May the Lord Take Joy in All He Has Made

Dry streambed along the Lake Ann Trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Dry streambed along the Lake Ann Trail in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Everything I am will praise and bless the Lord!
O Lord, my God, your greatness takes my breath away,
overwhelming me by your majesty, beauty, and splendor!

Sunset at Lower Green River Lake, Wyoming

Sunset at Lower Green River Lake, Wyoming

You wrap yourself with a shimmering, glistening light.
You wear sunshine like a garment of glory.
You stretch out the starry skies like a tapestry.
You build your balconies with light beams
and ride as King in a chariot you made from clouds.
You fly upon the wings of the wind.
You make your messengers into winds of the Spirit
and all your ministers become flames of fire.

Clouds swirl away from Cooper Spur and Mt. Hood's summit, Oregon

Clouds swirl away from Cooper Spur and Mt. Hood’s summit, Oregon

You, our Creator, formed the earth,
and you hold it all together so it will never fall apart.

Ocean waves on Floras Lake Beach, Oregon

Ocean waves on Floras Lake Beach, Oregon

You poured the ocean depths over the planet,
submerging mountains beneath.
Yet at the sound of your thunder-shout
the waters all fled away, filling the deep with seas.
The mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels you decreed for them.
Then you set a boundary line for the seas
and commanded them not to trespass.

Dundee Creek, Wyoming

Dundee Creek, Wyoming

You sent springs cascading through the valleys,
flowing freely between the mountains and hills.
From your kindness you send the rain to water the mountains
from the upper rooms of your palace.

Moonrise in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Moonrise in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Your goodness brings forth fruit for all to enjoy.
You made the moon to mark the months
and the sun to measure the days.
You turn off the light and it becomes night,
and all the beasts of the forest come out to prowl.

Sunset on the Broken Bow Arch Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Sunset on the Broken Bow Arch Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

O Lord, what an amazing variety of all you have created!
Wild and wonderful is this world you have made,
while wisdom was there at your side.
This world is full of so many creatures, yet each belongs to you!

Waves crash near Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument, California

Waves crash near Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument, California

And then there is the sea! So vast! So wide and deep—
swarming with countless forms of sea life, both small and great.
And look! There are the massive whales
bounding upon the waves.

Evening at Badwater Flats in Death Valley, California

Evening at Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California

May God’s glorious splendor endure forever!
May the Lord take joy and pleasure in all that he has made.

(from Psalm 104, TPT)

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