1Shepherd of Israel, hear us. You lead the people of Joseph like a flock. You sit on your throne between the cherubim. Show your glory2to the people of Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Call your strength into action. Come and save us.3God, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favor. Then we will be saved.4LORD God who rules over all, how long will your anger burn against the prayers of your people?5You have given us tears as our food. You have made us drink tears by the bowlful.6You have let our neighbors fight against us. Our enemies laugh at us.7God who rules over all, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favor. Then we will be saved.8You brought Israel out of Egypt. Israel was like a vine. After you drove the nations out of Canaan, you planted the vine in their land.9You prepared the ground for it. It took root and spread out over the whole land.10The mountains were covered with its shade. The shade of its branches covered the mighty cedar trees.11Your vine sent its branches out all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. They reached as far as the Euphrates River.12Why have you broken down the walls around your vine? Now all who pass by it can pick its grapes.13Wild pigs from the forest destroy it. The creatures of the field feed on it.14God who rules over all, return to us! Look down from heaven and see us! Watch over your vine.15Guard the root you have planted with your powerful right hand. Take care of the branch you have raised up for yourself.16Your vine has been cut down. Fire has burned it up. You have been angry with us, and we are dying.17May you honor the people at your right hand. May you honor the nation you have raised up for yourself.18Then we won't turn away from you. Give us new life. We will worship you.19LORD God who rules over all, make us new again. Let your face smile on us with favor. Then we will be saved.
1Sing joyfully to God! He gives us strength. Give a loud shout to the God of Jacob!2Let the music begin. Play the tambourines. Play sweet music on harps and lyres.3Blow the ram's horn on the day of the New Moon Feast. Blow it again when the moon is full and the Feast of Booths begins.4This is an order given to Israel. It is a law of the God of Jacob.5He gave it as a covenant law for the people of Joseph when God went out to punish Egypt. There we heard a language we didn't understand.6God said, "I removed the load from your shoulders. I set your hands free from carrying heavy baskets.7You called out when you were in trouble, and I saved you. I answered you out of a thundercloud. I put you to the test at the waters of Meribah. "Selah"8"My people, listen and I will warn you. Israel, I wish you would listen to me!9Don't have anything to do with the gods of other nations. Don't bow down and worship strange gods.10I am the LORD your God. I brought you up out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.11"But my people wouldn't listen to me. Israel wouldn't obey me.12So I let them go their own stubborn way. I let them follow their own sinful plans.13"I wish my people would listen to me! I wish Israel would live as I want them to live!14Then I would quickly bring their enemies under control. I would use my power against their attackers.15Those who hate me would bow down to me in fear. They would be punished forever.16But you would be fed with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with the sweetest honey."
1God takes his place at the head of a large gathering of rulers and judges. He announces his decisions among them.2He says, "How long will you stand up for those who aren't fair to others? How long will you show favor to sinful people? "Selah"3Stand up for those who are weak and for those whose fathers have died. See to it that those who are poor and those who are beaten down are treated fairly.4Save the weak and those who are in need. Save them from the power of sinful people.5"You rulers and judges don't know anything. You don't understand anything. You are in the dark about what is right. Law and order have been destroyed all over the world.6"I said, 'Rulers and judges, you are "gods." You are all children of the Most High God.'7But you will die, just like everyone else. You will die like every other ruler."8God, rise up. Judge the earth. All of the nations belong to you.
1God, don't keep silent. God, don't keep quiet. Don't be still.2See how your enemies are getting ready for action. See how they are rising up against you.3They make clever plans against your people. They make evil plans against those you love.4"Come," they say. "Let's destroy that whole nation. Then the name of Israel won't be remembered anymore."5All of them agree on the evil plans they have made. They join forces against you.6Their forces include the people of Edom, Ishmael, Moab and Hagar.7They also include the people of Byblos, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia and Tyre.8Even Assyria has joined them to give strength to the people of Moab and Ammon. "Selah"9Do to them what you did to the people of Midian. Do to them what you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.10Sisera and Jabin died near the town of Endor. Their bodies were left to rot on the ground.11Do to the nobles of your enemies what you did to Oreb and Zeeb. Do to all of their princes what you did to Zebah and Zalmunna.12They said, "Let's take over the grasslands that belong to God."13My God, make them like straw that the wind blows away. Make them like tumbleweed.14Destroy them as fire burns up a forest. Destroy them as a flame sets mountains on fire.15Chase them with your mighty winds. Terrify them with your storm.16Lord, put them to shame so that people will worship you.17May they always be filled with terror and shame. May they die in dishonor.18Your name is the Lord. Let them know that you alone are the Most High God over the whole earth.
1LORD who rules over all, how lovely is the place where you live!2I long to be in the courtyards of the LORD's temple. I deeply long to be there. My whole being cries out for the living God.3LORD who rules over all, even the sparrow has found a home near your altar. My King and my God, the swallow also has a nest there, where she may have her young.4Blessed are those who live in your house. They are always praising you. "Selah"5Blessed are those whose strength comes from you. They have decided to travel to your temple.6As they pass through the dry Valley of Baca, they make it a place where water flows. The rain in the fall covers it with pools.7Those people get stronger as they go along, until each of them appears in Zion, where God lives.8LORD God who rules over all, hear my prayer. God of the people of Jacob, listen to me. "Selah"9God, look with favor on your anointed king. You appointed him to be like a shield that keeps us safe.10A single day in your courtyards is better than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather guard the door of the house of my God than live in the tents of sinful people.11The LORD God is like the sun that gives us light. He is like a shield that keeps us safe. The LORD blesses us with favor and honor. He doesn't hold back anything good from those whose lives are without blame.12LORD who rules over all, blessed is everyone who trusts in you.
1Lord, you showed favor to your land. You blessed the people of Jacob with great success again.2You forgave the evil things your people did. You took away all of their sins. "Selah"3You stopped being angry with them. You turned your burning anger away from them.4God our Savior, make us new again. Stop being unhappy with us.5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you be angry for all time to come?6Won't you give us new life again? Then we'll be joyful because of what you have done.7Lord, show us your faithful love. Save us.8I will listen to what God the LORD will say. He promises peace to his faithful people. But they must not return to their foolish ways.9I know he's ready to save those who have respect for him. Then his glory can be seen in our land.10God's truth and faithful love join together. His peace and holiness kiss each other.11His truth springs up from the earth. His holiness looks down from heaven.12The LORD will certainly give what is good. Our land will produce its crops.13God's holiness leads the way in front of him. It prepares the way for his coming.