1I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?2No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.3He won't let you stumble, your Guardian God won't fall asleep.4Not on your life! Israel's Guardian will never doze or sleep.5God's your Guardian, right at your side to protect you -6Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke.7God guards you from every evil, he guards your very life.8He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.
1I look to you, heaven-dwelling God, look up to you for help.2Like servants, alert to their master's commands, like a maiden attending her lady, We're watching and waiting, holding our breath, awaiting your word of mercy.3Mercy, God, mercy! We've been kicked around long enough,4Kicked in the teeth by complacent rich men, kicked when we're down by arrogant brutes.
1If God hadn't been for us - all together now, Israel, sing out! -2If God hadn't been for us when everyone went against us,3We would have been swallowed alive by their violent anger,4Swept away by the flood of rage, drowned in the torrent;5We would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water.6Oh, blessed be God! He didn't go off and leave us. He didn't abandon us defenseless, helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs.7We've flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; we're free as a bird in flight.8God's strong name is our help, the same God who made heaven and earth.
1Those who trust in God are like Zion Mountain: Nothing can move it, a rock-solid mountain you can always depend on.2Mountains encircle Jerusalem, and God encircles his people - always has and always will.3The fist of the wicked will never violate What is due the righteous, provoking wrongful violence.4Be good to your good people, God, to those whose hearts are right!5God will round up the backsliders, corral them with the incorrigibles. Peace over Israel!
1All you who fear God, how blessed you are! how happily you walk on his smooth straight road!2You worked hard and deserve all you've got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!3Your wife will bear children as a vine bears grapes, your household lush as a vineyard, The children around your table as fresh and promising as young olive shoots.4Stand in awe of God's Yes. Oh, how he blesses the one who fears God!5Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem every day of your life.6And enjoy your grandchildren. Peace to Israel!
1"They've kicked me around ever since I was young" - this is how Israel tells it -2"They've kicked me around ever since I was young, but they never could keep me down.3Their plowmen plowed long furrows up and down my back;4Then God ripped the harnesses of the evil plowmen to shreds."5Oh, let all those who hate Zion grovel in humiliation;6Let them be like grass in shallow ground that withers before the harvest,7Before the farmhands can gather it in, the harvesters get in the crop,8Before the neighbors have a chance to call out, "Congratulations on your wonderful crop! We bless you in God's name!"
1Help, God - the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help!2Listen hard! Open your ears! Listen to my cries for mercy.3If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance?4As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that's why you're worshiped.5I pray to God - my life a prayer - and wait for what he'll say and do.6My life's on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning.7O Israel, wait and watch for God - with God's arrival comes love, with God's arrival comes generous redemption.8No doubt about it - he'll redeem Israel, buy back Israel from captivity to sin.