21st of Cheshvan, November 8, 2009
Psalm 104 celebrates the creation of the world.
The psalmist uses poetry, not science, to express his profound
appreciation of the beauty and wisdom of G-D’s creation. Unlike
scientific theories, the psalmist emphasizes wonder and awe as opposed to
intellectual inquiry and causal explanations. Here, the focus is
on the Creator and the goodness of His creation. The Divine is
front and center, with humans on the sidelines recognizing and appreciating His
grandeur. Yet, the psalm begins and ends with the words- “Bless
the Lord, my soul.” With these words, the psalmist communicates
that despite the grandeur of the universe and the infinite power of the Creator,
G-D is close. He is accessible to us through prayer.
He hears and attends to our voices. In the words of Rabbi
Jonathan Sacks, this psalm is “the song of one at home in the world, awed by its
beauty, trusting in the graciousness of existence as G-D’s gift.”
Copyright, 2009 Rachel Lerner