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Psalm 115-118 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The One True God

115 God, glorify your name!
Yes, your name alone be glorified, not ours.
For you are the one who loves us passionately,
and you are faithful and true.
Why should the unbelievers mock us, saying,
“Where is this God of yours?”
But we know our God rules from the heavens
and he takes delight in all that he does.
The unbelievers worship what they make—
their wealth and their work.
5–8 They idolize what they own
and what they make with their hands,
but their things can’t talk to them or answer their prayers.
Their possessions will never satisfy.
Their futile faith in dead idols and dead works
can never bring life or meaning to their souls.
Blind men can only create blind things.
Those deaf to God can only make a deaf image.
Dead men can only create dead idols.
And everyone who trusts in these powerless, dead things
will be just like what they worship—powerless and dead.[a]
So trust in the Lord, all his people.
For he is the only true hero,
the wrap-around God who is our shield!
10 You, his priests, trust in the Lord.
For he is the only true hero,
God-wrapped-around-us as our shield.
11 Yes, all his lovers who bow before him, trust in the Lord.
For he is our only true hero,
God-wrapped-around-us as our shield.
12 The Lord will never forget us in our need; he will bless us indeed!
He will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron, his priest.
13 Yes! He will bless his lovers who bow before him,
no matter who they are.
14–15 God himself will fill you with more.
Blessings upon blessings will be heaped upon you
and upon your children from the maker of heaven and earth,
the very God who made you!
16 The heavens belong to our God; they are his alone,
but he has given us[b] the earth and put us in charge.
17–18 Dead people cannot praise the Lord, but we can!
Those who sink to the silence of the grave
can no longer give glory to God, but we can!
So let’s praise the Lord!
Let’s begin now and let it go on until eternity is done.
Hallelujah, and praise the Lord!

I’m Saved

116 I am passionately in love with God because he listens to me.
He hears my prayers and answers them.
As long as I live I’ll keep praying to him,
for he stoops down to listen to my heart’s cry.
Death once stared me in the face,
and I was close to slipping into its dark shadows.
I was terrified and overcome with sorrow.
I cried out to the Lord, “God, come and save me!”
He was so kind, so gracious to me.
Because of his passion toward me,
he made everything right and he restored me.
So I’ve learned from my experience
that God protects the childlike and humble ones.
For I was broken and brought low,
but he answered me and came to my rescue!
Now I can say to myself and to all,
“Relax and rest, be confident and serene,
for the Lord rewards fully those who simply trust in him.”
God has rescued my soul from death’s fear
and dried my eyes of many tears.
He’s kept my feet firmly on his path
and strengthened me so that I may please him[c]
and live my life before him in his life-giving light.
10–11 Even when it seems I’m surrounded
by many liars and my own fears,
and though I’m hurting in my suffering and trauma,
I still stay faithful to God and speak words of faith.
12 So now, what can I ever give back to God
to repay him for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
13 I will lift up his cup of salvation and praise him extravagantly
for all that he’s done for me.
14 I will fulfill the promise I made to God
in the presence of his gathered people.
15 When one of God’s holy lovers dies,
it is costly to the Lord, touching his heart.
16 Lord, because I am your loving servant,
you have broken open my life and freed me from my chains.
17 Now I’ll worship you passionately and bring to you
my sacrifice of praise, drenched with thanksgiving!
18 I’ll keep my promise to you, God,
in the presence of your gathered people, just like I said I would.
19 I will worship you here in your living presence,
in the temple in Jerusalem.
I will worship and sing hallelujah, for I praise you, Lord!

Glorious Praise

117 A praise psalm
Let everyone everywhere shine with praise to Yahweh![d]
Let it all out! Go ahead and praise him!
For he has conquered us with his great love
and his kindness has melted our hearts.
His faithfulness lasts forever and he will never fail you.
So go ahead, let it all out!
Praise Yah!
O Yah![e]

Glorious Thanksgiving

118 A praise psalm[f]
Keep on giving your thanks to God, for he is so good!
His constant, tender love lasts forever!
Let all his princely people sing,
“His constant, tender love lasts forever!”
Let all his holy priests sing,
“His constant, tender love lasts forever!”
Let all his lovers who bow low before him sing,
“His constant, tender love lasts forever!”
Out of my deep anguish and pain I prayed,
and God, you helped me as a father.
You came to my rescue and broke open the way
into a beautiful and broad place.
Now I know, Lord, that you are for me,
and I will never fear what man can do to me.
For you stand beside me as my hero who rescues me.
I’ve seen with my own eyes the defeat of my enemies.
I’ve triumphed over them all!
Lord, it is so much better to trust in you to save me
than to put my confidence in someone else.
Yes, it is so much better to trust in the Lord to save me
than to put my confidence in celebrities.
10 Once I was hemmed in and surrounded by those
who don’t love you.
But by Yahweh’s supernatural power I overcame them all!
11–12 Yes, they surrounded me,
like a swarm of killer bees swirling around me.
I was trapped like one trapped by a raging fire;
I was surrounded with no way out and at the point of collapse.
But by Yahweh’s supernatural power, I overcame them all!
13 They pushed me right up to the edge, and I was ready to fall,
but you helped me to triumph, and together we overcame them all.
14 Lord, you are my true strength and my glory-song,
my champion, my Savior!
15 The joyful songs I now sing will be sung again
in the hearts and homes of all your lovers.
My loud shouts of victory will echo throughout the land.[g]
For Yahweh’s right hand conquers valiantly!
16 The right hand of Yahweh exalts!
The right hand of Yahweh will never fail.
17 You will not let them kill me,
but I will live to tell the world what the Lord has done for me.
18 Yes, the Lord punished me as I deserved,
but he’ll never give me over to death.
19 Swing wide, you gates of righteousness, and let me pass through,
and I will enter into your presence to worship only you.
20 I have found the gateway to God,
the pathway to his presence for all his lovers.
21 I will offer all my loving praise to you,
and I thank you so much for answering my prayer
and bringing me salvation!
22 The very stone the masons rejected as flawed
has turned out to be the most important capstone of the arch,[h]
holding up the very house of God.
23 The Lord himself is the one who has done this,
and it’s so amazing, so marvelous to see!
24 This is the very day of the Lord that brings
gladness and joy, filling our hearts with glee.
25 O God, please come and save us again;
bring us your breakthrough-victory!
26 Blessed is this one who comes to us, the sent one of the Lord.
And from within the temple we cry, “We bless you!”
27–28 For the Lord our God has brought us his glory-light.
I offer him my life in joyous sacrifice.
Tied tightly to your altar I will bring you praise.
For you are the God of my life and I lift you high,
exalting you to the highest place.
29 So let’s keep on giving our thanks to God, for he is so good!
His constant, tender love lasts forever!

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 115:5 Referring to the idols, the literal Hebrew could be translated “With mouths, but they cannot speak; with eyes, but they cannot see; with ears, but they cannot hear; with noses, but they cannot smell; with hands, but they cannot feel; with feet, but they cannot walk. Those who make them will become like them and everyone who trusts in them.”
  2. Psalm 115:16 Or “Adam’s sons.”
  3. Psalm 116:9 As translated from the Septuagint.
  4. Psalm 117:1 The word for “praise” is taken from the word shine.
  5. Psalm 117:2 The name Yah is not an abbreviated form of Yahweh; it is the name of God as he displays his power. Yahweh is found 6,830 times in the Hebrew text, and Yah is found 49 times.
  6. Psalm 118:1 This is the psalm or hymn that Jesus likely sang after the Passover supper with his disciples, before making his way to Gethsemane and Calvary.
  7. Psalm 118:15 Or “in the tents of the righteous.”
  8. Psalm 118:22 The words “capstone of the arch” can also be translated “the head of the corner.”
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