Waters of Blessing - Contemplating Psalm 104 (River Crossings)

Diamond Peak and Odell Lake, Oregon 



Bless the Lord, O my soul.
    O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,
    wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
    you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
    you ride on the wings of the wind,
you make the winds your messengers,
    fire and flame your ministers.
You set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it shall never be shaken.
You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee;
    at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.
They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys
    to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.
10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills,
11 giving drink to every wild animal;
    the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
    they sing among the branches.
13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.


As I continue my River Crossings sabbatical journey, I invite you to contemplate the words of the Psalm, and allow the refreshing waters of God overflow you. The Psalmist declares of God, that God has watered the mountains so that the earth might be satisfied with the work of God. Psalm 104 is a celebration of creation. In times like this, when so many are feeling overwhelmed, perhaps this might be a good time to consider the beauty of God’s creation, soak it in, and remember that God is present even when we're not feeling it.


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