A Call for the Universe to Praise God
1Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from heaven,
you that live in the heights above.
2Praise him, all his angels,
all his heavenly armies.
3Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, shining stars.
4Praise him, highest heavens,
and the waters above the sky.#148.4: waters above the sky: See Gn 1.6, 7.
5Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
He commanded, and they were created;
6by his command they were fixed in their places forever,
and they cannot disobey.#148.6: by his command … disobey; or he has fixed them in their places for all time, by a command that lasts forever.
7Praise the Lord from the earth,
sea monsters and all ocean depths;
8lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
strong winds that obey his command.
9Praise him, hills and mountains,
fruit trees and forests;
10all animals, tame and wild,
reptiles and birds.
11Praise him, kings and all peoples,
princes and all other rulers;
12young women and young men,
old people and children too.
13Let them all praise the name of the Lord!
His name is greater than all others;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
14He made his nation strong,
so that all his people praise him—
the people of Israel, so dear to him.
Praise the Lord!