would halve been a flaw in the description of the universe had the angels not been alluded to, and this is the most appropriate place for their introduction. When we think of the extraordinary powers entrusted to angelic beings, and the mysterious glory of the seraphim and the four living creatures, we are led to reflect upon the glory of the Master whom they serve, and again we cry out with the Psalmist, "O Lord, my God, thou art very great."

continued...PSALM 104

Ps 104:1-35. The Psalmist celebrates God's glory in His works of creation and providence, teaching the dependence of all living creatures; and contrasting the happiness of those who praise Him with the awful end of the wicked.

1. God's essential glory, and also that displayed by His mighty works, afford ground for praise.104:1-9 Every object we behold calls on us to bless and praise the Lord, who is great. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by the things which he hath made. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. The Lord Jesus, the Son of his love, is the Light of the world.
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