So Big

It’s an interesting technique the psalmist used in this passage of Scripture. The pronouns keep switching from Heto You. What I know is that there is no error in God’s word. It’s exactly how He wants it to be. But as a writer, I have to ask myself why. “Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.” Psalm 104:1-9

Again, why is it written this way? I have a theory, but that’s all it is, and we cannot possibly know for sure. Nevertheless, here’s the theory. God is so big, so awesome, so amazing that the psalmist steps back to get a broad view and uses the pronoun He. But the writer also knows that our God is very personal. He knows every hair on our heads even if that changes minute by minute. He hears us take every breath. He knows when our hearts are broken or filled with joy. We can address the Lord any time, any place. We can whisper, shout, or speak with no voice at all, and He still hears us. So, the author of this psalm reaches out personally to speak of His greatness. And that is addressed as he uses the word You.

This section of Psalm 104 is a bit of commentary on the Genesis flood and a reiteration of the promise made to Noah. The waters obey the Lord and never again will they cover the entire land as they did during Noah’s day, because God set a boundary that they cannot cross. Fire, wind and water all obey the Lord.

Our God is an awesome God.

Lord, You are awesome, far above my understanding. You are worthy of my praise. You are my Lord and You know everything about me. Thank You for allowing me to know You.

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