1How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in peace!2It's like the special olive oil that was poured on Aaron's head. It ran down on his beard and on the collar of his robe.3It's as if the dew of Mount Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. There the LORD gives his blessing. He gives life that never ends.
1All of you who serve the Lord, praise the Lord. All of you who serve at night in the house of the Lord, praise him.2Lift up your hands in the temple and praise the Lord.3May the LORD bless you from Zion. He is the Maker of heaven and earth.
1Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord. You who serve the Lord, praise him.2You who serve in the house of the Lord, praise him. You who serve in the courtyards of the temple of our God, praise him.3Praise the Lord, because he is good. Sing praise to his name, because that is pleasant.4The LORD has chosen the people of Jacob to be his own. He has chosen Israel to be his special treasure.5I know that the LORD is great. I know that our Lord is greater than all gods.6The LORD does anything he wants to do in the heavens and on the earth. He does it even in the deepest parts of the oceans.7He makes clouds rise from one end of the earth to the other. He sends lightning with the rain. He brings the wind out of his storerooms.8He killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt. He struck down the oldest males that were born to people and animals.9He did miraculous signs in Egypt. He did wonders against Pharaoh and everyone who served him.10He destroyed many nations. He killed mighty kings.11He killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan. He killed all of the kings of Canaan.12He gave their land as a gift to his people Israel.13Lord, your name continues forever. Lord, your fame will last for all time to come.14When the LORD hands down his sentence, it will be in his people's favor. He will show deep concern for those who serve him.15The statues of the gods of the nations are made of silver and gold. They are made by the hands of men.16They have mouths, but they can't speak. They have eyes, but they can't see.17They have ears, but they can't hear. They have mouths, but they can't breathe.18Those who make statues of gods will be like them. So will all those who trust in them.19People of Israel, praise the Lord. Priests of Aaron, praise the Lord.20Tribe of Levi, praise the Lord. You who have respect for the Lord, praise him.21Give praise to the LORD in Zion. Give praise to the One who lives in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
1Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. "His faithful love continues forever."2Give thanks to the greatest God of all. "His faithful love continues forever."3Give thanks to the most powerful Lord of all. "His faithful love continues forever."4Give thanks to the only one who can do great miracles. "His faithful love continues forever."5By his understanding he made the heavens. "His faithful love continues forever."6He spread out the earth on the waters. "His faithful love continues forever."7He made the great lights in the sky. "His faithful love continues forever."8He made the sun to rule over the day. "His faithful love continues forever."9He made the moon and stars to rule over the night. "His faithful love continues forever."10Give thanks to the One who killed the oldest son of each family in Egypt. "His faithful love continues forever."11He brought the people of Israel out of Egypt. "His faithful love continues forever."12He did it by reaching out his mighty hand and powerful arm. "His faithful love continues forever."13Give thanks to the One who parted the Red Sea. "His faithful love continues forever."14He brought Israel through the middle of it. "His faithful love continues forever."15But he swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea. "His faithful love continues forever."16Give thanks to the One who led his people through the desert. "His faithful love continues forever."17He killed great kings. "His faithful love continues forever."18He struck down mighty kings. "His faithful love continues forever."19He killed Sihon, the king of the Amorites. "His faithful love continues forever."20He killed Og, the king of Bashan. "His faithful love continues forever."21He gave their land as a gift. "His faithful love continues forever."22He gave it as a gift to his servant Israel. "His faithful love continues forever."23Give thanks to the One who remembered us when things were going badly for us. "His faithful love continues forever."24He set us free from our enemies. "His faithful love continues forever."25He gives food to every creature. "His faithful love continues forever."26Give thanks to the God of heaven. "His faithful love continues forever."
1We were sitting by the rivers of Babylon. We cried when we remembered what had happened to Zion.2On the nearby poplar trees we hung up our harps.3Those who held us as prisoners asked us to sing. Those who enjoyed hurting us ordered us to sing joyful songs. They said, "Sing one of the songs of Zion to us!"4How can we sing the songs of the LORD while we are in another land?5Jerusalem, if I forget you, may my right hand never be able to play the harp again.6If I don't remember you, may my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth so I can't sing. May it happen if I don't consider Jerusalem to be my greatest joy.7Lord, remember what the people of Edom did on the day Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down!" they cried. "Tear it down to the ground!"8People of Babylon, you are sentenced to be destroyed. Happy are those who pay you back for what you have done to us.9Happy are those who grab your babies and smash them against the rocks.
1Lord, I will praise you with all my heart. In front of those who think they are gods I will sing praise to you.2I will bow down facing your holy temple. I will praise your name, because you are loving and faithful. You have honored your name and your word more than anything else.3When I called out to you, you answered me. You made me strong and brave.4Lord, may all of the kings on earth praise you when they hear about what you have promised.5Lord, may they sing about what you have done, because your glory is great.6The LORD is in heaven. But he watches over those who are free of pride. He knows those who are proud and stays far away from them.7Trouble is all around me, but you keep me alive. You reach out your hand to put a stop to the anger of my enemies. With your powerful right hand you save me.8Lord, you will do everything you have planned for me. Lord, your faithful love continues forever. You have done so much for us. Don't stop now.
1Lord, you have seen what is in my heart. You know all about me.2You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know what I'm thinking even though you are far away.3You know when I go out to work and when I come back home. You know exactly how I live.4Lord, even before I speak a word, you know all about it.5You are all around me. You are behind me and in front of me. You hold me in your power.6I'm amazed at how well you know me. It's more than I can understand.7How can I get away from your Spirit? Where can I go to escape from you?8If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, you are also there.9Suppose I were to rise with the sun in the east and then cross over to the west where it sinks into the ocean.10Your hand would always be there to guide me. Your right hand would still be holding me close.11Suppose I were to say, "I'm sure the darkness will hide me. The light around me will become as dark as night."12Even that darkness would not be dark to you. The night would shine like the day, because darkness is like light to you.13You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother's body.14How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.15None of my bones was hidden from you when you made me inside my mother's body. That place was as dark as the deepest parts of the earth. When you were putting me together there,16your eyes saw my body even before it was formed. You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them.17God, your thoughts about me are priceless. No one can possibly add them all up.18If I could count them, they would be more than the grains of sand. If I were to fall asleep counting and then wake up, you would still be there with me.19God, I wish you would kill the people who are evil! I wish those murderers would get away from me!20They are your enemies. They misuse your name. They misuse it for their own evil purposes.21Lord, I really hate those who hate you! I really hate those who rise up against you!22I have nothing but hatred for them. I consider them to be my enemies.23God, see what is in my heart. Know what is there. Put me to the test. Know what I'm thinking.24See if there's anything in my life you don't like. Help me live in the way that is always right.