Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
This is indeed a hymn to God the Creator and Provider. It brings to mind the meaning of the word ecology: The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments, and the effects of human civilization on them as well. It even heralds the "Leviathan" that God formed to sport in the seas. I think of whales, dolphins, and sharks, jumping and diving, having fun because that is part of their God-given nature.
The Psalmist speaks for all of us as God's creatures: "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being." If this Psalm could be required reading for those in our culture who believe that nature is something to be exploited, not preserved or sustained, we might have a different world to pass on to the generations to come.
Gracious God, help us all to be enamored of, and in harmony with, the world you loved so greatly that you sent us Jesus Christ. Amen.
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b (NRSV)
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
35b Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!