1It is good and pleasant when God's people live together in peace!2It is like perfumed oil poured on the priest's head and running down his beard. and on to the collar of his robes.3It is like the dew of Mount Hermon falling on the hills of Jerusalem. of life forever. Temple Guards, Praise the Lord A song for going up to worship.
1Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you who serve at night in the Temple of the Lord.2Raise your hands in the Temple and praise the Lord.3May the Lord bless you from Mount Zion, he who made heaven and earth. The Lord Saves, Idols Do Not
1Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord,2you who stand in the Lord's Temple and in the Temple courtyards.3Praise the Lord, because he is good; sing praises to him, because it is pleasant.4The Lord has chosen the people of Jacob for himself; he has chosen the people of Israel for his very own.5I know that the Lord is great. Our Lord is greater than all the gods.6The Lord does what he pleases, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and the deep oceans.7He brings the clouds from the ends of the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain. He brings out the wind from his storehouses.8He destroyed the firstborn sons in Egypt the firstborn of both people and animals.9He did many signs and miracles in Egypt against the king and his servants.10He defeated many nations and killed powerful kings:11Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan.12Then he gave their land as a gift, a gift to his people, the Israelites.13Lord, your name is everlasting; Lord, you will be remembered forever.14The Lord defends his people and has mercy on his servants.15The idols of other nations are made of silver and gold, the work of human hands.16They have mouths, but they cannot speak. They have eyes, but they cannot see.17They have ears, but they cannot hear. They have no breath in their mouths.18People who make idols will be like them, and so will those who trust them.19Family of Israel, praise the Lord. Family of Aaron, praise the Lord.20Family of Levi, praise the Lord. You who respect the Lord should praise him.21You people of Jerusalem, praise the Lord on Mount Zion.
1Give thanks to the Lord because he is good. His love continues forever.2Give thanks to the God of gods. His love continues forever.3Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His love continues forever.4Only he can do great miracles. His love continues forever.5With his wisdom he made the skies. His love continues forever.6He spread out the earth on the seas. His love continues forever.7He made the sun and the moon. His love continues forever.8He made the sun to rule the day. His love continues forever.9He made the moon and stars to rule the night. His love continues forever.10He killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians. His love continues forever.11He brought the people of Israel out of Egypt. His love continues forever.12He did it with his great power and strength. His love continues forever.13He parted the water of the Red Sea. His love continues forever.14He brought the Israelites through the middle of it. His love continues forever.15But the king of Egypt and his army drowned in the Red Sea. His love continues forever.16He led his people through the desert. His love continues forever.17He defeated great kings. His love continues forever.18He killed powerful kings. His love continues forever.19He defeated Sihon king of the Amorites. His love continues forever.20He defeated Og king of Bashan. His love continues forever.21He gave their land as a gift. His love continues forever.22It was a gift to his servants, the Israelites. His love continues forever.23He remembered us when we were in trouble. His love continues forever.24He freed us from our enemies. His love continues forever.25He gives food to every living creature. His love continues forever.26Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love continues forever.
1By the rivers in Babylon we sat and cried when we remembered Jerusalem.2On the poplar trees nearby we hung our harps.3Those who captured us asked us to sing; our enemies wanted happy songs. They said, "Sing us a song about Jerusalem!"4But we cannot sing songs about the Lord while we are in this foreign country!5Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand lose its skill.6Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not think about Jerusalem as my greatest joy.7Lord, remember what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. They said, "Tear it down! Tear it down to its foundations!"8People of Babylon, you will be destroyed. The people who pay you back for what you did to us will be happy.9They will grab your babies and throw them against the rocks. A psalm of David.
1Lord, I will thank you with all my heart; I will sing to you before the gods.2I will bow down facing your holy Temple, and I will thank you for your love and loyalty. You have made your name and your word greater than anything.3On the day I called to you, you answered me. You made me strong and brave.4Lord, let all the kings of the earth praise you when they hear the words you speak.5They will sing about what the Lord has done, because the Lord's glory is great.6Though the Lord is supreme, he takes care of those who are humble, but he stays away from the proud.7Lord, even when I have trouble all around me, you will keep me alive. When my enemies are angry, you will reach down and save me by your power.8Lord, you do everything for me. Lord, your love continues forever. Do not leave us, whom you made.
1Lord, you have examined me and know all about me.2You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.3You know where I go and where I lie down. You know thoroughly everything I do.4Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it.5You are all around me -- in front and in back -- and have put your hand on me.6Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand.7Where can I go to get away from your Spirit? Where can I run from you?8If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the grave, you are there.9If I rise with the sun in the east and settle in the west beyond the sea,10even there you would guide me. With your right hand you would hold me.11I could say, "The darkness will hide me. Let the light around me turn into night."12But even the darkness is not dark to you. The night is as light as the day; darkness and light are the same to you.13You made my whole being; you formed me in my mother's body.14I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.15You saw my bones being formed as I took shape in my mother's body. When I was put together there,16you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.17God, your thoughts are precious to me. They are so many!18If I could count them, they would be more than all the grains of sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.19God, I wish you would kill the wicked! Get away from me, you murderers!20They say evil things about you. Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.21Lord, I hate those who hate you; I hate those who rise up against you.22I feel only hate for them; they are my enemies.23God, examine me and know my heart; test me and know my nervous thoughts.24See if there is any bad thing in me. Lead me on the road to everlasting life.