Psalms 103–104

A Psalm of David.

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and forget not all His benefits,

3 who forgives all your iniquities,

who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit,

who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5 who satisfies your mouth with good things,

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord does righteousness

and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known His ways to Moses,

His acts to the people of Israel.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9 He will not always accuse,

neither will He keep his anger forever.

10 He does not treat us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,

so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord gives compassion to those who fear Him.

14 For He knows how we are formed;

He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass;

as a flower of the field he flourishes.

16 For the hot wind passes over it, and it is gone;

the place where it was is not known.

17 But the mercy of the Lord

is from everlasting to everlasting

upon those who fear Him,

and His righteousness to children’s children,

18 to those who keep His covenant,

and to those who remember to do His commandments.

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,

and His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,

who are mighty, and do His commands,

and obey the voice of His word.

21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts;

you servants who do His pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all His works,

in all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 104

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord my God, You are very great!

You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2 covering Yourself with light as a garment,

who stretches out the heavens like a tent curtain,

3 who lays the upper beams of His chambers on the waters above,

who makes the clouds His chariot,

who rides upon the wings of the wind,

4 who makes His angels as winds,

His ministers a flaming fire.

5 You laid the earth on its foundations,

so that it should never be moved.

6 You covered it with the deep as a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

7 At Your rebuke they fled;

at the sound of Your thunder they departed away.

8 The mountains rose up;

the valleys went down

to the place that You appointed them.

9 You set a boundary that they may not pass over,

that they may not again cover the earth.

10 You send the springs to gush forth in the valleys,

which flow between the hills.

11 They give drink to every animal of the field;

the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 By them the birds of the heavens have their habitation;

they sing among the branches.

13 You water the mountains from Your lofty chamber;

the earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

14 You cause the grass to grow for the cattle

and plants for the cultivation of man,

that he may bring forth food from the earth

15 and wine that makes glad the heart of man,

and oil that makes shine his face,

and bread that strengthens his heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,

the cedars of Lebanon that He has planted,

17 where the birds make their nests,

where the stork has its home in the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats,

and the rocks a refuge for the badgers.

19 He set the moon to mark the appointed seasons;

the sun knows its time for going down.

20 You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the animals of the forest go forth.

21 The young lions roar after their prey

and seek their food from God.

22 When the sun arises, they gather themselves together

and lay down in their dens.

23 Man goes forth to his work

and to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are Your works!

With wisdom You have made them all;

the earth is full of Your creatures—

25 so is this great and wide sea,

which is full of innumerable creatures,

living animals both small and great.

26 There go the ships,

and there is Leviathan, which You have made to play in it.

27 These all wait upon You,

that You may give them their food in due season.

28 When You give it to them,

they gather it;

when You open Your hand,

they are filled with good food.

29 When You hide Your face,

they are troubled;

You take away their breath,

and they die and return to their dust.

30 When You send forth Your Spirit,

they are created,

and You renew the surface of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in His works.

32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles;

He touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 May my meditation be sweet to Him,

for I will be glad in the Lord.

35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord!

1 Corinthians 2

1 Brothers, when I came to you, I did not come with superiority of speech or wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4 My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6 Yet we speak wisdom among those who are mature, although not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age knew it. For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written,

“Eye has not seen,

nor ear heard,

nor has it entered into the heart of man

the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit.

For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Likewise, no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, so that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God. 13 These things also we proclaim, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things. Yet he himself is not judged by anyone. 16 For

“who has known the mind of the Lord

that he may instruct Him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.