Psalms 104

1Let every part of me praise the Lord! Lord my God, you are so great, clothed with majesty and splendor!
2You wear light as your clothing; you stretch out the fabric#104:2. Literally, “tent curtain.” of the heavens.
3You place the roof-beams of your house in the rainclouds. You make the clouds your chariots. You ride on the wings of the wind.
4You make your angels winds, and your servants flames of fire.#104:4. Septuagint reading; also quoted in Hebrews 1:7.
5You set the earth on its foundations; it will never be shaken.
6It was clothed with ocean depths—the waters even covered the mountains—
7but at your command the waters fled; at the sound of your thunder they rushed away.
8The mountains rose up and the valleys sank down to where you had determined.
9You set a boundary for the oceans so they would not come back and cover the earth.
10You make springs flow into the streams, running down between the hills.
11They provide water for all the wild animals, and wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12Birds build their nests in trees along the streams, singing from among the leaves.
13You send down rain on the mountains from your home high above; you fill the earth with good things.
14You make the grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to eat—crops produced by the earth for food,
15and wine to make them happy, olive oil to make their faces shine, and bread to make them strong.
16The Lord's trees are well-watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17Sparrows make their nests there; herons make their homes in the tall trees.
18Wild goats live high in the mountains; hyraxes hide among the rocks.
19You made the moon to mark the months, and the sun knows when to set.
20You make darkness fall and the night comes, the time when the forest animals come out to hunt.#104:20. “To hunt”: implied.
21The young lions roar as they seek their prey, looking for the food that God provides for them.
22When the sun rises they return to their dens to rest.
23Then people leave for work, working until the evening.
24Lord, how many different things you have made—all of them wisely created! The earth is full of your creatures.
25Consider the sea, deep and wide, full of all kinds of living things, large and small.
26Ships sail there, and Leviathan,#104:26 A sea monster. that you made to play in it.
27All creatures look to you to give them food at the right time.
28When you provide it, they gather it up. You hand out food to them, and they are well-fed.
29When you turn away from them, they're terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to dust.
30When you send your breath, they are created, and life covers the earth again.
31May the Lord's glory last forever! The Lord is happy with all he has made.
32He only has to look at the earth and it trembles; mountains pour out smoke at his touch.
33I will sing to the Lord for as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God my whole life.
34May he be pleased with my thoughts#104:34. Or “meditation,” “composition.” because I am happy in the Lord.
35Let sinners be destroyed from the earth; let the wicked cease to exist. Let every part of me praise the Lord!