Psalm 46; Psalm 47; Psalm 48; Psalm 49; Psalm 50

1 God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. 2 So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea, 3 even if the oceans roar and foam, or the mountains shake at the raging sea. Selah 4 There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, the holy place where God Most High lives. 5 God is in that city, and so it will not be shaken. God will help her at dawn. 6 Nations tremble and kingdoms shake. God shouts and the earth crumbles. 7 The Lord All-Powerful is with us; the God of Jacob is our defender.Selah 8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the amazing things he has done on the earth. 9 He stops wars everywhere on the earth. He breaks all bows and spears and burns up the chariots with fire. 10 God says, "Be quiet and know that I am God. I will be supreme over all the nations; I will be supreme in the earth." 11 The Lord All-Powerful is with us; the God of Jacob is our defender.Selah God, the King of the World
1 Clap your hands, all you people. Shout to God with joy. 2 The Lord Most High is wonderful. 3 He defeated nations for us and put them under our control. 4 He chose the land we would inherit. We are the children of Jacob, whom he loved.Selah 5 God has risen with a shout of joy; the Lord has risen as the trumpets sounded. 6 Sing praises to God. Sing praises. Sing praises to our King. Sing praises. 7 God is King of all the earth, so sing a song of praise to him. 8 God is King over the nations. God sits on his holy throne. 9 The leaders of the nations meet with the people of the God of Abraham, because the leaders of the earth belong to God. He is supreme. Jerusalem, the City of God A psalm of the sons of Korah.
1 The Lord is great; he should be praised in the city of our God, on his holy mountain. 2 It is high and beautiful and brings joy to the whole world. Mount Zion is like the high mountains of the north; it is the city of the Great King. 3 God is within its palaces; he is known as its defender. 4 Kings joined together and came to attack the city. 5 But when they saw it, they were amazed. They ran away in fear. 6 Fear took hold of them; they hurt like a woman having a baby. 7 You destroyed the large trading ships with an east wind. 8 First we heard and now we have seen that God will always keep his city safe. It is the city of the Lord All-Powerful, the city of our God.Selah 9 God, we come into your Temple to think about your love. 10 God, your name is known everywhere; all over the earth people praise you. Your right hand is full of goodness. 11 Mount Zion is happy and all the towns of Judah rejoice, because your decisions are fair. 12 Walk around Jerusalem and count its towers. 13 Notice how strong they are. Look at the palaces. Then you can tell your children about them. 14 This God is our God forever and ever. He will guide us from now on.
1 Listen to this, all you nations; listen, all you who live on earth. 2 Listen, both great and small, rich and poor together. 3 What I say is wise, and my heart speaks with understanding. 4 I will pay attention to a wise saying; I will explain my riddle on the harp. 5 Why should I be afraid of bad days? Why should I fear when evil men surround me? 6 They trust in their money and brag about their riches. 7 No one can buy back the life of another. No one can pay God for his own life, 8 because the price of a life is high. No payment is ever enough. 9 Do people live forever? Don't they all face death? 10 See, even wise people die. Fools and stupid people also die and leave their wealth to others. 11 Their graves will always be their homes. They will live there from now on, even though they named places after themselves. 12 Even rich people do not live forever; like the animals, people die. 13 This is what will happen to those who trust in themselves and to their followers who believe them. Selah 14 Like sheep, they must die, and death will be their shepherd. Honest people will rule over them in the morning, and their bodies will rot in a grave far from home. 15 But God will save my life and will take me from the grave.Selah 16 Don't be afraid of rich people because their houses are more beautiful. 17 They don't take anything to the grave; their wealth won't go down with them. 18 Even though they were praised when they were alive -- and people may praise you when you succeed -- 19 they will go to where their ancestors are. They will never see light again. 20 Rich people with no understanding are just like animals that die. A psalm of Asaph.
1 The God of gods, the Lord, speaks. He calls the earth from the rising to the setting sun. 2 God shines from Jerusalem, whose beauty is perfect. 3 Our God comes, and he will not be silent. A fire burns in front of him, and a powerful storm surrounds him. 4 He calls to the sky above and to the earth that he might judge his people. 5 He says, "Gather around, you who worship me, who have made an agreement with me, using a sacrifice." 6 God is the judge, and even the skies say he is right. Selah 7 God says, "My people, listen to me; Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 I do not scold you for your sacrifices. You always bring me your burnt offerings. 9 But I do not need bulls from your stalls or goats from your pens, 10 because every animal of the forest is already mine. The cattle on a thousand hills are mine. 11 I know every bird on the mountains, and every living thing in the fields is mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, because the earth and everything in it are mine. 13 I don't eat the meat of bulls or drink the blood of goats. 14 Give an offering to show thanks to God. Give God Most High what you have promised. 15 Call to me in times of trouble. I will save you, and you will honor me." 16 But God says to the wicked, "Why do you talk about my laws? Why do you mention my agreement? 17 You hate my teachings and turn your back on what I say. 18 When you see a thief, you join him. You take part in adultery. 19 You don't stop your mouth from speaking evil, and your tongue makes up lies. 20 You speak against your brother and lie about your mother's son. 21 I have kept quiet while you did these things, so you thought I was just like you. But I will scold you and accuse you to your face. 22 "Think about this, you who forget God. Otherwise, I will tear you apart, and no one will save you. 23 Those people honor me who bring me offerings to show thanks. And I, God, will save those who do that."