1 Let all that I am praise the LORD.
O LORD my God, how great You are!
You are robed with honor and majesty.
2 You are dressed in a robe of light.
You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
3 You lay out the rafters of Your home in the rain clouds.
You make the clouds Your chariot;
You ride upon the wings of the wind.
:4 The winds are Your messengers;
flames of fire are Your servants.
5 You placed the world on its foundation
so it would never be moved.
6 You clothed the earth with floods of water,
water that covered even the mountains.
7 At Your command, the water fled;
at the sound of Your thunder, it hurried away.
8 Mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels You decreed.
9 Then You set a firm boundary for the seas,
so they would never again cover the earth.
10 You make springs pour water into the ravines,
so streams gush down from the mountains.
11 They provide water for all the animals,
and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds nest beside the streams
and sing among the branches of the trees.
13 You send rain on the mountains from Your
heavenly home, and
You fill the earth with the fruit of Your labor.
14 You cause grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for people to use.
You allow them to produce food from the earth—
15 wine to make them glad, olive oil to soothe their
skin, and bread to give them strength.
16 The trees of the LORD are well cared for—
the cedars of Lebanon that He planted.
17 There the birds make their nests,
and the storks make their homes in the cypresses.
18 High in the mountains live the wild goats,
and the rocks form a refuge for the hyraxes.
19 You made the moon to mark the seasons,
and the sun knows when to set.
20 You send the darkness, and it becomes night,
when all the forest animals prowl about.
21 Then the young lions roar for their prey,
stalking the food provided by God.
22 At dawn they slink back into their dens to rest.
23 Then people go off to their work,
where they labor until evening.
(Psalm 104 cont. tomorrow.)