103 With all my heart I praise the Lord, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! 2 With all my heart I praise the Lord! I will never forget how kind he has been.
3 The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, 4 and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads. 5 Each day that we live,[a] he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle.
6 For all who are mistreated, the Lord brings justice. 7 He taught his Law to Moses and showed all Israel what he could do.
8 The Lord is merciful! He is kind and patient, and his love never fails. 9 The Lord won’t always be angry and point out our sins; 10 he doesn’t punish us as our sins deserve.
11 How great is God’s love for all who worship him? Greater than the distance between heaven and earth! 12 How far has the Lord taken our sins from us? Farther than the distance from east to west!
13 Just as parents are kind to their children, the Lord is kind to all who worship him, 14 because he knows we are made of dust. 15 We humans are like grass or wild flowers that quickly bloom. 16 But a scorching wind blows, and they quickly wither to be forever forgotten.
17 The Lord is always kind to those who worship him, and he keeps his promises to their descendants 18 who faithfully obey him.
19 God has set up his kingdom in heaven, and he rules the whole creation. 20 All of you mighty angels, who obey God’s commands, come and praise your Lord! 21 All of you thousands who serve and obey God, come and praise your Lord! 22 All of God’s creation and all that he rules, come and praise your Lord! With all my heart I praise the Lord!
The Lord Takes Care of His Creation
104 I praise you, Lord God, with all my heart. You are glorious and majestic, dressed in royal robes 2 and surrounded by light. You spread out the sky like a tent, 3 and you built your home over the mighty ocean. The clouds are your chariot with the wind as its wings. 4 The winds are your messengers, and flames of fire are your servants.
5 You built foundations for the earth, and it will never be shaken. 6 You covered the earth with the ocean that rose above the mountains. 7 Then your voice thundered! And the water flowed 8 down the mountains and through the valleys to the place you prepared. 9 Now you have set boundaries, so that the water will never flood the earth again.
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.
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.
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.
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,[b] the monster you created to splash in the sea.
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.
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. 34 I hope my thoughts will please you, because you are the one who makes me glad.
35 Destroy all wicked sinners from the earth once and for all. With all my heart I praise you, Lord! I praise you!
103.5Each. . . live: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
2 Friends, when I came and told you the mystery[a] that God had shared with us, I didn’t use big words or try to sound wise. 2 In fact, while I was with you, I made up my mind to speak only about Jesus Christ, who had been nailed to a cross.
3 At first, I was weak and trembling with fear. 4 When I talked with you or preached, I didn’t try to prove anything by sounding wise. I simply let God’s Spirit show his power. 5 That way you would have faith because of God’s power and not because of human wisdom.
6 We do use wisdom when speaking to people who are mature in their faith. But it isn’t the wisdom of this world or of its rulers, who will soon disappear. 7 We speak of God’s hidden and mysterious wisdom that God decided to use for our glory long before the world began. 8 The rulers of this world didn’t know anything about this wisdom. If they had known about it, they would not have nailed the glorious Lord to a cross. 9 But it is just as the Scriptures say,
“What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”
10 God’s Spirit has shown you everything. His Spirit finds out everything, even what is deep in the mind of God. 11 You are the only one who knows what is in your own mind, and God’s Spirit is the only one who knows what is in God’s mind. 12 But God has given us his Spirit. That’s why we don’t think the same way that the people of this world think. That’s also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us.
13 Every word we speak was taught to us by God’s Spirit, not by human wisdom. And this same Spirit helps us teach spiritual things to spiritual people.[b]14 That’s why only someone who has God’s Spirit can understand spiritual blessings. Anyone who doesn’t have God’s Spirit thinks these blessings are foolish. 15 People who are guided by the Spirit can make all kinds of judgments, but they cannot be judged by others. 16 The Scriptures ask,
“Has anyone ever known the thoughts of the Lord or given him advice?”
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