Psalm 104
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Psalm 104

1Praise the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, you are magnificent.

You are robed in splendor and majesty.

2He covers himself with light as if it were a garment.

He stretches out the skies like a tent curtain,

3and lays the beams of the upper rooms of his palace on the rain clouds.

He makes the clouds his chariot,

and travels along on the wings of the wind.

4He makes the winds his messengers,

and the flaming fire his attendant.

5He established the earth on its foundations;

it will never be upended.

6The watery deep covered it like a garment;

the waters reached above the mountains.

7Your shout made the waters retreat;

at the sound of your thunderous voice they hurried off –

8as the mountains rose up,

and the valleys went down –

to the place you appointed for them.

9You set up a boundary for them that they could not cross,

so that they would not cover the earth again.

10He turns springs into streams;

they flow between the mountains.

11They provide water for all the animals in the field;

the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12The birds of the sky live beside them;

they chirp among the bushes.

13He waters the mountains from the upper rooms of his palace;

the earth is full of the fruit you cause to grow.

14He provides grass for the cattle,

and crops for people to cultivate,

so they can produce food from the ground,

15as 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.

16The trees of the Lord receive all the rain they need,

the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,

17where the birds make nests,

near the evergreens in which the herons live.

18The wild goats live in the high mountains;

the rock badgers find safety in the cliffs.

19He made the moon to mark the months,

and the sun sets according to a regular schedule.

20You make it dark and night comes,

during which all the beasts of the forest prowl around.

21The lions roar for prey,

seeking their food from God.

22When the sun rises, they withdraw

and sleep in their dens.

23Men then go out to do their work,

and labor away until evening.

24How 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.

25Over here is the deep, wide sea,

which teems with innumerable swimming creatures,

living things both small and large.

26The ships travel there,

and over here swims the whale you made to play in it.

27All of your creatures wait for you

to provide them with food on a regular basis.

28You give food to them and they receive it;

you open your hand and they are filled with food.

29When you ignore them, they panic.

When you take away their life’s breath, they die

and return to dust.

30When you send your life-giving breath, they are created,

and you replenish the surface of the ground.

31May the splendor of the Lord endure!

May the Lord find pleasure in the living things he has made!

32He looks down on the earth and it shakes;

he touches the mountains and they start to smolder.

33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I exist!

34May my thoughts be pleasing to him!

I will rejoice in the Lord.

35May sinners disappear from the earth,

and the wicked vanish!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

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