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God the Only Cause and Creator

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. . . . Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. . . . He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; . . . The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. . . . O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. . . . Thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. . . . The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works. 

Calls to honor God are recorded hundreds of times in Scripture. Psalm 104 eloquently exalts His infinite creative power, detailing elements of His kingdom as evidence of His glory.

Commentaries suggest that blessing God involves more than simple praise—it includes wholehearted affection and gratitude. One remarks that “the ruling power in the universe . . . is One who treats us like a loving father, a compassionate mother (see Isa 49:15). Such love demands our soul, our life, our all.”

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Resources cited in this issue

RR: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 17: Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The NKJV Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007; Mays, James Luther, et al., eds. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Vol. 39, First and Second Timothy and Titus. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 1982–.

Cit. 20: Barker, Kenneth L., John R. Kohlenberger, Verlyn Verbrugge, and Richard Polcyn. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

Cit. 22: Bruce, F.F. Zondervan Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

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