113 Shout praises to the Lord! Everyone who serves him, come and praise his name.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised now and forever. 3 From dawn until sunset the name of the Lord deserves to be praised. 4 The Lord is far above all of the nations; he is more glorious than the heavens.
5 No one can compare with the Lord our God. His throne is high above, 6 and he looks down to see the heavens and the earth. 7 God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, 8 and he lets them take part in ruling his people. 9 When a wife has no children, he blesses her with some, and she is happy. Shout praises to the Lord!
The Lord Works Wonders
114 God brought his people out of Egypt, that land with a strange language. 2 He made Judah his holy place and ruled over Israel.
3 When the sea looked at God, it ran away, and the Jordan River flowed upstream. 4 The mountains and the hills skipped around like goats.
5 Ask the sea why it ran away or ask the Jordan why it flowed upstream. 6 Ask the mountains and the hills why they skipped like goats!
7 Earth, you will tremble, when the Lord God of Jacob comes near, 8 because he turns solid rock into flowing streams and pools of water.
The Lord Deserves To Be Praised
115 We don’t deserve praise! The Lord alone deserves all of the praise, because of his love and faithfulness. 2 Why should the nations ask, “Where is your God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens, doing as he chooses. 4 The idols of the nations are made of silver and gold. 5 They have a mouth and eyes, but they can’t speak or see. 6 Their ears can’t hear, and their noses can’t smell. 7 Their hands have no feeling, their legs don’t move, and they can’t make a sound. 8 Everyone who made the idols and all who trust them are just as helpless as those useless gods.
9 People of Israel, you must trust the Lord to help and protect you. 10 Family of Aaron the priest, you must trust the Lord to help and protect you. 11 All of you worship the Lord, so you must trust him to help and protect you.
12 The Lord will not forget to give us his blessing; he will bless all of Israel and the family of Aaron. 13 All who worship the Lord, no matter who they are, will receive his blessing.
14 I pray that the Lord will let your family and your descendants always grow strong. 15 May the Lord who created the heavens and the earth give you his blessing.
16 The Lord has kept the heavens for himself, but he has given the earth to us humans. 17 The dead are silent and cannot praise the Lord, 18 but we will praise him now and forevermore. Shout praises to the Lord!
When the Lord Saves You from Death
116 I love you, Lord! You answered my prayers. 2 You paid attention to me, and so I will pray to you as long as I live. 3 Death attacked from all sides, and I was captured by its painful chains. But when I was really hurting, 4 I prayed and said, “Lord, please don’t let me die!”
5 You are kind, Lord, so good and merciful. 6 You protect ordinary people, and when I was helpless, you saved me 7 and treated me so kindly that I don’t need to worry anymore.
8 You, Lord, have saved my life from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9 Now I will walk at your side in this land of the living. 10 I was faithful to you when I was suffering, 11 though in my confusion I said, “I can’t trust anyone!”
12 What must I give you, Lord, for being so good to me? 13 I will pour out an offering of wine to you, and I will pray in your name because you have saved me. 14 I will keep my promise to you when your people meet. 15 You are deeply concerned when one of your loyal people faces death.
16 I worship you, Lord, just as my mother did, and you have rescued me from the chains of death. 17 I will offer you a sacrifice to show how grateful I am, and I will pray. 18 I will keep my promise to you when your people 19 gather at your temple in Jerusalem. Shout praises to the Lord!
Come Praise the Lord
117 All of you nations, come praise the Lord! Let everyone praise him. 2 His love for us is wonderful; his faithfulness never ends. Shout praises to the Lord!
The Lord Is Always Merciful
118 Tell the Lord how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful.
2 Let Israel shout, “God is always merciful!” 3 Let the family of Aaron the priest shout, “God is always merciful!” 4 Let every true worshiper of the Lord shout, “God is always merciful!”
5 When I was really hurting, I prayed to the Lord. He answered my prayer, and took my worries away. 6 The Lord is on my side, and I am not afraid of what others can do to me. 7 With the Lord on my side, I will defeat all of my hateful enemies. 8 It is better to trust the Lord for protection than to trust anyone else, 9 including strong leaders.
10 Nations surrounded me, but I got rid of them by the power of the Lord. 11 They attacked from all sides, but I got rid of them by the power of the Lord. 12 They swarmed around like bees, but by the power of the Lord, I got rid of them and their fiery sting. 13 Their attacks were so fierce that I nearly fell, but the Lord helped me. 14 My power and my strength come from the Lord, and he has saved me.
15 From the tents of God’s people come shouts of victory: “The Lord is powerful! 16 With his mighty arm the Lord wins victories! The Lord is powerful!”
17 And so my life is safe, and I will live to tell what the Lord has done. 18 He punished me terribly, but he did not let death lay its hands on me.
19 Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am.
20 Here is the gate of the Lord! Everyone who does right may enter this gate.
21 I praise the Lord for answering my prayers and saving me. 22 The stone that the builders tossed aside has now become the most important stone.
23 The Lord has done this, and it is amazing to us. 24 This day belongs to the Lord! Let’s celebrate and be glad today. 25 We’ll ask the Lord to save us! We’ll sincerely ask the Lord to let us win.
26 God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! We praise you from here in the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is our God, and he has given us light! Start the celebration! March with palm branches all the way to the altar.[a]
28 The Lord is my God! I will praise him and tell him how thankful I am.
29 Tell the Lord how thankful you are, because he is kind and always merciful.
118.27Start. . . altar: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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