1Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation. 2Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God. 3You return mankind to the dust, saying, "Return, descendants of Adam." 4For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night. 5You end their life; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning- 6in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up. 7For we are consumed by Your anger; we are terrified by Your wrath. 8You have set our unjust ways before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence. 9For all our days ebb away under Your wrath; we end our years like a sigh. 10Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. 11Who understands the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear that is due You. 12Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. 13Lord-how long? Turn and have compassion on Your servants. 14Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. 15Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us, for as many years as we have seen adversity. 16Let Your work be seen by Your servants, and Your splendor by their children. 17Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands!
1The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3He Himself will deliver you from the hunter's net, from the destructive plague. 4He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. 5You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, 6the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. 7Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. 8You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked. 9Because you have made the Lord-my refuge, the Most High-your dwelling place, 10no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent. 11For He will give His angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. 12They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent. 14Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him; I will exalt him because he knows My name. 15When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor. 16I will satisfy him with a long life and show him My salvation.
1It is good to praise the Lord, to sing praise to Your name, Most High, 2to declare Your faithful love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night, 3with a ten-stringed harp and the music of a lyre. 4For You have made me rejoice, Lord, by what You have done; I will shout for joy because of the works of Your hands. 5How magnificent are Your works, Lord, how profound Your thoughts! 6A stupid person does not know, a fool does not understand this: 7though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be eternally destroyed. 8But You, Lord, are exalted forever. 9For indeed, Lord, Your enemies- indeed, Your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered. 10You have lifted up my horn like that of a wild ox; I have been anointed with oil. 11My eyes look down on my enemies; my ears hear evildoers when they attack me. 12The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon. 13Planted in the house of the Lord, they thrive in the courtyards of our God. 14They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green, 15to declare: "The Lord is just; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him."
1The Lord reigns! He is robed in majesty; The Lord is robed, enveloped in strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. 2Your throne has been established from the beginning; You are from eternity. 3The floods have lifted up, Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their pounding waves. 4Greater than the roar of many waters- the mighty breakers of the sea- the Lord on high is majestic. 5Lord, Your testimonies are completely reliable; holiness is the beauty of Your house for all the days to come.
1Lord, God of vengeance- God of vengeance, appear. 2Rise up, Judge of the earth; repay the proud what they deserve. 3Lord, how long will the wicked- how long will the wicked gloat? 4They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers boast. 5Lord, they crush Your people; they afflict Your heritage. 6They kill the widow and the foreigner and murder the fatherless. 7They say, "The Lord doesn't see it. The God of Jacob doesn't pay attention." 8Pay attention, you stupid people! Fools, when will you be wise? 9Can the One who shaped the ear not hear, the One who formed the eye not see? 10The One who instructs nations, the One who teaches man knowledge- does He not discipline? 11The Lord knows man's thoughts; they are meaningless. 12Lord, happy is the man You discipline and teach from Your law 13to give him relief from troubled times until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14The Lord will not forsake His people or abandon His heritage, 15for justice will again be righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. 16Who stands up for me against the wicked? Who takes a stand for me against evildoers? 17If the Lord had not been my help, I would soon rest in the silence [of death]. 18If I say, "My foot is slipping," Your faithful love will support me, Lord. 19When I am filled with cares, Your comfort brings me joy. 20Can a corrupt throne- one that creates trouble by law- become Your ally? 21They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death. 22But the Lord is my refuge; my God is the rock of my protection. 23He will pay them back for their sins and destroy them for their evil. The Lord our God will destroy them.
1Come, let us shout joyfully to the Lord, shout triumphantly to the rock of our salvation! 2Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout triumphantly to Him in song. 3For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4The depths of the earth are in His hand, and the mountain peaks are His. 5The sea is His; He made it. His hands formed the dry land. 6Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. 7For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, the sheep under His care. Today, if you hear His voice: 8"Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on that day at Massah in the wilderness 9where your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they had seen what I did. 10For 40 years I was disgusted with that generation; I said, 'They are a people whose hearts go astray; they do not know My ways.' 11So I swore in My anger, 'They will not enter My rest.' "