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Read Psalm 104:24-34, 35b


Read Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

24   Lord, you have made so many things!
How wisely you made them all!
The earth is filled with your creatures.
25   There is the ocean, large and wide,
where countless creatures live,
large and small alike.
26   The ships sail on it, and in it plays Leviathan,
that sea monster which you made.i
27   All of them depend on you
to give them food when they need it.
28   You give it to them, and they eat it;
you provide food, and they are satisfied.
29   When you turn away, they are afraid;
when you take away your breath, they die
and go back to the dust from which they came.
30   But when you give them breath,j they are created;
you give new life to the earth.
31   May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord be happy with what he has made!
32   He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
he touches the mountains, and they pour out smoke.
33   I will sing to the Lord all my life;
as long as I live I will sing praises to my God.
34   May he be pleased with my song,
for my gladness comes from him.

35   May sinners be destroyed from the earth;
may the wicked be no more.
Praise the Lord, my soul!
Praise the Lord!

Think

This Psalm should be read sitting on a mountain somewhere looking down towards the sea.  The Psalmist celebrates the beauty and the joy of nature - all of life.  He remembers that the source of all life is the breath of God (29&30).  God the Holy Spirit sustains life.

Pray

Just as your breath gives life to all the Earth; help me to remember with every breath I take that you are the one who gives me life and just as you renew creation, you can renew me.

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