Praise the LORD, I tell myself; O LORD my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and with majesty;
you are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens;
you lay out the rafters of your home in the rain clouds. You make the clouds your chariots; you ride upon the wings of the wind.
The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.
You placed the world on its foundation so it would never be moved.
You clothed the earth with floods of water, water that covered even the mountains.
At the sound of your rebuke, the water fled; at the sound of your thunder, it fled away.
Mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed.
Then you set a firm boundary for the seas, so they would never again cover the earth.
You make the springs pour water into ravines, so streams gush down from the mountains.
They provide water for all the animals, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees.
You send rain on the mountains from your heavenly home, and you fill the earth with the fruit of your labor.
You cause grass to grow for the cattle. You cause plants to grow for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth --
wine to make them glad, olive oil as lotion for their skin, and bread to give them strength.
The trees of the LORD are well cared for -- the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
There the birds make their nests, and the storks make their homes in the firs.
High in the mountains are pastures for the wild goats, and the rocks form a refuge for rock badgers. a19
You made the moon to mark the seasons and the sun that knows when to set.
You send the darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals prowl about.
Then the young lions roar for their food, but they are dependent on God.
At dawn they slink back into their dens to rest.
Then people go off to their work; they labor until the evening shadows fall again.
O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both great and small.
See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you made to play in the sea.
Every one of these depends on you to give them their food as they need it.
When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are satisfied.
But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust.
When you send your Spirit, new life is born to replenish all the living of the earth.
May the glory of the LORD last forever! The LORD rejoices in all he has made!
The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains burst into flame at his touch.
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!
May he be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for I rejoice in the LORD.
Let all sinners vanish from the face of the earth; let the wicked disappear forever. As for me -- I will praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)