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  • Psalm One Hundred Four

    Bless the Lord, I say,
    let your soul rejoice
    in the splendor of God.

    Praise God, who is clothed
    in honor and majesty,
    who wears light as a robe.

    God commands the heavens
    to stretch out across the earth
    like a great curtain.

    The pillars of His temple
    are in the depths of the sea.
    The clouds are His chariots,

    He walks on the wind.
    His angels are spirits among us,
    His minsters are flaming fires.

    He has laid the foundations,
    so the earth is not washed away,
    the mighty sea obeys His command.

    For the waters once covered the earth,
    but when He spoke, they obeyed,
    and are held in their limits.

    The snows on the mountain top
    are there by God's command,
    the rivers serve His purpose.

    For He sends springs into the valleys,
    for the beasts to drink,
    and man to quench his thirst.

    By His grace the birds of the air
    have nests in the trees to rest,
    and their songs rejoice of the Lord.

    He grows grass for the cattle to eat,
    and herbs for the service of man,
    so that man may bring food from the earth.

    God grants us wine to make our hearts glad,
    and oil to make our faces shine,
    and bread to nourish our bodies.

    God has given us the cedars of Lebanon,
    strong and tall, and full of sweet sap,
    to serve us, and build our homes.

    There are the nests for the birds,
    and there are the pines
    for the homes of the stork.

    The high hills are the refuge
    for wild goats, the rocks
    are shelter to the conies.

    The moon and the sun are appointed
    to show us the seasons, to make night and day,
    to give us rest and mark our days.

    The beasts of the forest roam at night,
    the young lions roar and seek their meat,
    their calls are prayers to God.

    At sunrise, the beasts go to their dens,
    so man can go out to do his work,
    in harmony is God's design.

    Oh, Lord, how many are Your works,
    how great are Your wonders.
    All the earth reflects Your glory.

    Your seas, so great and wide,
    contain Your miracles as well,
    all creatures great and small.

    The ships of man sail among
    the whales and fish of the sea,
    and all things wait on Your word.

    The world You have created, Lord,
    is mighty and magnificent,
    it serves You as You will.

    You give to the laborer, Lord,
    You reward the faithful with blessings,
    Your hand is filled with goodness.

    If You are angry, the earth trembles,
    all creatures hold their breath,
    they wither and die.

    They turn to dust,
    and their spirit is released,
    yet You renew the earth.

    The glory of the Lord
    will last forever.
    God rejoices in the works of His hand.

    God looks on the earth
    and it trembles with joy,
    the hills offer up their incense.

    I will sing to the Lord
    as long as I live,
    I will sing praises to God all my life.

    I will meditate on His words of life
    and be thankful for His mercy.
    I will serve the Lord.

    Let all sinners be consumed,
    let evil depart the earth.
    Bless the Lord, my soul, and praise God.

    Love Songs

    If you're wondering why I separated this psalm and yesterday's into triplets, I can explain. They are songs of praise, songs of love. They're meant to be sung.

    The Bible is divided into chapters and verses to aid in its study, but it wasn't written like that. The Psalms are a collection of songs, a hymnal if you will, that addresses worship and man's relationship with God. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are four accounts of the life of Jesus. The Pauline epistles (Romans through Hebrews) are letters written by Paul to various congregations or individuals.

    Psalms are lyric poems. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes they complain, sometimes they are solemn, and sometimes they rejoice.

    In Matthew, Jesus offers us what is called the Lord's Prayer to teach us the form of prayer. In that prayer, we are shown that prayer should always begin with praise and thanksgiving. So consider today and yesterday's psalms as opening lines. You get to fill in the rest.

    I'm sure you already know, but this is the part where you get to ask God to take care of your needs.

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