7. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths. 8. Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9. You mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10. Wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11. Kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12. Young men and maidens, old men and children. 13. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; His splendor is above the earth and the heavens. 14. He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, Of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the Lord.
Reflection by Darlene Wagner
There is little I can say in plain words that compares with the grand scope of Nature in the Psalmist’s words. The storms, mountains, trees, animals, and humankind together form a sort of orchestra. Simply by being full of life, all things make music for their Creator. Such loveliness is best reserved for poetry and prayers.
I thank and praise you, Creator, who provides me with food, home, and friendship. My spouse who wins my heart each day And fur-friend’s paws beside my feet. How you have never ceased fulfilling needs And giving more than I deserve! May my own humble song join Nature’s praise: Borne on late summer trees, In murmuring mountain streams, And glorious thunderclaps on high!