1 O Lord, you have been our refuge throughout every generation. 2 Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, you were God. You are God from everlasting to everlasting. 3 You turn mortals back into dust and say, "Return, descendants of Adam." 4 Indeed, in your sight a thousand years are like a single day, like yesterday--already past-- like an hour in the night. 5 You sweep mortals away. They are a dream. They sprout again in the morning like cut grass. 6 In the morning they blossom and sprout. In the evening they wither and dry up. 7 Indeed, your anger consumes us. Your rage terrifies us. 8 You have set our sins in front of you. You have put our secret sins in the light of your presence. 9 Indeed, all our days slip away because of your fury. We live out our years like one [long] sigh. 10 Each of us lives for 70 years-- or even 80 if we are in good health. But the best of them [bring] trouble and misery. Indeed, they are soon gone, and we fly away. 11 Who fully understands the power of your anger? A person fears you more when he better understands your fury. 12 Teach us to number each of our days so that we may grow in wisdom. 13 Return, LORD! How long...? Change your plans about [us,] your servants. 14 Satisfy us every morning with your mercy so that we may sing joyfully and rejoice all our days. 15 Make us rejoice for as many days as you have made us suffer, for as many years as we have experienced evil. 16 Let [us,] your servants, see what you can do. Let our children see your glorious power. 17 Let the kindness of the Lord our God be with us. Make us successful in everything we do. Yes, make us successful in everything we do.
1 Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the LORD, "[You are] my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." 3 He is the one who will rescue you from hunters' traps and from deadly plagues. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor. 5 You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 6 plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon. 7 They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side. 8 You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 9 You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your home. 10 No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house. 11 He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways. 12 They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock. 13 You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 14 Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. 15 When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you. 16 I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.
1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to make music to praise your name, O Most High. 2 It is good to announce your mercy in the morning and your faithfulness in the evening 3 on a ten-stringed instrument and a harp and with a melody on a lyre. 4 You made me find joy in what you have done, O LORD. I will sing joyfully about the works of your hands. 5 How spectacular are your works, O LORD! How very deep are your thoughts! 6 A stupid person cannot know and a fool cannot understand 7 that wicked people sprout like grass and all troublemakers blossom [like flowers], only to be destroyed forever. 8 But you, O LORD, are highly honored forever. 9 Now look at your enemies, O LORD. Now look at your enemies. They disappear, and all troublemakers are scattered. 10 But you make me as strong as a wild bull, and soothing lotion is poured on me. 11 My eyes gloat over those who spy on me. My ears hear [the cries] of evildoers attacking me. 12 Righteous people flourish like palm trees and grow tall like the cedars in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the LORD's house. They blossom in our God's courtyards. 14 Even when they are old, they still bear fruit. They are always healthy and fresh. 15 They make it known that the LORD is decent. He is my rock. He is never unfair.
1 The LORD rules as king! He is clothed with majesty. The LORD has clothed himself; he has armed himself with power. The world was set in place; it cannot be moved. 2 Your throne was set in place a long time ago. You are eternal. 3 The ocean rises, O LORD. The ocean rises with a roar. The ocean rises with its pounding waves. 4 The LORD above is mighty-- mightier than the sound of raging water, mightier than the foaming waves of the sea. 5 Your written testimonies are completely reliable. O LORD, holiness is what makes your house beautiful for days without end.
1 O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, appear! 2 Arise, O Judge of the earth. Give arrogant people what they deserve. 3 How long, O LORD, will wicked people triumph? How long? 4 They ramble. They speak arrogantly. All troublemakers brag about themselves. 5 They crush your people, O LORD. They make those who belong to you suffer. 6 They kill widows and foreigners, and they murder orphans. 7 They say, "The LORD doesn't see it. The God of Jacob doesn't even pay attention to it." 8 Pay attention, you stupid people! When will you become wise, you fools? 9 God created ears. Do you think he can't hear? He formed eyes. Do you think he can't see? 10 He disciplines nations. Do you think he can't punish? He teaches people. Do you think he doesn't know anything? 11 The LORD knows that people's thoughts are pointless. 12 O LORD, blessed is the person whom you discipline and instruct from your teachings. 13 You give him peace and quiet from times of trouble while a pit is dug to trap wicked people. 14 The LORD will never desert his people or abandon those who belong to him. 15 The decisions of judges will again become fair, and everyone whose motives are decent will pursue justice. 16 Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will stand by my side against troublemakers? 17 If the LORD had not come to help me, my soul would have quickly fallen silent [in death]. 18 When I said, "My feet are slipping," your mercy, O LORD, continued to hold me up. 19 When I worried about many things, your assuring words soothed my soul. 20 Are wicked rulers who use the law to do unlawful things able to be your partners? 21 They join forces to take the lives of righteous people. They condemn innocent people to death. 22 The LORD has become my stronghold. My God has become my rock of refuge. 23 He has turned their own wickedness against them. He will destroy them because of their sins. The LORD our God will destroy them.
1 Come, let's sing joyfully to the LORD. Let's shout happily to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let's come into his presence with a song of thanksgiving. Let's shout happily to him with psalms. 3 The LORD is a great God and a great king above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth, and the mountain peaks are his. 5 The sea is his. He made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let's worship and bow down. Let's kneel in front of the LORD, our maker, 7 because he is our God and we are the people in his care, the flock that he leads. If only you would listen to him today! 8 "Do not be stubborn like [my people were] at Meribah, like the time at Massah in the desert. 9 Your ancestors challenged me and tested me there, although they had seen what I had done. 10 For 40 years I was disgusted with those people. So I said, 'They are a people whose hearts continue to stray. They have not learned my ways.' 11 That is why I angrily took this solemn oath: 'They will never enter my place of rest!'"