24O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
26There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
27These all look to you to give them their food in due season;
28when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
29When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.
35Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord!
As I take a slow walk around my yard on nights like these, where we’ve been without rain for days and the sand seems to be more visible than the grass, I lift up prayers for renewal. Renewal of a land parched and cracking. Renewal of my soul as the days seem to shorten and responsibilities increasing. Renewal as we enter a season when family connections are more intentional and traditions are revived. Renewal as I pray God’s care for the creation spoken of since the beginning of this Psalm is something I can experience too, O my soul.
We pray indeed for blessings, O Lord, may our minds, bodies and souls experience the renewal of your grace. May our enjoyment of your creation give us peace. Amen.