Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly.
The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars, he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our LORD, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
The LORD lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; make melody to our God upon the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds, he prepares rain for the earth, he makes grass grow upon the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens which cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man;
but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your sons within you.
He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
He sends forth his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He casts forth his ice like morsels; who can stand before his cold?
He sends forth his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the LORD!
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)