Psalm 104

The Lord Takes Care of His Creation

1 I praise you, Lord God,
        with all my heart
.
    You are glorious and majestic,
    dressed in royal robes
2      and surrounded by light.
    You spread out the sky
        like a tent,
3 and you built your home
        over the mighty ocean.
    The clouds are your chariot
        with the wind as its wings.
4 The winds are your messengers,
    and flames of fire
        are your servants.
 
5 You built foundations
    for the earth, and it
        will never be shaken.
6 You covered the earth
    with the ocean that rose
        above the mountains.
7 Then your voice thundered!
    And the water flowed
8     down the mountains
    and through the valleys
        to the place you prepared.
9 Now you have set boundaries,
    so that the water will never
        flood the earth again.

10 You provide streams of water
        in the hills and valleys,
11 so that the donkeys
     and other wild animals
        can satisfy their thirst.
12 Birds build their nests nearby
        and sing in the trees.
13 From your home above
     you send rain on the hills
        and water the earth.
14 You let the earth produce
        grass for cattle,
        plants for our food,
15    wine to cheer us up,
        olive oil for our skin,
        and grain for our health.

16 Our Lord, your trees
        always have water,
     and so do the cedars
        you planted in Lebanon.
17 Birds nest in those trees,
     and storks make their home
        in the fir trees.
18 Wild goats find a home
        in the tall mountains,
    and small animals can hide
        between the rocks.

19 You created the moon
        to tell us the seasons.
     The sun knows when to set,
20    and you made the darkness,
     so the animals in the forest
        could come out at night.
21 Lions roar as they hunt
        for the food you provide.
22 But when morning comes,
        they return to their dens,
23 then we go out to work
        until the end of day.
 
24 Our Lord, by your wisdom
        you made so many things;
     the whole earth is covered
        with your living creatures.
25 But what about the ocean
        so big and wide?
     It is alive with creatures,
        large and small.
26 And there are the ships,
        as well as Leviathan,
     the monster you created
        to splash in the sea.

27 All of these depend on you
        to provide them with food,
28 and you feed each one
     with your own hand,
        until they are full.
29 But when you turn away,
        they are terrified;
     when you end their life,
        they die and rot.
30 You created all of them
        by your Spirit,
     and you give new life
        to the earth.
 
31 Our Lord, we pray
     that your glory
        will last forever
     and that you will be pleased
        with what you have done.
32 You look at the earth,
        and it trembles.
     You touch the mountains,
        and smoke goes up.
33 As long as I live,
     I will sing and praise you,
        the Lord God.
34 I hope my thoughts
        will please you,
     because you are the one
        who makes me glad.
35 Destroy all wicked sinners
     from the earth
        once and for all.
     With all my heart
     I praise you, Lord!
        I praise you!


The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary