I find myself turning to Psalms in times when I need encouragement. There is plenty of that to be found in them.
And then there are the times when I just want to shout out my praise to God. To thank Him for all that he has done and continues to do in my life. He has blessed me with much. And even though I still struggle, and know I will continue to, I also know that He is there for me, lifting me up and providing solace, encouragement, comfort, and grace. In these moments when I am overwhelmed by His power in my life, I also turn to Psalms, because there I find the words I cannot express myself. Beautiful words of praise and blessing to The Creator. Psalm 104 is one of these beautifully poetic expressions of love.
1 Bless the LORD, my soul; LORD, my God, you are very great. You are clothed in splendor and majesty; 2 you are wrapped in light like a garment, stretching out the sky like a curtain. 3 He lays the beams of his roof loft on the water above, making clouds his chariot, walking on the wings of the wind. 4 He makes the winds his messengers, blazing fires his servants.
5 He established the earth on its foundations, so that it never falters. 6 You covered the primeval ocean like a garment; the water stood above the mountains. 7 They flee at your rebuke; they rush away at the sound of your thunders. 8 Mountains rise up and valleys sink to the place you have ordained for them. 9 You have set a boundary they cannot cross; they will never again cover the earth.
10 He causes springs to gush forth into rivers that flow between the mountains. 11 They give water for animals of the field to drink; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 Birds of the sky live beside them and chirp a song among the foliage. 13 He waters the mountains from his heavenly rooms; the earth is satisfied from the fruit of your work.
14 He causes grass to sprout for the cattle and plants for people to cultivate, to produce food from the land, 15 like wine that makes the heart of people happy, oil that makes the face glow, and food that sustains people.
16 The loftiest trees are satisfied, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted, 17 the birds build their nests there, and the heron builds its nest among the evergreen. 18 The high mountains are for wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badger.
19 He made the moon to mark time; the sun knows its setting time. 20 You bring darkness and it becomes night; when every beast of the forest prowls. 21 Young lions roar for prey, seeking their food from God. 22 When the sun rises, they gather and lie down in their dens. 23 People go out to their work and labor until evening.
24 How numerous are your works, LORD! You have made them all wisely; the earth is filled with your creations. 25 There is the deep and wide sea, teeming with numberless creatures, living things small and great. 26 There, the ships pass through; Leviathan, which you created, frolics in it.
27 All of them look to you to provide them their food at the proper time. 28 They receive what you give them; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. 29 When you withdraw your favor, they are disappointed; Take away their breath, and they die and return to dust. 30 When you send your spirit, they are created, and you replenish the surface of the earth.
31 May the glory of the LORD last forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works! 32 He looks at the earth and it shakes; he touches the mountains and they smoke. 33 I will sing to the LORD with my whole being; I will sing to my God continually! 34 May my thoughts be pleasing to him; indeed, I will rejoice in the LORD! 35 May sinners disappear from the land and the wicked live no longer. Bless the LORD, my soul! Hallelujah!