Lord, I will sing for ever of your loving kindnesses:
my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness throughout all generations.
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord:
and let your faithfulness be sung by your holy ones in cathedrals and karri forests.
O Lord God of hosts, who is like you?:
your power and your faithfulness are all about you.
You rule the raging of the sea:
when its waves surge at Yallingup, you still them,
when its tides rush in at Hedland, you level them.
You created the Kimberley and the Great Southern:
Kununurra and Esperance shall sing of your name.
The endless array of the stars is yours:
and so are the far-dreamt deserts of the interior.
You founded the fertile valleys of the West:
and filled the rivers with gilgies and fish.
Happy the people who know the cry of the black cockatoo:
who walk, O Lord, in the paths of your creating.
They rejoice all the day because of your name:
because of your righteousness they are exalted.
Our land belongs to our God:
our country to the One who makes us.
(Acknowledging Professor David Frost’s version of Psalm 89 in A Prayer Book for Australia)
* karri – eucalyptus diverticolor trees which grow extremely straight up to 80 metres.
* gilgie – a freshwater crustacean found in West Australian waters.