1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou artThe prophet shows that we do not need to enter into the heavens to seek God, for as much as all the order of nature, with the propriety and placing of the elements, are living mirrors to see his majesty in.clothed with honour and majesty.
2 Which couereth himselfe with light as with a garment, and spreadeth the heauens like a curtaine.
3 Which layeth the beames of his chambers in the waters, and maketh the cloudes his chariot, and walketh vpon the wings of the winde.
4 WhoAs the prophet here shows that all visible powers are ready to serve God: so in (Heb_1:7) the angels also, are obedient to his commandment.maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
5 He set the earth vpon her foundations, so that it shall neuer moue.
6 Thou coveredst it with theYou make the sea to be an ornament to the earth.deep as [with] a garment: theIf by your power you did not bridle the rage of the waters, the whole world would be destroyed.waters stood above the mountains.
7 But at thy rebuke they flee: at the voyce of thy thunder they haste away.
8 And the mountaines ascend, and the valleis descend to the place which thou hast established for them.
9 But thou hast set them a bounde, which they shall not passe: they shall not returne to couer the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the valleis, which runne betweene the mountaines.
11 They give drink to everyIf God provides for the beasts, much more will he extend his provident care to man.beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 ByThere is no part of the world so barren where most evident signs of God's blessing do not appear.them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, [which] sing among the branches.
13 He watereth the hills from hisFrom the clouds.chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service ofHe describes God's providential care over man, who not only provides necessary things for him such as herbs and other meat: but also things to rejoice and comfort him such as wine and oil or ointments.man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
15 And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oyle to make the face to shine, and bread that strengtheneth mans heart.
16 The high trees are satisfied, euen the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted,
17 That ye birdes may make their nestes there: the storke dwelleth in the firre trees.
18 The high mountaines are for the goates: the rockes are a refuge for the conies.
19 He appointedAs to separate the night from the day, and to note days, months and years.the moon for seasons:That is, by his course, either far or near, it notes summer, winter and other seasons.the sun knoweth his going down.
20 Thou makest darkenesse, and it is night, wherein all the beastes of the forest creepe forth.
21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meatThat is, they only find meat according to God's providence, who cares even for the brute beasts.from God.
22 When the sunne riseth, they retire, and couche in their dennes.
23 That is, when the day springs for the light is as it were a shield to defend man against the tyranny and fierceness of beasts.Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
24 O LORD, howHe confesses that no tongue is able to express God's works nor mind to comprehend them.manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
25 So is this sea great and wide: for therein are things creeping innumerable, both small beastes and great.
26 There goe the shippes, yea, that Liuiathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27 God is a nourishing father, who provides for all creatures their daily foods.These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give [them] their meat in due season.
28 Thou giuest it to them, and they gather it: thou openest thine hand, and they are filled with good things.
29 ThouAs by your presence all things have life; so if you withdraw your blessings they all perish.hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
30 ThouAs the death of creatures shows that we are nothing of ourselves: so their generation declares that we receive all things from our Creator.sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.
31 Glory be to the Lord for euer: let the Lord reioyce in his workes.
32 He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and theyGod's merciful face gives strength to the earth, but his severe countenance burns the mountains.smoke.
33 I will sing vnto the Lord all my life: I will prayse my God, while I liue.
34 Let my wordes be acceptable vnto him: I will reioyce in the Lord.
35 Let the sinners beWho infect the world, and so cause it to be that God cannot rejoice in his work.consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.