Psalm 104 – A Creation Psalm

Psalm 104 – A Creation Psalm  A deeply disturbing apocalyptic narrative streams live across our imagination and threatens to compete with the inspiration of Psalm 104. The psalmist’s ratio of postive to negative is instructive, but with the realities of nuclear proliferation, global warming, internet-deception campaigns, and terrorism, it is a tough competition. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has set the Doomsday Clock, the marker of how close humanity is to a civilization-threatening catastrophe, at two minutes to midnight. Jesus’ Prayer Book is honest with what threatens ourselves and our planet. To pray the psalms is to become well acquainted with human frailty, depravity, and mortality. But in the midst of all that hard news, the ratio of grace supersedes doom and gloom. The psalmist inspires our self-exhortation, “Praise the Lord, my soul. Praise the Lord.”