1Shepherd of Israel, listen to us. You lead the people of Joseph like a flock. You sit on your throne between the gold creatures with wings. Show your greatness2to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Use your strength, and come to save us.3God, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.4Lord God All-Powerful, how long will you be angry at the prayers of your people?5You have fed your people with tears; you have made them drink many tears.6You made those around us fight over us, and our enemies make fun of us.7God All-Powerful, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.8You brought us out of Egypt as if we were a vine. You forced out other nations and planted us in the land.9You cleared the ground for us. Like a vine, we took root and filled the land.10We covered the mountains with our shade. We had limbs like the mighty cedar tree.11Our branches reached the Mediterranean Sea, and our shoots went to the Euphrates River.12So why did you pull down our walls? Now everyone who passes by steals from us.13Like wild pigs they walk over us; like wild animals they feed on us.14God All-Powerful, come back. Look down from heaven and see. Take care of us, your vine.15You planted this shoot with your own hands and strengthened this child.16Now it is cut down and burned with fire; you destroyed us by your angry looks.17With your hand, strengthen the one you have chosen for yourself.18Then we will not turn away from you. Give us life again, and we will call to you for help.19Lord God All-Powerful, take us back. Show us your kindness so we can be saved.
1Sing for joy to God, our strength; shout out loud to the God of Jacob.2Begin the music. Play the tambourines. Play pleasant music on the harps and lyres.3Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, when the moon is full, when our feast begins.4This is the law for Israel; it is the command of the God of Jacob.5He gave this rule to the people of Joseph when they went out of the land of Egypt. I heard a language I did not know, saying:6"I took the load off their shoulders; I let them put down their baskets.7When you were in trouble, you called, and I saved you. I answered you with thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah.Selah8My people, listen. I am warning you. Israel, please listen to me!9You must not have foreign gods; you must not worship any false god.10I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth and I will feed you.11"But my people did not listen to me; Israel did not want me.12So I let them go their stubborn way and follow their own advice.13I wish my people would listen to me; I wish Israel would live my way.14Then I would quickly defeat their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.15Those who hate the Lord would bow before him. Their punishment would continue forever.16But I would give you the finest wheat and fill you with honey from the rocks." A psalm of Asaph.
1God is in charge of the great meeting; he judges among the "gods."2He says, "How long will you defend evil people? How long will you show greater kindness to the wicked?Selah3Defend the weak and the orphans; defend the rights of the poor and suffering.4Save the weak and helpless; free them from the power of the wicked.5"You know nothing. You don't understand. You walk in the dark, while the world is falling apart.6I said, 'You are "gods." You are all sons of God Most High.'7But you will die like any other person; you will fall like all the leaders."8God, come and judge the earth, because you own all the nations. A song. A psalm of Asaph.
1God, do not keep quiet; God, do not be silent or still.2Your enemies are making noises; those who hate you are getting ready to attack.3They are making secret plans against your people; they plot against those you love.4They say, "Come, let's destroy them as a nation. Then no one will ever remember the name 'Israel.'"5They are united in their plan. These have made an agreement against you:6the families of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,7the people of Byblos, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, and Tyre.8Even Assyria has joined them to help Ammon and Moab, the descendants of Lot.Selah9God, do to them what you did to Midian, what you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.10They died at Endor, and their bodies rotted on the ground.11Do to their important leaders what you did to Oreb and Zeeb. Do to their princes what you did to Zebah and Zalmunna.12They said, "Let's take for ourselves the pasturelands that belong to God."13My God, make them like tumbleweed, like chaff blown away by the wind.14Be like a fire that burns a forest or like flames that blaze through the hills.15Chase them with your storm, and frighten them with your wind.16Cover them with shame. Then people will look for you, Lord.17Make them afraid and ashamed forever. Disgrace them and destroy them.18Then they will know that you are the Lord, that only you are God Most High over all the earth.
1Lord All-Powerful, how lovely is your Temple!2I want more than anything to be in the courtyards of the Lord's Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God.3The sparrows have found a home, and the swallows have nests. They raise their young near your altars, Lord All-Powerful, my King and my God.4Happy are the people who live at your Temple; they are always praising you. Selah5Happy are those whose strength comes from you, who want to travel to Jerusalem.6As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it like a spring. The autumn rains fill it with pools of water.7The people get stronger as they go, and everyone meets with God in Jerusalem.8Lord God All-Powerful, hear my prayer; God of Jacob, listen to me. Selah9God, look at our shield; be kind to your appointed king.10One day in the courtyards of your Temple is better than a thousand days anywhere else. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the Temple of my God than live in the homes of the wicked.11The Lord God is like a sun and shield; the Lord gives us kindness and honor. He does not hold back anything good from those whose lives are innocent.12Lord All-Powerful, happy are the people who trust you!
1Lord, you have been kind to your land; you brought back the people of Jacob.2You forgave the guilt of the people and covered all their sins. Selah3You stopped all your anger; you turned back from your strong anger.4God our Savior, bring us back again. Stop being angry with us.5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you stay angry from now on?6Won't you give us life again? Your people would rejoice in you.7Lord, show us your love, and save us.8I will listen to God the Lord. He has ordered peace for those who worship him. Don't let them go back to foolishness.9God will soon save those who respect him, and his glory will be seen in our land.10Love and truth belong to God's people; goodness and peace will be theirs.11On earth people will be loyal to God, and God's goodness will shine down from heaven.12The Lord will give his goodness, and the land will give its crops.13Goodness will go before God and prepare the way for him. A prayer of David.