Lectionary Reflection for the Day of Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 104:

Psalm 104, a psalm of praise, focuses on God’s creative work. Complementing descriptions of creation in Gen. 1 and Job 38-39, this text stresses God’s ongoing involvement with creation.

It is especially noteworthy for its luminous description of God “wrapped in light as with a garment” (v. 2), for stressing God’s ongoing involvement with creation as one who “grows grass for cattle” (v. 14) and “brings forth wine to gladden the human heart” (v. 15), for renewing creation by the breath of the spirit (v. 30), and for taking delight in all of creation (v. 31).

Like Ps. 103, it begins and ends by calling the self to praise.


A prayer for reflection:

God who spoke creation into being,
astonishing the angels with galaxies and sunsets,
all your creatures proclaim your majestic power and playful wisdom.
Send forth your renewing Spirit, that we might discover your purpose for us
and live for your glory and delight. Amen.


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