The LORD Takes Care of His Creation 104 1I praise you, LORD God, with all my heart. You are glorious and majestic, dressed in royal robes 2and surrounded by light. You spread out the sky like a tent, 3and 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. 5You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken. 6You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains. 7Then your voice thundered! And the water flowed 8down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared. 9Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again. 10You provide streams of water in the hills and valleys, 11so that the donkeys and other wild animals can satisfy their thirst. 12Birds build their nests nearby and sing in the trees. 13From your home above you send rain on the hills and water the earth. 14You let the earth produce grass for cattle, plants for our food, 15wine to cheer us up, olive oil for our skin, and grain for our health. 16Our LORD, your trees always have water, and so do the cedars you planted in Lebanon. 17Birds nest in those trees, and storks make their home in the fir trees. 18Wild goats find a home in the tall mountains, and small animals can hide between the rocks. 19You created the moon to tell us the seasons. The sun knows when to set, 20and you made the darkness, so the animals in the forest could come out at night. 21Lions roar as they hunt for the food you provide. 22But when morning comes, they return to their dens, 23then we go out to work until the end of day. 24Our LORD, by your wisdom you made so many things; the whole earth is covered with your living creatures. 25But 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,[O] the monster you created to splash in the sea. 27All of these depend on you to provide them with food, 28and you feed each one with your own hand, until they are full. 29But when you turn away, they are terrified; when you end their life, they die and rot. 30You created all of them by your Spirit, and you give new life to the earth. 31Our LORD, we pray that your glory will last forever and that you will be pleased with what you have done. 32You look at the earth, and it trembles. You touch the mountains, and smoke goes up. 33As long as I live, I will sing and praise you, the LORD God. 34I hope my thoughts will please you, because you are the one who makes me glad. 35Destroy all wicked sinners from the earth once and for all. With all my heart I praise you, LORD! I praise you!
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