1 The truly happy person doesn't follow wicked advice, doesn't stand on the road of sinners, and doesn't sit with the disrespectful. 2 Instead of doing those things, these persons love the LORD's Instruction, and they recite God's Instruction day and night! 3 They are like a tree replanted by streams of water, which bears fruit at just the right time and whose leaves don't fade. Whatever they do succeeds. 4 That's not true for the wicked! They are like dust that the wind blows away. 5 And that's why the wicked will have no standing in the court of justice— neither will sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 The LORD is intimately acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked is destroyed.
1 Why do the nations rant? Why do the peoples rave uselessly? 2 The earth's rulers take their stand; the leaders scheme together against the LORD and against his anointed one. 3 "Come!" they say. "We will tear off their ropes and throw off their chains!" 4 The one who rules in heaven laughs; my Lord makes fun of them. 5 But then God speaks to them angrily; then he terrifies them with his fury: 6 "I hereby appoint my king on Zion, my holy mountain!" 7 I will announce the LORD's decision: He said to me, "You are my son, today I have become your father. 8 Just ask me, and I will make the nations your possession; the far corners of the earth will be your property. 9 You will smash them with an iron rod; you will shatter them like a pottery jar." 10 So kings, wise up! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! 11 Serve the LORD reverently— trembling, 12 kiss his feet or else he will become angry, and your way will be destroyed because his anger ignites in an instant. But all who take refuge in the LORD are truly happy!
1 Who can live in your tent, LORD? Who can dwell on your holy mountain? 2 The person who lives free of blame, does what is right, and speaks the truth sincerely; 3 who does no damage with their talk, does no harm to a friend, doesn't insult a neighbor; 4 someone who despises those who act wickedly, but who honors those who honor the LORD; someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts; 5 someone who doesn't lend money with interest, who won't accept a bribe against any innocent person. Whoever does these things will never stumble.
1 My God! My God, why have you left me all alone? Why are you so far from saving me— so far from my anguished groans? 2 My God, I cry out during the day, but you don't answer; even at nighttime I don't stop. 3 You are the holy one, enthroned. You are Israel's praise. 4 Our ancestors trusted you— they trusted you and you rescued them; 5 they cried out to you and they were saved; they trusted you and they weren't ashamed. 6 But I'm just a worm, less than human; insulted by one person, despised by another. 7 All who see me make fun of me— they gape, shaking their heads: 8 "He committed himself to the LORD, so let God rescue him; let God deliver him because God likes him so much." 9 But you are the one who pulled me from the womb, placing me safely at my mother's breasts. 10 I was thrown on you from birth; you've been my God since I was in my mother's womb. 11 Please don't be far from me, because trouble is near and there's no one to help. 12 Many bulls surround me; mighty bulls from Bashan encircle me. 13 They open their mouths at me like a lion ripping and roaring! 14 I'm poured out like water. All my bones have fallen apart. My heart is like wax; it melts inside me. 15 My strength is dried up like a piece of broken pottery. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you've set me down in the dirt of death. 16 Dogs surround me; a pack of evil people circle me like a lion— oh, my poor hands and feet! 17 I can count all my bones! Meanwhile, they just stare at me, watching me. 18 They divvy up my garments among themselves; they cast lots for my clothes. 19 But you, LORD! Don't be far away! You are my strength! Come quick and help me! 20 Deliver me from the sword. Deliver my life from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the mouth of the lion. From the horns of the wild oxen you have answered me! 22 I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; I will praise you in the very center of the congregation! 23 All of you who revere the LORD—praise him! All of you who are Jacob's descendants—honor him! All of you who are all Israel's offspring— stand in awe of him! 24 Because he didn't despise or detest the suffering of the one who suffered— he didn't hide his face from me. No, he listened when I cried out to him for help. 25 I offer praise in the great congregation because of you; I will fulfill my promises in the presence of those who honor God. 26 Let all those who are suffering eat and be full! Let all who seek the LORD praise him! I pray your hearts live forever! 27 Every part of the earth will remember and come back to the LORD; every family among all the nations will worship you. 28 Because the right to rule belongs to the LORD, he rules all nations. 29 Indeed, all the earth's powerful will worship him; all who are descending to the dust will kneel before him; my being also lives for him. 30 Future descendants will serve him; generations to come will be told about my Lord. 31 They will proclaim God's righteousness to those not yet born, telling them what God has done.
1 The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3 he keeps me alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me. 5 You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! 6 Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the LORD's house as long as I live.
1 The earth is the LORD's and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants too. 2 Because God is the one who established it on the seas; God set it firmly on the waters. 3 Who can ascend the LORD's mountain? Who can stand in his holy sanctuary? 4 Only the one with clean hands and a pure heart; the one who hasn't made false promises, the one who hasn't sworn dishonestly. 5 That kind of person receives blessings from the LORD and righteousness from the God who saves. 6 And that's how things are with the generation that seeks him— that seeks the face of Jacob's God. Selah 7 Mighty gates: lift up your heads! Ancient doors: rise up high! So the glorious king can enter! 8 Who is this glorious king? The LORD—strong and powerful! The LORD—powerful in battle! 9 Mighty gates: lift up your heads! Ancient doors: rise up high! So the glorious king can enter! 10 Who is this glorious king? The LORD of heavenly forces— he is the glorious king! Selah
1 Clap your hands, all you people! Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout! 2 Because the LORD Most High is awesome, he is the great king of the whole world. 3 He subdues the nations under us, subdues all people beneath our feet. 4 He chooses our inheritance for us: the heights of Jacob, which he loves. Selah 5 God has gone up with a joyous shout— the LORD with the blast of the ram's horn. 6 Sing praises to God! Sing praises! Sing praises to our king! Sing praises 7 because God is king of the whole world! Sing praises with a song of instruction! 8 God is king over the nations. God sits on his holy throne. 9 The leaders of all people are gathered with the people of Abraham's God because the earth's guardians belong to God; God is exalted beyond all.
1 Let God rise up; let his enemies scatter; let those who hate him run scared before him! 2 Like smoke is driven away, drive them away! Like wax melting before fire, let the wicked perish before God! 3 But let the righteous be glad and celebrate before God. Let them rejoice with gladness! 4 Sing to God! Sing praises to his name! Exalt the one who rides the clouds! The LORD is his name. Celebrate before him! 5 Father of orphans and defender of widows is God in his holy habitation. 6 God settles the lonely in their homes; he sets prisoners free with happiness, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land. 7 When you went forth before your people, God, when you marched through the wasteland, Selah 8 the earth shook! Yes, heaven poured down before God, the one from Sinai— before God, the God of Israel! 9 You showered down abundant rain, God; when your inheritance grew weary, you restored it yourself, 10 and your creatures settled in it. In your goodness, God, you provided for the poor. 11 My Lord gives the command— many messengers are bringing good news: 12 "The kings of armies are on the run! The women back home divide the spoil. 13 Even if you lie down among the sheepfolds, there are wings of a dove covered with silver; its pinions covered in precious gold." 14 When the Almighty scattered the kings there, snow fell on Mount Zalmon. 15 Mighty mountain, Mount Bashan; many-peaked mountain, Mount Bashan! 16 You many-peaked mountain: Why do you look with envy at the mountain God desired for his dwelling, the mountain where the LORD dwells forever? 17 God's chariots are twice ten thousand— countless thousands! My Lord came from Sinai into the sanctuary. 18 You ascended the heights, leading away your captives, receiving tribute from people, even from those who rebel against the LORD God's dwelling there. 19 Bless the Lord! The God of our salvation supports us day after day! Selah 20 Our God is the God of salvation, and escape from certain death comes through God my LORD. 21 Yes, God will shatter the heads of his enemies— the very skulls of those who walk in guilt. 22 My Lord has spoken: "From Bashan I will bring those people back. I will bring them back from the ocean's depths 23 so that you can wash your feet in their blood, so that your dogs' tongues can lap up their share of your enemies." 24 They saw your procession, God— the procession of my God, my king, into the sanctuary. 25 First came the singers, then the musicians; between them the young women were playing hand drums: 26 "Bless God in the great congregation; bless the LORD from Israel's fountain!" 27 There's Benjamin leading them, though he's little; then the princes of Judah, their speaker; then the princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali. 28 Summon your strength, God! Show how strong you are, God, just as you've done for us before, 29 from your temple above Jerusalem, where kings bring you gifts. 30 Rebuke the wild animals of the marshland, the herd of bulls among the calves of the peoples. Trample those who delight in money; scatter the peoples who take pleasure in battles. 31 Let ambassadors come from Egypt; let Cush stretch out its hands to God. 32 Sing to God, all kingdoms of the earth! Sing praises to my Lord. Selah 33 Sing to the one who rides through heaven, the most ancient heaven. Look! God sends forth his voice, his mighty voice. 34 Recognize how strong God is! His majesty extends over Israel; his strength is in the clouds. 35 You are awesome, God, in your sanctuaries— the God of Israel who gives strength and power to his people! Bless God!