Psalms 104

1My soul, praise the Lord! Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with glory and honor. 2You wear light like a person wears a robe. You spread the skies like a curtain. 3God, you built your home above them. You use the thick clouds like a chariot, and ride across the sky on the wings of the wind. 4God, you made your angels like the wind, and your servants like fire. 5God, you built the earth on its foundations, so it will never be destroyed. 6You covered it with water like a blanket. The water covered the mountains. 7But you gave the command, and the water rushed away. God, you shouted at the water, and the water rushed away. 8The water flowed down from the mountains, into the valleys, and then to the places you made for it. 9You set the limits for the seas. And the water will never again rise to cover the earth. 10God, you cause water to flow from the springs into the streams. It flows down through the mountain streams. 11The streams water all the wild animals. Even the wild donkeys come there to drink. 12Wild birds come to live by the pools, They sing in the branches of nearby trees. 13God sends rain down onto the mountains. The things God made give the earth everything it needs. 14God makes the grass grow to feed the animals. He gives us the plants that we work to grow. Those plants give us food from the earth. 15God gives us the wine that makes us happy, the oil that makes our skin soft, and the food that makes us strong. 16The great cedar trees of Lebanon belong to the Lord. The Lord planted those trees, and he gives them the water they need. 17Birds make their nests in those trees. Large storks live in the fir trees. 18The high mountains are a home for wild goats. The large rocks are hiding places for rock-badgers. 19God, you gave us the moon to show us when the holidays begin. And the sun always knows when to set. 20You made darkness to be the night— the time when wild animals come out and roam around. 21Lions roar as they attack, as if they are asking God for the food he gives them. 22Then the sun rises, and the animals go back to their homes and rest. 23Then people go out to do their work. And they work until evening. 24Lord, you have done many wonderful things. The earth is full of the things you made. ˻We see˼ your wisdom in everything you do. 25Look at the ocean. It is so big! And so many things live there! There are creatures large and small— too many to count! 26Ships travel over the ocean while Leviathan, the sea creature you made, plays there in the sea. 27God, all of these things depend on you. You give them food at the right time. 28God, you give all the living things the food they eat. You open your hands, filled with good food, and they eat until they are full. 29And when you turn away from them, they become frightened. Their spirits leave them; they grow weak and die; and their bodies become dust again. 30But when you send out your Spirit, Lord, they become healthy! And you make the land like new again! 31May the Lord’s glory continue forever! May the Lord enjoy the things he made. 32The Lord can just look at the earth, and it will shake. He can touch the mountains and smoke will begin to rise from them. 33All my life I will sing to the Lord. I will sing praises to the Lord as long as I live. 34I hope these words I said will make him happy. I am happy with the Lord. 35May sin disappear from the earth. May wicked people be gone forever. My soul, praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

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