All Lands Summoned to Praise God
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.2Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
3Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
5For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.Chapter 101A Sovereign's Pledge of Integrity and Justice
Of David. A Psalm.
1I will sing of loyalty and of justice;
to you, O Lord, I will sing.2I will study the way that is blameless.
When shall I attain it?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;3I will not set before my eyes
anything that is base.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.4Perverseness of heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.
5One who secretly slanders a neighbor
I will destroy.
A haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not tolerate.
6I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
so that they may live with me;
whoever walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.
7No one who practices deceit
shall remain in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue in my presence.
8Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all evildoers
from the city of the Lord.Chapter 102Prayer to the Eternal King for Help
A prayer of one afflicted, when faint and pleading before the Lord.
1Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you.2Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call.
3For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.4My heart is stricken and withered like grass;
I am too wasted to eat my bread.5Because of my loud groaning
my bones cling to my skin.6I am like an owl of the wilderness,
like a little owl of the waste places.7I lie awake;
I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.8All day long my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.9For I eat ashes like bread,
and mingle tears with my drink,10because of your indignation and anger;
for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside.11My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
12But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
your name endures to all generations.13You will rise up and have compassion on Zion,
for it is time to favor it;
the appointed time has come.14For your servants hold its stones dear,
and have pity on its dust.15The nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth your glory.16For the Lord will build up Zion;
he will appear in his glory.17He will regard the prayer of the destitute,
and will not despise their prayer.
18Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord:19that he looked down from his holy height,
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,20to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die;21so that the name of the Lord may be declared in Zion,
and his praise in Jerusalem,22when peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the Lord.
23He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.24“O my God,” I say, “do not take me away
at the mid-point of my life,
you whose years endure
throughout all generations.”
25Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.26They will perish, but you endure;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You change them like clothing, and they pass away;27but you are the same, and your years have no end.28The children of your servants shall live secure;
their offspring shall be established in your presence.Chapter 103Thanksgiving for God's Goodness
1Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.2Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget all his benefits—3who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,4who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,5who satisfies you with good as long as you live
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.7He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.8The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.9He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.10He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.11For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;12as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.13As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.14For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.
15As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.17But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,18to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.20Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
obedient to his spoken word.21Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers that do his will.22Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.Chapter 104God the Creator and Provider
1Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honor and majesty,2wrapped in light as with a garment.
You stretch out the heavens like a tent,3you set the beams of your chambers on the waters,
you make the clouds your chariot,
you ride on the wings of the wind,4you make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers.
5You set the earth on its foundations,
so that it shall never be shaken.6You cover it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.7At your rebuke they flee;
at the sound of your thunder they take to flight.8They rose up to the mountains, ran down to the valleys
to the place that you appointed for them.9You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
10You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills,11giving drink to every wild animal;
the wild asses quench their thirst.12By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;
they sing among the branches.13From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
14You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth,15and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine,
and bread to strengthen the human heart.16The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.17In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has its home in the fir trees.18The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.19You have made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.20You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.21The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.22When the sun rises, they withdraw
and lie down in their dens.23People go out to their work
and to their labor until the evening.
24O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.25Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great.26There go the ships,
and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.
27These all look to you
to give them their food in due season;28when you give to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.29When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.30When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—32who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.34May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.35Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!Chapter 105God's Faithfulness to Israel
1O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.2Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wonderful works.3Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.4Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually.5Remember the wonderful works he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,6O offspring of his servant Abraham,
children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
7He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.8He is mindful of his covenant forever,
of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,9the covenant that he made with Abraham,
his sworn promise to Isaac,10which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant,11saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as your portion for an inheritance.”
12When they were few in number,
of little account, and strangers in it,13wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,14he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,15saying, “Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”
16When he summoned famine against the land,
and broke every staff of bread,17he had sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, who was sold as a slave.18His feet were hurt with fetters,
his neck was put in a collar of iron;19until what he had said came to pass,
the word of the Lord kept testing him.20The king sent and released him;
the ruler of the peoples set him free.21He made him lord of his house,
and ruler of all his possessions,22to instruct his officials at his pleasure,
and to teach his elders wisdom.
23Then Israel came to Egypt;
Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham.24And the Lord made his people very fruitful,
and made them stronger than their foes,25whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
to deal craftily with his servants.
26He sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron whom he had chosen.27They performed his signs among them,
and miracles in the land of Ham.28He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
they rebelled against his words.29He turned their waters into blood,
and caused their fish to die.30Their land swarmed with frogs,
even in the chambers of their kings.31He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
and gnats throughout their country.32He gave them hail for rain,
and lightning that flashed through their land.33He struck their vines and fig trees,
and shattered the trees of their country.34He spoke, and the locusts came,
and young locusts without number;35they devoured all the vegetation in their land,
and ate up the fruit of their ground.36He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the first issue of all their strength.
37Then he brought Israel out with silver and gold,
and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled.38Egypt was glad when they departed,
for dread of them had fallen upon it.39He spread a cloud for a covering,
and fire to give light by night.40They asked, and he brought quails,
and gave them food from heaven in abundance.41He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
it flowed through the desert like a river.42For he remembered his holy promise,
and Abraham, his servant.
43So he brought his people out with joy,
his chosen ones with singing.44He gave them the lands of the nations,
and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples,45that they might keep his statutes
and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!Chapter 106A Confession of Israel's Sins
1Praise the Lord!
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.2Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
or declare all his praise?3Happy are those who observe justice,
who do righteousness at all times.
4Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;
help me when you deliver them;5that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory in your heritage.
6Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly.7Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
but rebelled against the Most High at the Red Sea.8Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
so that he might make known his mighty power.9He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry;
he led them through the deep as through a desert.10So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.11The waters covered their adversaries;
not one of them was left.12Then they believed his words;
they sang his praise.
13But they soon forgot his works;
they did not wait for his counsel.14But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
and put God to the test in the desert;15he gave them what they asked,
but sent a wasting disease among them.
16They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the faction of Abiram.18Fire also broke out in their company;
the flame burned up the wicked.
19They made a calf at Horeb
and worshiped a cast image.20They exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.21They forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,22wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.23Therefore he said he would destroy them—
had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24Then they despised the pleasant land,
having no faith in his promise.25They grumbled in their tents,
and did not obey the voice of the Lord.26Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,27and would disperse their descendants among the nations,
scattering them over the lands.
28Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;29they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
and a plague broke out among them.30Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
and the plague was stopped.31And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
from generation to generation forever.
32They angered the Lord! at the waters of Meribah,
and it went ill with Moses on their account;33for they made his spirit bitter,
and he spoke words that were rash.
34They did not destroy the peoples,
as the Lord commanded them,35but they mingled with the nations
and learned to do as they did.36They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.37They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons;38they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
and the land was polluted with blood.39Thus they became unclean by their acts,
and prostituted themselves in their doings.
40Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
and he abhorred his heritage;41he gave them into the hand of the nations,
so that those who hated them ruled over them.42Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under their power.43Many times he delivered them,
but they were rebellious in their purposes,
and were brought low through their iniquity.44Nevertheless he regarded their distress
when he heard their cry.45For their sake he remembered his covenant,
and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.46He caused them to be pitied
by all who held them captive.
47Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
48Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise the Lord!