1Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory2to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us!3Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.4O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers?5You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful.6You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations. Our enemies treat us as a joke.7Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.8You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land.9You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land.10Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars.11We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River.12But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit?13The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it.14Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine15that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself.16For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown.17Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.18Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more.19Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.
1Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Jacob.2Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp.3Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival!4For this is required by the decrees of Israel; it is a regulation of the God of Jacob.5He made it a law for Israel when he attacked Egypt to set us free. I heard an unknown voice say,6“Now I will take the load from your shoulders; I will free your hands from their heavy tasks.7You cried to me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered out of the thundercloud and tested your faith when there was no water at Meribah. Interlude8“Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen to me!9You must never have a foreign god; you must not bow down before a false god.10For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.11“But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around.12So I let them follow their own stubborn desires, living according to their own ideas.13Oh, that my people would listen to me! Oh, that Israel would follow me, walking in my paths!14How quickly I would then subdue their enemies! How soon my hands would be upon their foes!15Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him; they would be doomed forever.16But I would feed you with the finest wheat. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
1God presides over heaven’s court; he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings:2“How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked? Interlude3“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.4Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.5But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core.6I say, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High.7But you will die like mere mortals and fall like every other ruler.’”8Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.
1O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God.2Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?3They devise crafty schemes against your people; they conspire against your precious ones.4“Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”5Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you—6these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites;7Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre.8Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude9Do to them as you did to the Midianites and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.10They were destroyed at Endor, and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.11Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did. Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,12for they said, “Let us seize for our own use these pasturelands of God!”13O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind!14As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,15chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest.16Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O LORD .17Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace.18Then they will learn that you alone are called the LORD, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth.
1How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.2I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD . With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.3Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young at a place near your altar, O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!4What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises. Interlude5What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.6When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.7They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.8O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude9O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield! Show favor to the one you have anointed.10A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.11For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.12O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in you.
1LORD, you poured out blessings on your land! You restored the fortunes of Israel.2You forgave the guilt of your people— yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude3You held back your fury. You kept back your blazing anger.4Now restore us again, O God of our salvation. Put aside your anger against us once more.5Will you be angry with us always? Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?6Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?7Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.8I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways.9Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory.10Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed!11Truth springs up from the earth, and righteousness smiles down from heaven.12Yes, the LORD pours down his blessings. Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.13Righteousness goes as a herald before him, preparing the way for his steps.