Introduction to the Reading for Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Psalter is a collection of prayers and songs composed over the course of Israel’s history. Their primary purpose is to praise God in worship.
This morning’s reading comes to us from Psalm 104, Part Two.
In keeping with our focus on the season of Creation, listen for how this hymn of thanksgiving portrays the joyful interplay between God the Creator, Creation itself, and its many creatures.
Reading from Psalm 104, Part Two (24-35) Refrain 1, VU p. 826 and 827
O God, how manifold are your works!
With Wisdom at your side you made them all,
the earth is full of your creatures. R (Refrain)
There lies the great and mighty Sea,
Teeming with living things both great and small.
Upon it sail the ships,
And there is Leviathan, the monster you made to play in it.
All these look to you,
To give them their food in due season.
What you give them they gather up.
When you open your hand,
You fill them with good things.
But when you hide your face they despair.
When you take away their breath, they die, and return to dust.
But when you send out your spirit, they live again,
And you renew the face of the earth. R (refrain)
May your glory, O God, endure forever.
May you rejoice, O God, in your works.
When you look at the earth it trembles.
When you touch the mountains they smoke.
I will sing to God as long as I live.
I will praise my God while I have being. R (Refrain)
Music by Amy Grant