1Lord, hear my prayer. Listen to my cry for help.2Don't turn your face away from me when I'm in trouble. Pay attention to me. When I call out for help, answer me quickly.3My days are disappearing like smoke. My body burns like glowing coals.4My strength has dried up like grass. I even forget to eat my food.5I groan out loud because of my suffering. I'm nothing but skin and bones.6I'm like a desert owl. I'm like an owl among destroyed buildings.7I can't sleep. I've become like a bird alone on a roof.8All day long my enemies laugh at me. Those who make fun of me use my name as a curse.9I eat ashes as my food. My tears fall into what I'm drinking.10You were very angry with me. So you picked me up and threw me away.11The days of my life are like an evening shadow. I dry up like grass.12But Lord, you are seated on your throne forever. Your fame will continue for all time to come.13You will rise up and show deep concern for Zion. The time has come for you to show favor to it.14The stones of your destroyed city are priceless to us. Even its dust brings deep concern to us.15The nations will worship the Lord. All of the kings on earth will respect his glorious power.16The LORD will build Zion again. He will appear in his glory.17He will answer the prayer of those who don't have anything. He won't say no to their cry for help.18Let this be written down for those born after us. Then people who are not yet born can praise the Lord.19Here is what should be written. "The LORD looked down from his temple in heaven. From heaven he viewed the earth.20He heard the groans of the prisoners. He set free those who were sentenced to death."21So people will talk about him in Zion. They will praise him in Jerusalem.22Nations and kingdoms will gather there to worship the Lord.23When I was still young, he took away my strength. He wasn't going to let me live much longer.24So I said, "My God, don't let me die in the middle of my life. You will live for all time to come.25In the beginning you made the earth secure. You placed it on its foundations. Your hands created the heavens.26They will pass away. But you will remain. They will all wear out like a piece of clothing. You will make them like clothes that are taken off and thrown away.27But you remain the same. Your years will never end.28Our children will live with you. Their sons and daughters will be safe in your care."
1I will praise the Lord. Deep down inside me, I will praise him. I will praise him, because his name is holy.2I will praise the Lord. I won't forget anything he does for me.3He forgives all my sins. He heals all my sicknesses.4He saves my life from going down into the grave. His faithful and tender love makes me feel like a king.5He satisfies me with the good things I long for. Then I feel young and strong again, just like an eagle.6The LORD does what is right and fair for all who are beaten down.7He told Moses all about his plans. He let the people of Israel see his mighty acts.8The LORD is tender and kind. He is gracious. He is slow to get angry. He is full of love.9He won't keep bringing charges against us. He won't stay angry with us forever.10He doesn't punish us for our sins as much as we should be punished. He doesn't pay us back in keeping with the evil things we've done.11His love for those who have respect for him is as high as the heavens are above the earth.12He has removed our lawless acts from us as far as the east is from the west.13A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the LORD is tender and kind to those who have respect for him.14He knows what we are made of. He remembers that we are dust.15People's lives are like grass. People grow like the flowers in the field.16When the wind blows on them, they are gone. No one can tell that they had ever been there.17But the LORD's love for those who have respect for him lasts for ever and ever. Their children's children will know that he always does what is right.18He always loves those who keep his covenant. He always does what is right for those who remember to obey his commands.19The LORD has set up his throne in heaven. His kingdom rules over all.20Praise the Lord, you angels of his. Praise him, you mighty ones who carry out his orders and obey his word.21Praise the Lord, all you angels in heaven. Praise him, all you who serve him and do what he wants.22Let everything the LORD has made praise him everywhere in his kingdom. I will praise the Lord.
1I will praise the Lord. LORD my God, you are very great. You are dressed in glory and majesty.2You wrap yourself in light as if it were a robe. You spread the heavens out like a tent.3You build your palace high in the heavens. You make the clouds serve as your chariot. You ride on the wings of the wind.4You make the winds serve as your messengers. You make flashes of lightning serve you.5You placed the earth on its foundations. It can never be moved.6You covered it with the oceans like a blanket. The waters covered the mountains.7But you commanded the waters, and they ran away. At the sound of your thunder they rushed off.8They flowed down the mountains. They went into the valleys. They went to the place you appointed for them.9You drew a line they can't cross. They will never cover the earth again.10You make springs pour water into the valleys. It flows between the mountains.11The springs give water to all of the wild animals. The wild donkeys satisfy their thirst.12The birds of the air build nests by the waters. They sing among the branches.13You water the mountains from your palace high in the clouds. The earth is filled with the things you have made.14You make grass grow for the cattle and plants for people to take care of. That's how they get food from the earth.15There is wine to make people glad. There is olive oil to make them healthy. And there is bread to make them strong.16The cedar trees of Lebanon belong to the Lord. You planted them and gave them plenty of water.17There the birds make their nests. The stork has its home in the pine trees.18The high mountains belong to the wild goats. The cliffs are a safe place for the rock badgers.19The moon serves to mark off the seasons. The sun knows when to go down.20You bring darkness, and it becomes night. Then all the animals of the forest prowl around.21The lions roar while they hunt. All of their food comes from God.22The sun rises, and they slip away. They return to their dens and lie down.23Then a man gets up and goes to work. He keeps working until evening.24Lord, you have made so many things! How wise you were when you made all of them! The earth is full of your creatures.25Look at the ocean, so big and wide! It is filled with more creatures than people can count. It is filled with living things, from the largest to the smallest.26Ships sail back and forth on it. The leviathan, the sea monster you made, plays in it.27All of those creatures depend on you to give them their food when they need it.28When you give it to them, they eat it. When you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.29When you turn your face away from them, they are terrified. When you take away their breath, they die and turn back into dust.30When you send your Spirit, you create them. You give new life to the earth.31May the glory of the LORD continue forever. May the LORD be happy with what he has made.32When he looks at the earth, it trembles. When he touches the mountains, they pour out smoke.33I will sing to the LORD all my life. I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.34May these thoughts of mine please him. I find my joy in the Lord.35But may those who sin be gone from the earth. May evil people disappear. I will praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.