1When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me.2Lord, save me from liars and from those who plan evil.3You who plan evil, what will God do to you? How will he punish you?4He will punish you with the sharp arrows of a warrior and with burning coals of wood.5How terrible it is for me to live in the land of Meshech, to live among the people of Kedar.6I have lived too long with people who hate peace.7When I talk peace, they want war. A song for going up to worship.
1I look up to the hills, but where does my help come from?2My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.3He will not let you be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps.4He who guards Israel never rests or sleeps.5The Lord guards you. The LORD is the shade that protects you from the sun.6The sun cannot hurt you during the day, and the moon cannot hurt you at night.7The Lord will protect you from all dangers; he will guard your life.8The Lord will guard you as you come and go, both now and forever. A song for going up to worship. Of David.
1I was happy when they said to me, "Let's go to the Temple of the Lord."2Jerusalem, we are standing at your gates.3Jerusalem is built as a city with the buildings close together.4The tribes go up there, the tribes who belong to the Lord. to praise the Lord at Jerusalem.5There the descendants of David set their thrones to judge the people.6Pray for peace in Jerusalem: "May those who love her be safe.7May there be peace within her walls and safety within her strong towers."8To help my relatives and friends, I say, "Let Jerusalem have peace."9For the sake of the Temple of the Lord our God, I wish good for her. A song for going up to worship.
1Lord, I look upward to you, you who live in heaven.2Slaves depend on their masters, and a female servant depends on her mistress. In the same way, we depend on the Lord our God; we wait for him to show us mercy.3Have mercy on us, Lord. Have mercy on us, because we have been insulted.4We have suffered many insults from lazy people and much cruelty from the proud. A song for going up to worship. Of David.
1What if the Lord had not been on our side? (Let Israel repeat this.)2What if the Lord had not been on our side when we were attacked?3When they were angry with us, they would have swallowed us alive.4They would have been like a flood drowning us; they would have poured over us like a river.5They would have swept us away like a mighty stream.6Praise the Lord, who did not let them chew us up.7We escaped like a bird from the hunter's trap. The trap broke, and we escaped.8Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. A song for going up to worship.
1Those who trust the Lord are like Mount Zion, which sits unmoved forever.2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, the Lord surrounds his people now and forever.3The wicked will not rule over those who do right. If they did, the people who do right might use their power to do evil.4Lord, be good to those who are good, whose hearts are honest.5But, Lord, when you remove those who do evil, also remove those who stop following you. Let there be peace in Israel. Lord, Bring Your People Back A song for going up to worship.
1When the Lord brought the prisoners back to Jerusalem, it seemed as if we were dreaming.2Then we were filled with laughter, and we sang happy songs. Then the other nations said, "The Lord has done great things for them."3The Lord has done great things for us, and we are very glad.4Lord, return our prisoners again, as you bring streams to the desert.5Those who cry as they plant crops will sing at harvest time.6Those who cry as they carry out the seeds will return singing and carrying bundles of grain. A song for going up to worship. Of Solomon.
1If the Lord doesn't build the house, the builders are working for nothing. If the Lord doesn't guard the city, the guards are watching for nothing.2It is no use for you to get up early and stay up late, working for a living. The Lord gives sleep to those he loves.3Children are a gift from the Lord; babies are a reward.4Children who are born to a young man are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.5Happy is the man who has his bag full of arrows. They will not be defeated when they fight their enemies at the city gate. A song for going up to worship.
1Happy are those who respect the Lord and obey him.2You will enjoy what you work for, and you will be blessed with good things.3Your wife will give you many children, like a vine that produces much fruit. Your children will bring you much good, like olive branches that produce many olives.4This is how the man who respects the Lord will be blessed.5May the Lord bless you from Mount Zion; may you enjoy the good things of Jerusalem all your life.6May you see your grandchildren. Let there be peace in Israel. A song for going up to worship.
1They have treated me badly all my life. (Let Israel repeat this.)2They have treated me badly all my life, but they have not defeated me.3Like farmers plowing, they plowed over my back, making long wounds.4But the Lord does what is right; he has set me free from those wicked people.5Let those who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shame.6Let them be like the grass on the roof that dries up before it has grown.7There is not enough of it to fill a hand or to make into a bundle to fill one's arms.8Let those who pass by them not say, "May the Lord bless you. We bless you by the power of the Lord." A song for going up to worship.
1Lord, I am in great trouble, so I call out to you.2Lord, hear my voice; listen to my prayer for help.3Lord, if you punished people for all their sins, no one would be left, Lord.4But you forgive us, so you are respected.5I wait for the Lord to help me, and I trust his word.6I wait for the Lord to help me more than night watchmen wait for the dawn, more than night watchmen wait for the dawn.7People of Israel, put your hope in the Lord because he is loving and able to save.8He will save Israel from all their sins. A song for going up to worship. Of David.
1Lord, my heart is not proud; I don't look down on others. I don't do great things, and I can't do miracles.2But I am calm and quiet, like a baby with its mother. I am at peace, like a baby with its mother.3People of Israel, put your hope in the Lord now and forever. A song for going up to worship.
1Lord, remember David and all his suffering.2He made an oath to the Lord, a promise to the Mighty God of Jacob.3He said, "I will not go home to my house, or lie down on my bed,4or close my eyes, or let myself sleep5until I find a place for the Lord. I want to provide a home for the Mighty God of Jacob."6We heard about the Ark in Bethlehem. We found it at Kiriath Jearim.7Let's go to the Lord's house. Let's worship at his footstool.8Rise, Lord, and come to your resting place; come with the Ark that shows your strength.9May your priests do what is right. May your people sing for joy.10For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your appointed king.11The Lord made a promise to David, a sure promise that he will not take back. He promised, "I will make one of your descendants rule as king after you.12If your sons keep my agreement and the rules that I teach them, then their sons after them will rule on your throne forever and ever."13The Lord has chosen Jerusalem; he wants it for his home.14He says, "This is my resting place forever. Here is where I want to stay.15I will bless her with plenty; I will fill her poor with food.16I will cover her priests with salvation, and those who worship me will really sing for joy.17"I will make a king come from the family of David. I will provide my appointed one descendants to rule after him.18I will cover his enemies with shame, but his crown will shine." A song for going up to worship. Of David.