Hallelujah! It's a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.
God's the one who rebuilds Jerusalem, who regathers Israel's scattered exiles.
He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we'll never comprehend what he knows and does
God puts the fallen on their feet again and pushes the wicked into the ditch.
Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn, play music on your instruments to God,
Who fills the sky with clouds, preparing rain for the earth, Then turning the mountains green with grass,
feeding both cattle and crows.
He's not impressed with horsepower; the size of our muscles means little to him.
Those who fear God get God's attention; they can depend on his strength.
Jerusalem, worship God! Zion, praise your God!
He made your city secure, he blessed your children among you.
He keeps the peace at your borders, he puts the best bread on your tables.
He launches his promises earthward - how swift and sure they come!
He spreads snow like a white fleece, he scatters frost like ashes,
He broadcasts hail like birdseed - who can survive his winter?
Then he gives the command and it all melts; he breathes on winter - suddenly it's spring!
He speaks the same way to Jacob, speaks words that work to Israel.
He never did this to the other nations; they never heard such commands. Hallelujah!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)