Scripture References:  Psalms

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Psalms References

Scriptures Related to Creation/Nature/Outdoors

Here is a big list of references in the book of Psalms pertaining to creation, science, nature, and exploring God’s handiwork with thanksgiving.  This is a fountain of material for inspirational lessons for outdoor teaching opportunities!
See also: general Scripture References and references in Proverbs.

Note: short descriptions, not quotations, are provided for each passage.  Be sure to examine the verses in context.


Psalms

Ps 1:3He who meditates in law of Lord is like tree by streams of water, scoffer like chaff
Ps 8:1-9O Lord, how majestic is Thy name in all the earth; splendor above the heavens
Ps 8:3-4When I consider the heavens, the works of Thy hands... what is man?
Ps 8:6-8Thou hast put all things under his feet: sheep, oxen, birds, fish
Ps 17:12Enemies like a lion that tears
Ps 18:7ffHe heard my cry...earth quaked, mountains trembled...wind, storm, clouds, hail
Ps 19:1Heavens declare glory of God, firmament shows His handiwork
Ps 19:2Day unto day utters speech, night unto night shows knowledge
Ps 19:3-4[Nonverbal communication, but universal]; their line gone throughout all the earth
Ps 19:4b-6Sun...nothing hidden from the heat thereof; like bridegroom, runner
Ps 23:1-6The Lord is my shepherd; pasture, streams, pastoral imagery
Ps 24:1The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, world and all it contains
Ps 24:2Founded [earth] upon the seas, established it upon rivers.
Ps 26:7That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and declare all Thy wonders
Ps 28:5Because they do not regard the works of the Lord nor the deeds of His hands, He will tear them down
Ps 29:1Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name
Ps 29:3-9The voice of the Lord is powerful, [compared to thunder]
Ps 29:10The Lord sat as king at the [Noah’s] flood
Ps 30:9Will the dust praise Thee? Will it declare Thy faithfulness? [implies living should]
Ps 32:9Don’t be like the horse or mule that have no understanding; need bridle and bit
Ps 33:5Earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord
Ps 33:6By word of the Lord heavens were made, by breath all their host
Ps 33:7Gathers waters of the sea in heap, lays up deeps in storehouses
Ps 33:8-9Let inhabitants of world stand in awe of Him, for He spoke and it was done [fiat creation]
Ps 33:13-15Lord looks from heaven...He fashions the hearts of them all, understands their works
Ps 34:10Young lions do lack and suffer hunger, seekers of the Lord will not be in want
Ps 36:5Thy lovingkindness O Lord extends to the heavens, Thy faithfulness to the skies
Ps 36:6aThe righteousness is like the mountains of God; judgments like a great deep
Ps 36:6bO Lord, Thou preservest man and beast
Ps 36:7-9Children of men take refuge in shadow of Thy wings, drink of Thy river/fountain
Ps 37:20The enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures [wildflowers]; they vanish like smoke
Ps 40:5Many, O Lord, are the wonders which Thou hast done, thoughts; too numerous
Ps 42:1As deer pants for the water brooks...[this Psalm written by a hiker]
Ps 42:7From mount...deep calls to deep at roar of Thy waterfalls, breakers roll over me
Ps 46:1-3God is our refuge and strength; not fear at earthquakes, landslides, roaring sea
Ps 46:4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God
Ps 46:6Nations in uproar; He raised His voice, the earth melted
Ps 46:8Come, behold the works of the Lord Who has wrought desolations in the earth
Ps 46:10Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth
Ps 49:12, 20Man in his pomp will not endure, is like the beasts that perish
Ps 50:1The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising to the setting
Ps 50:4He calls to the heavens above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people
Ps 50:6The heavens declare His righteousness
Ps 50:10-12Every beast, cattle on 1000 hills, bird, every creature, the world is Mine
Ps 50:14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
Ps 55:6-8O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest in wilderness
Ps 57:5,11Be exalted above the heavens, O God; let Thy glory be above the earth
Ps 57:10Thy lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Thy truth to the clouds
Ps 60:2Thou hast made the land quake, Thou hast split it open
Ps 63:1My soul thirsts for Thee...in a dry and weary land where there is no water
Ps 65:5By awesome deeds...Thou who art the trust of all the earth, farthest sea
Ps 65:6-7Established the mountains, still the roaring of the seas, waves, tumult of peoples
Ps 65:8In awe of Thy signs, make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy
Ps 65:9-13Visits earth, makes it overflow, enriches it, streams full, prepares grain, earth
Ps 65:10-13[God’s providence over water, rain, pastures, wilderness, hills, meadows, flocks]
Ps 66:1-4Shout joyfully...sing, make His praise glorious...awesome works...all earth worships
Ps 66:5-6Come and see the works of God: turned sea to dry land, passed over on foot
Ps 67:6-7The earth has yielded its produce, God blesses that ends of earth may fear Him
Ps 68:4-6Sing to God...who rides thru the deserts; only rebellious dwell in a parched land
Ps 68:7-10[quakes, rain in the wilderness, God provided goodness for those who settled]
Ps 68:13When you lie down among the sheepfolds, [God’s wings like a dove to protect]
Ps 68:14-16When the Almighty scattered kings there it was snowing in Bashan, mtn of God
Ps 68:30Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds
Ps 68:32-35Ascribe strength to God...mighty voice...strength in the skies
Ps 69:34Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them
Ps 71:6By Thee have I been sustained from my birth...from mother’s womb
Ps 71:15-16My mouth is filled with Thy praise...the mighty deeds of God
Ps 71:19Thy righteousness, O God, reaches to heavens, Thou who hast done great things
Ps 72:1-7[King judgments likened to mountains, hills, sun, moon, rain,
Ps 72:1-7 showers, sea, river, desert, islands, grain, cedars, sun]
Ps 72:16May there be abundance of grain...may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field
Ps 72:18-19Blessed by the Lord...who alone works wonders...may earth be filled with glory
Ps 73:22Then I was senseless and ignorant, like a beast before Thee
Ps 73:28I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Thy works
Ps 74:5ff[Slash and burn analogy for Temple destruction]
Ps 74:12-17God’s rule in nature, sea, Leviathan, springs, torrents, day, night, sun, seasons:
Ps 74:12-17 [all this a remembrance in the midst of a seeming lack of God’s care]
Ps 75:1Thanks, men declare Thy wondrous works. [horn: like ram’s, symbol of power]
Ps 75:3When the earth totters...it is I who keep steady its pillars
Ps 76:4Thou art resplendent, more majestic than the mountains of prey
Ps 77:11-14[Recounting of the deeds of the Lord, historical and natural]
Ps 77:16-20Sovereignty over waters, clouds, lightning, thunder, sea, Red Sea
Ps 78:4[Recounting of God’s works; 12-39 manna, water, quail, etc]
Ps 78:6-7Teach children to put their confidence in God, not to forget His works
Ps 78:23-24Yet He commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven, and he rained down manna to eat
Ps 78:40-54[Rebellion in the desert, plagues of Egypt, rebellion now in spite of God’s works]
Ps 78:69bLike the earth which He has founded forever
Ps 80[Israel, like transplanted vine, now devoured]
Ps 81:3New moon and full moon feasts
Ps 83:18Most High over all the earth
Ps 84:1How lovely are Thy dwelling places; swallow found nest in Temple altar
Ps 84:6Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring
Ps 85:11Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky
Ps 85:12The Lord will give what is good, and land yield produce; truth springs from earth, righteousness from the heavens [natural theology]
Ps 86:8-10No one like Thee among the gods, nor any works like Thine...wondrous deeds
Ps 87:1His foundation is in the holy mountains [Zion]
Ps 89:2In the heavens Thou wilt establish Thy faithfulness
Ps 89:5-6Heavens will praise Thy wonders...for who in the skies is comparable to the Lord?
Ps 89:8-9Thy faithfulness surrounds Thee, Thou rule the swelling of the sea, waves
Ps 89:11-12The heavens are Thine, world; founded N and S, created Tabor and Hermon
Ps 89:13-14Strong arm, hand is mighty; righteousness and justice, lovingkindness and truth
Ps 89:36-37David’s throne established forever like the sun and moon
Ps 89:47Remember how short my time is, for what vanity you have created all the children of man
Ps 90:2[Moses] Before mountains born...from everlasting Thou art God
Ps 90:5-6Withering of grass like man; brevity of life
Ps 91:3Protection from deadly pestilence...it is He who delivers
Ps 91:13Tread on lion, cobra, etc
Ps 92:4-5I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands...great works...thoughts are very deep
Ps 92:6A senseless man has no knowledge, nor does a stupid man understand this
Ps 92:12-14Righteous man flourish like palm tree, cedar...still yield fruit in old age, full of sap
Ps 93:1The Lord reigns, world firmly established, it will not be moved (96:10)
Ps 93:3Floods have lifted up their voice [symbolic of rebels]
Ps 94:9He who planted ear, does He not hear? formed eye, does He not see?
Ps 94:10Who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Who teaches man knowledge?
Ps 94:11Lord knows thoughts of a man, that they are a mere breath
Ps 95:3-4Lord is a great king above all gods...In Whose hand are depths of the earth, peaks of mountains are His also
Ps 95:5Sea is His, for it was He who made it, hands formed the dry land
Ps 95:6-7 Let us...kneel before Lord our Maker, we are people of pasture, sheep of His hand
Ps 96:2-3Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord
Ps 96:4Great is the Lord, greatly to be praised, He is to be feared above all gods
Ps 96:5For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens
Ps 96:11-12Let the heavens be glad, earth rejoice, sea roar, field exult, all trees sing for joy
Ps 97:1The Lord reigns; let the earth rejoice, let the many islands be glad
Ps 97:2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him, righteousness and justice
Ps 97:4-5His lightning lit up the world; earth saw and trembled, mountains melted
Ps 97:6The heavens declare His righteousness and all peoples have seen His glory
Ps 97:9For you, O Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods
Ps 97:11Light is sown like seed for the righteous
Ps 98:1Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!
Ps 98:4Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Ps 98:7Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it
Ps 98:8Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth
Ps 99:1The Lord reigns; let peoples tremble, earth shake
Ps 100:1-2Shout joyfully to the Lord all the earth, serve the Lord with gladness
Ps 100:3Know that Lord is God, it is He who made us...we are sheep of His pasture.
Ps 102:6I resemble a pelican in the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places
Ps 102:25Of old Thou formed the earth, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands
Ps 102:26They will perish but You endure, they will wear out like a garment...changed [2nd Law of TD]
Ps 103:1-2Bless the Lord O my soul...forget none of His benefits:
Ps 103:5Who satisfies your years with good things, so that youth is renewed like eagle
Ps 103:11As high as heavens above the earth, so great His mercy to those who fear Him
Ps 103:12As far as east from west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us
Ps 103:14-15He is mindful that we are but dust; man’s days like grass, flower that flourishes
Ps 103:19The Lord has established His throne above heavens; sovereignty rules over all
Ps 103:22Bless the Lord, all you works of His
Ps 104:1Bless the Lord O my soul. O Lord my God, Thou art very great
Ps 104:1-2Clothed with splendor and majesty, cover Thyself with light as with a cloak,
Ps 104:1-2Stretching out the heavens like a tent curtain
Ps 104:3-6Wonders of atmosphere, clouds, wind, angels, earth, foundations
Ps 104:6-9Flood waters receded from mountains, mountains rose, boundary for seas
Ps 104:11-13Springs in valleys, drink for beasts, birds, bird songs; rain on mountains
Ps 104:14-15Grass for cattle, man, wine, oil, food
Ps 104:16-18Trees, cedars He planted, birds, stork, nests, wild goats, badgers
Ps 104:19-23[Diurnal and nocturnal animals: lions; man rises and goes to work till evening]
Ps 104:24O Lord, how many are Thy works! in wisdom Thou hast made them all; the earth is full of Thy possessions
Ps 104:25-26Sea, swarms of animals without number, animals great and small; ships, Leviathan
Ps 104:27-28All wait for Thee for food in due season, they gather, are satisfied with good
Ps 104:29He hides His face, they are dismayed, take away their spirit, they expire to dust
Ps 104:30He sends His Spirit, they are created, Thou does renew the face of the ground
Ps 104:31Let the glory of the Lord endure forever, let the Lord be glad in His works
Ps 104:32Earthquakes and volcanoes: touches the mountains and they smoke
Ps 104:34-35Let my meditation be pleasing; be glad in the Lord, let sinners be consumed
Ps 105:1-2Give thanks, call upon His name, make His deeds known, speak of His wonders
Ps 105:4-5Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually, remember His wonders
Ps 106:2Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Lord, or can show forth all His praise?
Ps 106:3-48[Recounting of mighty deeds of God in wilderness, yet Israel’s unfaithfulness]
Ps 107:4They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region
Ps 107:23ffMiracles of salvation in the sea; storms etc
Ps 107:33-34Changes rivers into wilderness, springs to salt waste because of wickedness
Ps 107:35-38Changes wilderness to pool of water and there makes the hungry to dwell, sow
Ps 107:43Who is wise? let him give heed to these things and consider lovingkindness of God
Ps 108:4Sing, give thanks, Thy lovingkindness great above heavens, truth to skies
Ps 108:5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens...glory above all the earth
Ps 111:1Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart...
Ps 111:2Great are the works of the Lord; they are studied by all who delight in them
Ps 111:3Splendid and majestic is His work, and his righteousness endures forever
Ps 111:4He has made His wonders to be remembered; gracious, compassionate
Ps 111:5Given food to those who fear Him; will remember His covenant
Ps 111:6Made known to His people the power of His works...heritage of nations
Ps 113:3-4From rising to setting of sun Lord is to be praised, His glory above the heavens
Ps 113:5Who is like the Lord God...Who humbles Himself to behold heaven and earth
Ps 114:7-8Tremble earth before the Lord; rock to pool, flint to fountain of water
Ps 115:3Our God is in the heavens, He does whatever He pleases
Ps 115:15May you be blessed of the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth
Ps 115:16Heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but earth He has given to the sons of men
Ps 118:17I shall not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord
Ps 118:24This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice be glad in it
Ps 119:27Make me understand the way of Thy precepts so I will meditate on Thy wonders
Ps 119:64The earth is full of Thy lovingkindness, O Lord; teach me Thy statutes
Ps 119:73Thy hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn
Ps 119:90Thy faithfulness continues...Thou didst establish the earth and it stands
Ps 119:91By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are Your servants.
Ps 121:1I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence comes my help?
Ps 121:2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth
Ps 121:6The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night
Ps 123:1To Thee I lift up my eyes, O Thou who art enthroned in the heavens
Ps 124:1-7[Analogies of dangers as of floods and snares of predators, trappers]
Ps 124:8Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth
Ps 133:1-2Unity among brethren like oil of anointing flowing down Aaron’s beard,
Ps 133:3Like the dew of Hermon, coming down upon the mountains of Zion
Ps 134:3May the Lord bless you from Zion; He who made heaven and earth
Ps 135:5For I know that the Lord is great above all gods...
Ps 135:6Whatever He pleases, He does in heaven, earth, seas, all deeps
Ps 135:7Causes vapor to ascend from the ends of the earth, lightning, wind, rain
Ps 136“For his lovingkindness is everlasting” [after every verse]
Ps 136:4-5Who alone does great wonders...made heavens with skill...
Ps 136:6-9Spread out the earth above the waters...made great lights...sun, moon, stars...
Ps 136:16Led His people through the wilderness
Ps 136:23-26Gives food to all flesh...Give thanks to the God of heaven...
Ps 138:8 Do not forsake the work of your hands
Ps 139[Psalm of God’s omniscience and omnipresence]
Ps 139:7-9Where can I go from your Spirit/presence? heaven, Sheol, dawn, sea depths
Ps 139:13Thou formed my inward parts, weave me in my mother’s womb
Ps 139:14Fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, my soul knows
Ps 139:15My frame not hidden when made in secret, skillfully wrought [fetus]
Ps 139:16Thine eyes seen my unformed substance, in Thy book written, days ordained
Ps 144:3O Lord, what is man, that Thou take knowledge of him?
Ps 144:5Bow Thy heavens, come down, touch the mountains that they may smoke
Ps 144:6Flash forth lightning and scatter them, send out thine arrows, confuse them
Ps 144:14Let our cattle bear, without mishap, without loss
Ps 145:3Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable
Ps 145:4One generation shall praise Thy works to another, declare mighty acts
Ps 145:5On the glorious splendor of Thy majesty and on Thy wonderful works meditate
Ps 145:6-7Men shall speak of Thy power and Thine awesome acts; I will tell of greatness
Ps 145:9 Lord is good to all and His mercies are over all His works
Ps 145:10-11Thy works give thanks to Thee; Thy godly ones bless Thee, speak of Thy power
Ps 145:12-13Tell of Thy kingdom, everlasting, endures through all generations
Ps 145:14-16Lord sustains all who fall...Thou givest them their food in due time, all living
Ps 146:5-6Blessed is he whose help is in the God of Jacob...Who made heaven, earth, sea
Ps 147:4-5He counts number of the stars, He calls them all by name; strength, understanding
Ps 147:8-9Covers heavens with clouds, provides rain, grass, food for beasts, ravens
Ps 147:10-11Does not delight in the strength of the horse, nor in legs of a man, but fear Him
Ps 147:14He makes peace in your borders, satisfies you with finest of wheat
Ps 147:15He sends forth His command to the earth, His word runs very swiftly
Ps 147:16-17Gives snow like wool, frost like ashes, ice like fragments, who can stand cold?
Ps 147:18Sends forth His word and melts them, causes wind to blow and waters to flow
Ps 147:19-20[Compare God’s written revelation with natural revelation]
Ps 148:1-4Praise from heavens, heights, angels, hosts, sun, moon, stars of light, heavens
Ps 148:5Let them praise the name of the Lord for He commanded and they were created
Ps 148:6-8Earth, sea monsters, deeps, fire, hail, snow, clouds, wind fulfills His word
Ps 148:9-10Mountains, hills, fruit trees, cedars, beasts, cattle, creeping things, winged fowl
Ps 148:11-14People, Israel, let them praise the Lord, exalted above heaven and earth
Ps 149:2Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
Ps 150:1-2Praise Him in His mighty expanse, praise Him for His mighty deeds
Ps 150:6Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord; praise ye the Lord!