1Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!2Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.3Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;4this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.5When God went out against Egypt, he established it as a statute for Joseph. I heard an unknown voice say:6“I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.7In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.8Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me, Israel!9You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not worship any god other than me.10I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.11“But my people would not listen to me; Israel would not submit to me.12So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices.13“If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways,14how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!15Those who hate the LORD would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever.16But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
1LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.2May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.3I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.4I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.5I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.6You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.7Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.8You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;9my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.10Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?11Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction ?12Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?13But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.14Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?15From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.16Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.17All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.18You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.
1It is good to praise the LORDand make music to your name, O Most High,2proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,3to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.4For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.5How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts!6Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand,7that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.8But you, LORD, are forever exalted.9For surely your enemies, LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.10You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me.11My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.12The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;13planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.14They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,15proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
1The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.2Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.3The seas have lifted up, LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.4Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.5Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.