1Lord, from the very beginning you have been like a home to us.2Before you created the world and the mountains were made, from the beginning to the end you are God.3You turn human beings back to dust. You say to them, "Return to dust."4To you a thousand years are like a day that has just gone by. They are like a few hours of the night.5You sweep people away, and they die. They are like new grass that grows in the morning.6In the morning it springs up new, but by evening it's all dried up.7Your anger destroys us. Your burning anger terrifies us.8You have put our sins right in front of you. You have placed our secret sins where you can see them clearly.9You have been angry with us all of our days. We groan as we come to the end of our lives.10We live to be about 70. Or we may live to be 80, if we stay healthy. But all that time is filled with trouble and sorrow. The years quickly pass, and we are gone.11Who knows how powerful your anger is? It's as great as the respect we should have for you.12Teach us to realize how short our lives are. Then our hearts will become wise.13Lord, please stop punishing us! How long will you keep it up? Be kind to us.14Satisfy us with your faithful love every morning. Then we can sing with joy and be glad all of our days.15Make us glad for as many days as you have made us suffer. Give us joy for as many years as we've had trouble.16Show us your mighty acts. Let our children see your glorious power.17May the Lord our God show us his favor. Lord, make what we do succeed. Please make what we do succeed.
1The person who rests in the shadow of the Most High God will be kept safe by the Mighty One.2I will say about the Lord, "He is my place of safety. He is like a fort to me. He is my God. I trust in him."3He will certainly save you from hidden traps and from deadly sickness.4He will cover you with his wings. Under the feathers of his wings you will find safety. He is faithful. He will keep you safe like a shield or a tower.5You won't have to be afraid of the terrors that come during the night. You won't have to fear the arrows that come at you during the day.6You won't have to be afraid of the sickness that attacks in the darkness. You won't have to fear the plague that destroys at noon.7A thousand may fall dead at your side. Ten thousand may fall near your right hand. But no harm will come to you.8You will see with your own eyes how God punishes sinful people.9The LORD is the one who keeps you safe. So let the Most High God be like a home to you.10Then no harm will come to you. No terrible plague will come near your tent.11The LORD will command his angels to take good care of you.12They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won't trip over a stone.13You will walk all over lions and cobras. You will crush mighty lions and poisonous snakes.14The LORD says, "I will save the one who loves me. I will keep him safe, because he trusts in me.15He will call out to me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in times of trouble. I will save him and honor him.16I will give him a long and full life. I will save him."
1Lord, it is good to praise you. Most High God, it is good to make music to honor you.2It is good to sing every morning about your love. It is good to sing every night about how faithful you are.3I sing about it to the music of the lyre that has ten strings. I sing about it to the music of the harp.4Lord, you make me glad by what you have done. I sing with joy about the works of your hands.5Lord, how great are the things you do! How wise your thoughts are!6Here is something a man who isn't wise doesn't know. Here is what a foolish person doesn't understand.7Those who are evil spring up like grass. Those who do wrong succeed. But they will be destroyed forever.8But Lord, you are honored forever.9Lord, your enemies will certainly die. All those who do evil will be scattered.10You have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have poured the finest olive oil on me.11I've seen my evil enemies destroyed. I've heard that they have lost the battle.12Those who do what is right will grow like a palm tree. They will grow strong like a cedar tree in Lebanon.13Their roots will be firm in the house of the Lord. They will grow strong and healthy in the courtyards of our God.14When they get old, they will still bear fruit. Like young trees they will stay fresh and strong.15They will say to everyone, "The LORD is honest. He is my Rock. There is no evil in him."
1The LORD rules. He puts on majesty as if it were clothes. The LORD puts on majesty and strength. The world is firmly set in place. It can't be moved.2Lord, you began to rule a long time ago. You have always existed.3Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice. They have lifted up their pounding waves.4But Lord, you are more powerful than the roar of the ocean. You are stronger than the waves of the sea. Lord, you are powerful in heaven.5Your laws do not change. Lord, your temple will be holy for all time to come.
1Lord, you are the God who punishes. Since you are the one who punishes, come and show your anger.2Judge of the earth, rise up. Pay back proud people for what they have done.3Lord, how long will those who are evil be glad? How long will they be full of joy?4Proud words pour out of their mouths. All those who do evil are always bragging.5Lord, they crush your people. They beat down those who belong to you.6They kill outsiders. They kill widows. They murder children whose fathers have died.7They say, "The LORD doesn't see what's happening. The God of Jacob doesn't pay any attention to it."8You who aren't wise, pay attention. You foolish people, when will you become wise?9Does he who made the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?10Does he who corrects nations not punish? Does he who teaches human beings not know anything?11The LORD knows what people think. He knows that their thoughts don't amount to anything.12Lord, blessed is the man you correct. Blessed is the person you teach from your law.13You give him rest from times of trouble, until a pit is dug to trap sinners.14The LORD won't say no to his people. He will never desert those who belong to him.15He will again judge people in keeping with what is right. All those who have honest hearts will follow the right way.16Who will rise up for me against sinful people? Who will stand up for me against those who do evil?17Suppose the LORD had not helped me. Then I would soon have been lying quietly in the grave.18I said, "My foot is slipping." But Lord, your love kept me from falling.19I was very worried. But your comfort brought joy to my heart.20Can you have anything to do with rulers who aren't fair? Can those who make laws that cause suffering be friends of yours?21They join together against those who do what is right. They sentence to death those who aren't guilty of doing anything wrong.22But the LORD has become like a fort to me. My God is my rock. I go to him for safety.23He will pay them back for their sins. He will destroy them for their evil acts. The LORD our God will destroy them.
1Come, let us sing with joy to the Lord. Let us give a loud shout to the Rock who saves us.2Let us come to him and give him thanks. Let us praise him with music and song.3The LORD is the great God. He is the greatest King. He rules over all of the gods.4He owns the deepest parts of the earth. The mountain peaks belong to him.5The ocean is his, because he made it. He formed the dry land with his hands.6Come, let us bow down and worship him. Let us fall on our knees in front of the LORD our Maker.7He is our God. We are the sheep belonging to his flock. We are the people he takes good care of. Listen to his voice today.8If you hear it, don't be stubborn as you were at Meribah. Don't be stubborn as you were that day at Massah in the desert.9There your people of long ago really put me to the test. They did it even though they had seen what I had done for them.10For 40 years I was angry with them. I said, "Their hearts are always going down the wrong path. They do not know how I want them to live."11So when I was angry, I took an oath. I said, "They will never enjoy the rest I planned for them."