1 ​​​​​​​Praise the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are magnificent.2
You are robed in splendor and majesty.

2 ​​​​​​​He covers himself with light as if it were a garment.
He stretches out the skies like a tent curtain,

3 ​​​​​​​and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds.1
He makes the clouds his chariot,
and travels along on the wings of the wind.
4 ​​​​​​​He makes the winds his messengers,
and the flaming fire his attendant.

5 ​​​​​​​He established the earth on its foundations;
it will never be upended.
6 ​​​​​​​The watery deep covered it like a garment;
the waters reached above the mountains.

7 ​​​​​​​Your shout made the waters retreat;
at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off –

8 ​​​​​​​as the mountains rose up,
and the valleys went down –
to the place you appointed for them.

9 ​​​​​​​You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross,
so that they would not cover the earth again.

10 ​​​​​​​He turns springs into streams;
they flow between the mountains.

11 ​​​​​​​They provide water for all the animals in the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 ​​​​​​​The birds of the sky live beside them;
they chirp among the bushes.

13 ​​​​​​​He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace;
the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow.

14 ​​​​​​​He provides grass for the cattle,
and crops for people to cultivate,
so they can produce food from the ground,

15 ​​​​​​​as well as wine that makes people feel so good,
and so they can have oil to make their faces shine,
as well as food that sustains people’s lives.

16 ​​​​​​​The trees of the LORD receive all the rain they need,
the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,

17 ​​​​​​​where the birds make nests,
near the evergreens in which the herons live.

18 ​​​​​​​The wild goats live in the high mountains;
the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs.

19 ​​​​​​​He made the moon to mark the months,
and the sun sets according to a regular schedule.

20 ​​​​​​​You make it dark and night comes,
during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.

21 ​​​​​​​The lions roar for prey,
seeking their food from God.  Job 38:39-40; Isa 31:4;

22 ​​​​​​​When the sun rises, they withdraw
and sleep in their dens.

23 ​​​​​​​Men then go out to do their work,
and labor away until evening.

24 ​​​​​​​How many living things you have made, O LORD!
You have exhibited great skill in making all of them;
the earth is full of the living things you have made.

25 ​​​​​​​Over here is the deep, wide sea,
which teems with innumerable swimming creatures,
living things both small and large.

26 ​​​​​​​The ships travel there,
and over here swims the whale you made to play in it.

27 ​​​​​​​All of your creatures wait for you
to provide them with food on a regular basis.

28 ​​​​​​​You give food to them and they receive it;
you open your hand and they are filled with food.
29 ​​​​​​​When you ignore them, they panic.
When you take away their life’s breath, they die
and return to dust.
30 ​​​​​​​When you send your life-giving breath, they are created,
and you replenish the surface of the ground.

31 ​​​​​​​May the splendor of the LORD endure!
May the LORD find pleasure in the living things he has made!

Psalm 104

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