1Lord, through all the generations you have been our home!2Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.3You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals!”4For you, a thousand years are as a passing day, as brief as a few night hours.5You sweep people away like dreams that disappear. They are like grass that springs up in the morning.6In the morning it blooms and flourishes, but by evening it is dry and withered.7We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury.8You spread out our sins before you— our secret sins—and you see them all.9We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan.10Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away.11Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.12Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.13O LORD, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants!14Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.15Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good.16Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.17And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!
1Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.2This I declare about the LORD : He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.3For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.4He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.5Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day.6Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.7Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.8Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.9If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter,10no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.11For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.12They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.13You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!14The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.15When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.16I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”
1It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to the Most High.2It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening,3accompanied by a ten-stringed instrument, a harp, and the melody of a lyre.4You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.5O LORD, what great works you do! And how deep are your thoughts.6Only a simpleton would not know, and only a fool would not understand this:7Though the wicked sprout like weeds and evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.8But you, O LORD, will be exalted forever.9Your enemies, LORD, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered.10But you have made me as strong as a wild ox. You have anointed me with the finest oil.11My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.12But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.13For they are transplanted to the LORD ’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God.14Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.15They will declare, “The LORD is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”
1The LORD is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.2Your throne, O LORD, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.3The floods have risen up, O LORD . The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves.4But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these!5Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O LORD, is holy forever and ever.
1O LORD, the God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, let your glorious justice shine forth!2Arise, O Judge of the earth. Give the proud what they deserve.3How long, O LORD ? How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?4How long will they speak with arrogance? How long will these evil people boast?5They crush your people, LORD, hurting those you claim as your own.6They kill widows and foreigners and murder orphans.7“The LORD isn’t looking,” they say, “and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.”8Think again, you fools! When will you finally catch on?9Is he deaf—the one who made your ears? Is he blind—the one who formed your eyes?10He punishes the nations—won’t he also punish you? He knows everything—doesn’t he also know what you are doing?11The LORD knows people’s thoughts; he knows they are worthless!12Joyful are those you discipline, LORD, those you teach with your instructions.13You give them relief from troubled times until a pit is dug to capture the wicked.14The LORD will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession.15Judgment will again be founded on justice, and those with virtuous hearts will pursue it.16Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers?17Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.18I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me.19When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.20Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side— leaders whose decrees permit injustice?21They gang up against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.22But the LORD is my fortress; my God is the mighty rock where I hide.23God will turn the sins of evil people back on them. He will destroy them for their sins. The LORD our God will destroy them.
1Come, let us sing to the LORD ! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.2Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.3For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods.4He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.5The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.6Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker,7for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today!8The LORD says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah, as they did at Massah in the wilderness.9For there your ancestors tested and tried my patience, even though they saw everything I did.10For forty years I was angry with them, and I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’11So in my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest.’”