Gift #813: Earth Day

A Psalm for Earth Day

I praise you, Lord God,
    with all my heart.
You are glorious and majestic,
dressed in royal robes
    and surrounded by light.
You spread out the sky
    like a tent,
    and you built your home
    over the mighty ocean.
The clouds are your chariot
    with the wind as its wings.
The winds are your messengers,
    and flames of fire
    are your servants.

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You built foundations
for the earth, and it
    will never be shaken.
You covered the earth
with the ocean
  that rose above the mountains.
Then your voice thundered!
And the water flowed
    down the mountains
    and through the valleys
    to the place you prepared.
Now you have set boundaries,
    so that the water will never
    flood the earth again.

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10 You provide streams of water
    in the hills and valleys,
11 so that the donkeys
and other wild animals
    can satisfy their thirst.
12 Birds build their nests nearby
    and sing in the trees.
13 From your home above
you send rain on the hills
    and water the earth.
14 You let the earth produce
    grass for cattle,
    plants for our food,
15     wine to cheer us up,
    olive oil for our skin,
    and grain for our health.

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16 Our Lord, your trees
    always have water,
    and so do the cedars
    you planted in Lebanon.
17 Birds nest in those trees,
    and storks make their home
    in the fir trees.
18 Wild goats find a home
    in the tall mountains,
    and small animals can hide
    between the rocks.

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19 You created the moon
    to tell us the seasons.
The sun knows when to set,
20     and you made the darkness,
    so the animals in the forest
    could come out at night.
21 Lions roar as they hunt
    for the food you provide.
22 But when morning comes,
    they return to their dens,
23     then we go out to work
    until the end of day.

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24 Our Lord, by your wisdom
    you made so many things;
    the whole earth is covered
    with your living creatures.
25 But 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,[a]
    the monster you created
    to splash in the sea.

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27 All of these depend on you
    to provide them with food,
28 and you feed each one
with your own hand,
    until they are full.
29 But when you turn away,
    they are terrified;
    when you end their life,
    they die and rot.
30 You created all of them
    by your Spirit,
    and you give new life
    to the earth.

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31 Our Lord, we pray
that your glory
    will last forever
and that you will be pleased
    with what you have done.
32 You look at the earth,
    and it trembles.
    You touch the mountains,
    and smoke goes up.
33 As long as I live,
    I will sing and praise you,
    the Lord God.

Psalm 104

My favorite psalm – perfect for celebrating Earth Day.  Spend time enjoying the outdoors today and give thanks for the miraculous, beautiful place we call home and for the One who gave it to us.

Blessings to you,

Sarah

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