26 Lord, how various are your works:
in wisdom you have made them all,
and the earth is full of your creatures.
27 There is the wide, immeasurable sea:
there move living things without number, great and small;
28 There go the ships, to and fro:
and there is that Leviathan
whom you formed to sport in the deep.
29 These all look to you:
to give them their food in due season.
30 When you give it to them, they gather it:
when you open your hand
they are satisfied with good things.
31 When you hide your face, they are troubled:
when you take away their breath,
they die and return to their dust.
32 When you send forth your spirit they are created:
and you renew the face of the earth.
33 May the glory of the Lord endure for ever:
may the Lord rejoice in his works.
34 If he look upon the earth, it shall tremble:
if he but touch the mountains, they shall smoke.
35 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live:
I will praise my God while I have any being.
36 May my meditation be pleasing to him:
for my joy shall be in the Lord.
37 May sinners perish from the earth,
let the wicked be no more:
bless the Lord, O my soul; O praise the Lord.
Notes on Psalm 104:26-36
This is a psalm celebrating the variety of ways in which God is experienced and expressed in the richness of life around us. And so today we will hear it read in a variety of languages. What is the language of God? All of them? What is appropriate as the language of worship? More than only the language in which we may be locked, for this challenges us to see life and God and reality from different perspectives.