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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.
Why should the nations ask,
    “Where is your God?”

Our God is in the heavens,
    doing as he chooses.
    The idols of the nations
    are made of silver and gold.
They have a mouth and eyes,
    but they can’t speak or see.
Their ears can’t hear,
    and their noses can’t smell.
Their hands have no feeling,
their legs don’t move,
    and they can’t make a sound.
Everyone who made the idols
    and all who trust them
    are just as helpless
    as those useless gods.

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!