Psalm 104

Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park, California

Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite National Park, California

Psalm 104

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;
    you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Sunset on the Highline Trail, Wyoming

Sunset on the Highline Trail, Wyoming

The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;
    he stretches out the heavens like a tent
    and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
He makes the clouds his chariot
    and rides on the wings of the wind.
He makes winds his messengers,
    flames of fire his servants.

Mt. Moran over Jackson Lake from the Lakeshore Trail in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Mt. Moran over Jackson Lake from the Lakeshore Trail in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

He set the earth on its foundations;
    it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
But at your rebuke the waters fled,
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
they flowed over the mountains,
    they went down into the valleys,
    to the place you assigned for them.
You set a boundary they cannot cross;
    never again will they cover the earth.

Alpine stream in The Meadows of Garnet Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Alpine stream in The Meadows of Garnet Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
    it flows between the mountains.
11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
    they sing among the branches.
13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
    the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

Fields along a detour near the Genesee Valley Greenway, New York

Fields along a detour near the Genesee Valley Greenway, New York

14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
    and plants for people to cultivate—
    bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
    oil to make their faces shine,
    and bread that sustains their hearts.

In the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington

In the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington

16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
17 There the birds make their nests;
    the stork has its home in the junipers.
18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
    the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

Sunset somewhere above the Whitmore Trail in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona

Sunset somewhere above the Whitmore Trail in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
    and the sun knows when to go down.
20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
    and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
21 The lions roar for their prey
    and seek their food from God.
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
    they return and lie down in their dens.
23 Then people go out to their work,
    to their labor until evening.

Sea birds, sea stacks, and waves at Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument, California

Sea birds, sea stacks, and waves at Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument, California

24 How many are your works, Lord!
    In wisdom you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
    teeming with creatures beyond number—
    living things both large and small.
26 There the ships go to and fro,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

Mountain goat near Reynolds Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana

Mountain goat near Reynolds Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana

27 All creatures look to you
    to give them their food at the proper time.
28 When you give it to them,
    they gather it up;
when you open your hand,
    they are satisfied with good things.
29 When you hide your face,
    they are terrified;
when you take away their breath,
    they die and return to the dust.
30 When you send your Spirit,
    they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.

Yosemite Valley from Artist Point, California

Yosemite Valley from Artist Point, California

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
    may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

Smoke billows from behind Touch-me-not Mountain as seen from Gold Hill in Carson National Forest, New Mexico

Smoke billows from behind Touch-me-not Mountain as seen from Gold Hill in Carson National Forest, New Mexico

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    as I rejoice in the Lord.
35 But may sinners vanish from the earth
    and the wicked be no more.

Mt. Baker from the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Mt. Baker from the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord!