1 My heart is confident, O God. I want to sing and make music even with my soul. 2 Wake up, harp and lyre! I want to wake up at dawn. 3 I want to give thanks to you among the people, O LORD. I want to make music to praise you among the nations 4 because your mercy is higher than the heavens. Your truth reaches the skies. 5 May you be honored above the heavens, O God. Let your glory extend over the whole earth. 6 Save [us] with your powerful hand, and answer us so that those who are dear to you may be rescued. 7 God has promised the following through his holiness: "I will triumph! I will divide Shechem. I will measure the valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is mine. Manasseh is mine. Ephraim is the helmet on my head. Judah is my scepter. 9 Moab is my washtub. I will throw my shoe over Edom. I will shout in triumph over Philistia." 10 Who will bring me into the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 11 Isn't it you, O God, who rejected us? Isn't it you, O God, who refused to accompany our armies? 12 Give us help against the enemy because human assistance is worthless. 13 With God we will display great strength. He will trample our enemies.
1 O God, whom I praise, do not turn a deaf ear to me. 2 Wicked and deceitful people have opened their mouths against me. They speak against me with lying tongues. 3 They surround me with hateful words. They fight against me for no reason. 4 In return for my love, they accuse me, but I pray for them. 5 They reward me with evil instead of good and with hatred instead of love. 6 [I said,] "Appoint the evil one to oppose him. Let Satan stand beside him. 7 When he stands trial, let him be found guilty. Let his prayer be considered sinful. 8 Let his days be few [in number]. Let someone else take his position. 9 "Let his children become fatherless and his wife a widow. 10 Let his children wander around and beg. Let them seek help far from their ruined homes. 11 Let a creditor take everything he owns. Let strangers steal what he has worked for. 12 Let no one be kind to him anymore. Let no one show any pity to his fatherless children. 13 Let his descendants be cut off and their family name be wiped out by the next generation. 14 Let the LORD remember the guilt of his ancestors and not wipe out his mother's sin. 15 Let their guilt and sin always remain on record in front of the LORD. Let the LORD remove every memory of him from the earth, 16 because he did not remember to be kind. "He drove oppressed, needy, and brokenhearted people to their graves. 17 He loved to put curses [on others], so he, too, was cursed. He did not like to bless [others], so he never received a blessing. 18 He wore cursing as though it were clothing, so cursing entered his body like water and his bones like oil. 19 Let cursing be his clothing, a belt he always wears." 20 This is how the LORD rewards those who accuse me, those who say evil things against me. 21 O LORD Almighty, deal with me out of the goodness of your name. Rescue me because of your mercy. 22 I am oppressed and needy. I can feel the pain in my heart. 23 I fade away like a lengthening shadow. I have been shaken off like a grasshopper. 24 My knees give way because I have been fasting. My body has become lean, without any fat. 25 I have become the victim of my enemies' insults. They look at me and shake their heads. 26 Help me, O LORD my God. Save me because of your mercy. 27 Then they will know that this is your doing, that you, O LORD, are the one who saved me. 28 They may curse, but you will bless. Let those who attack me be ashamed, but let me rejoice. 29 Let those who accuse me wear disgrace as though it were clothing. Let them be wrapped in their shame as though it were a robe. 30 With my mouth I will give many thanks to the LORD. I will praise him among many people, 31 because he stands beside needy people to save them from those who would condemn them to death.
1 The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit in the highest position in heaven until I make your enemies your footstool." 2 The LORD will extend your powerful scepter from Zion. Rule your enemies who surround you. 3 Your people will volunteer when you call up your army. Your young people will come to you in holy splendor like dew in the early morning. 4 The LORD has taken an oath and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever, in the way Melchizedek was a priest." 5 The Lord is at your right side. He will crush kings on the day of his anger. 6 He will pass judgment on the nations and fill them with dead bodies. Throughout the earth he will crush [their] heads. 7 He will drink from the brook along the road. He will hold his head high.
1 Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company of decent people and in the congregation. 2 The LORD's deeds are spectacular. They should be studied by all who enjoy them. 3 His work is glorious and majestic. His righteousness continues forever. 4 He has made his miracles unforgettable. The LORD is merciful and compassionate. 5 He provides food for those who fear him. He always remembers his promise. 6 He has revealed the power of his works to his people by giving them the lands of other nations as an inheritance. 7 His works are done with truth and justice. All his guiding principles are trustworthy. 8 They last forever and ever. They are carried out with truth and decency. 9 He has sent salvation to his people. He has ordered that his promise should continue forever. His name is holy and terrifying. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Good sense is shown by everyone who follows [God's guiding principles]. His praise continues forever.
1 Hallelujah! Blessed is the person who fears the LORD and is happy to obey his commands. 2 His descendants will grow strong on the earth. The family of a decent person will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches will be in his home. His righteousness continues forever. 4 Light will shine in the dark for a decent person. He is merciful, compassionate, and fair. 5 All goes well for the person who is generous and lends willingly. He earns an honest living. 6 He will never fail. A righteous person will always be remembered. 7 He is not afraid of bad news. His heart remains secure, full of confidence in the LORD. 8 His heart is steady, and he is not afraid. In the end he will look triumphantly at his enemies. 9 He gives freely to poor people. His righteousness continues forever. His head is raised in honor. 10 The wicked person sees this and becomes angry. He angrily grits his teeth and disappears. The hope that wicked people have will vanish.
1 Hallelujah! You servants of the LORD, praise him. Praise the name of the LORD. 2 Thank the name of the LORD now and forever. 3 From where the sun rises to where the sun sets, the name of the LORD should be praised. 4 The LORD is high above all the nations. His glory is above the heavens. 5 Who is like the LORD our God? He is seated on his high throne. 6 He bends down to look at heaven and earth. 7 He lifts the poor from the dust. He lifts the needy from a garbage heap. 8 He seats them with influential people, with the influential leaders of his people. 9 He makes a woman who is in a childless home a joyful mother. Hallelujah!
1 When Israel left Egypt, when Jacob's family left people who spoke a foreign language, 2 Judah became his holy place and Israel became his kingdom. 3 The Red Sea looked at this and ran away. The Jordan River turned back. 4 The mountains jumped like rams. The hills jumped like lambs. 5 Red Sea, why did you run away? Jordan River, what made you turn back? 6 Mountains, what made you jump like rams? Hills, what made you jump like lambs? 7 Earth, tremble in the presence of the Lord, in the presence of the God of Jacob. 8 He turns a rock into a pool filled with water and turns flint into a spring flowing with water.