1God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble.2The earth may fall apart. The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea. But we will not be afraid.3The waters of the sea may roar and foam. The mountains may shake when the waters rise. But we will not be afraid. "Selah"4God's blessings are like a river. They fill the city of God with joy. That city is the holy place where the Most High God lives.5Because God is there, the city will not fall. God will help it at the beginning of the day.6Nations are in disorder. Kingdoms fall. God speaks, and the people of the earth melt in fear.7The LORD who rules over all is with us. The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. "Selah"8Come and see what the LORD has done. See the places he has destroyed on the earth.9He makes wars stop from one end of the earth to the other. He breaks every bow. He snaps every spear. He burns every shield with fire.10He says, "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be honored among the nations. I will be honored in the earth."11The LORD who rules over all is with us. The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. "Selah"
1Clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with cries of joy.2How wonderful is the LORD Most High! He is the great King over the whole earth.3He brought nations under our control. He made them fall under us.4He chose our land for us. The people of Jacob are proud of their land, and God loves them. "Selah"5God went up to his throne while his people were shouting with joy. The LORD went up while trumpets were playing.6Sing praises to God. Sing praises. Sing praises to our King. Sing praises.7God is the King of the whole earth. Sing a psalm of praise to him.8God rules over the nations. He is seated on his holy throne.9The nobles of the nations come together. They are now part of the people of the God of Abraham. The kings of the earth belong to God. He is greatly honored.
1The LORD is great. He is really worthy of praise. Praise him in the city of our God, his holy mountain.2Mount Zion is high and beautiful. It brings joy to everyone on earth. Mount Zion is like the highest parts of Mount Zaphon. It is the city of the Great King.3God is there to keep it safe. He has shown himself to be like a fort to the city.4Many kings joined forces. They entered Israel together.5But when they saw Mount Zion, they were amazed. They ran away in terror.6Trembling took hold of them. They felt pain like a woman giving birth to a baby.7Lord, you destroyed them like ships of Tarshish that were torn apart by an east wind.8What we heard we have also seen. We have seen it in the city of the LORD who rules over all. We have seen it in the city of our God. We have heard and seen that God makes her secure forever. "Selah"9God, inside your temple we think about your faithful love.10God, your fame reaches from one end of the earth to the other. In the same way, people praise you from one end of the earth to the other. You use your power to do what is right.11Mount Zion is filled with joy. The villages of Judah are glad. That's because you judge fairly.12Walk around Zion. Go all around it. Count its towers.13Think carefully about its outer walls. Just look at how safe it is! Then you can tell its people that God keeps them safe.14This God is our God for ever and ever. He will be our guide to the very end.
1Hear this, all you nations. Listen, all you who live in this world.2Listen, ordinary and important people alike. Listen, those of you who are rich or poor.3My mouth will speak wise words. What I say from my heart will give understanding.4I will pay attention to a proverb. I will explain my riddle as I play the harp.5Why should I be afraid when trouble comes? Why should I fear when sinners are all around me? They are the kind of people who want to take advantage of me.6They trust in their wealth. They brag about how rich they are.7No man can pay for the life of anyone else. No one can give God what that would cost.8The price for a life is very high. No payment is ever enough.9No one can pay enough to live forever and not rot in the grave.10Everyone can see that even wise people die. Foolish and dumb people also pass away. All of them leave their wealth to others.11Their graves will remain their houses forever. Their graves will be their homes for all time to come. Naming lands after themselves won't help either.12Even though people may be very rich, they don't live on and on. They are like the animals. They die.13That's what happens to those who trust in themselves. It also happens to their followers, who agree with what they say. "Selah"14Like sheep they will end up in the grave. Death will swallow them up. When honest people come to power, a new day will dawn. The bodies of sinners will waste away in the grave. They will end up far away from their princely houses.15But God will save me from the grave. He will certainly take me to himself. "Selah"16Don't be upset when someone becomes rich. Don't be troubled when he becomes more and more wealthy.17He won't take anything with him when he dies. His riches won't go down to the grave with him.18While he lived, he believed he was blessed. People praised him when things were going well for him.19But he will die, like his people of long ago. He will never again see the light that leads to life.20People who have riches but don't understand are like the animals. They die.
1The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks. He calls out to the earth from the sunrise in the east to the sunset in the west.2From Zion, perfect and beautiful, God's glory shines out.3Our God comes, and he won't be silent. A burning fire goes ahead of him. A terrible storm is all around him.4He calls out to heaven and earth to be his witnesses. Then he judges his people.5He says, "Gather my holy people around me. They made a covenant with me by offering a sacrifice."6The heavens announce that what God decides is right. He himself is the Judge. "Selah"7God says, "Listen, my people, and I will speak. Listen, Israel, and I will give witness against you. I am God, your God.8I don't find fault with you because of your sacrifices. I don't find fault with the burnt offerings you always bring me.9I don't need a bull from your barn. I don't need goats from your pens.10Every animal in the forest already belongs to me. And so do the cattle on a thousand hills.11I own every bird in the mountains. The creatures of the field belong to me.12If I were hungry, I wouldn't tell you. The world belongs to me. And so does everything in it.13Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats?14Bring me thank offerings, because I am your God. Carry out the promises you made to me, because I am the Most High God.15Call out to me when trouble comes. I will save you. And you will honor me."16But here is what God says to sinful people. "What right do you have to speak the words of my laws? How dare you speak the words of my covenant!17You hate my teaching. You turn your back on what I say.18When you see a thief, you join him. You make friends with those who commit adultery.19You use your mouth to speak evil. You use your tongue to spread lies.20You always speak against your brother. You always tell lies about your own mother's son.21You have done those things, and I kept silent. So you thought I was just like you. But now I'm going to correct you. I will bring charges against you.22"You who forget God, think about this. If you don't, I will tear you to pieces. No one will be able to save you.23Anyone who sacrifices thank offerings to me honors me. He makes it possible for me to show him that I am the God who saves."