1 The celestial realms announce God’s glory; the skies testify of His hands’ great work. 2 Each day pours out more of their sayings; each night, more to hear and more to learn. 3 Inaudible words are their manner of speech, and silence, their means to convey. 4 Yet from here to the ends of the earth, their voices[a] have gone out; the whole world can hear what they say.[b]
God stretched out in these heavens a tent for the sun, 5 And the sun is like a groom who, after leaving his room, arrives at the wedding in splendor; He is the strong runner who, favored to win in his race, is eager to face his challenge. 6 He rises at one end of the skies and runs in an arc overhead; nothing can hide from his heat, from the swelter of his daily tread.
7 The Eternal’s law is perfect, turning lives around. His words are reliable and true, instilling wisdom to open minds. 8 The Eternal’s directions are correct, giving satisfaction to the heart. God’s commandments are clear, lending clarity to the eyes. 9 The awe of the Eternal is clean, sustaining for all of eternity. The Eternal’s decisions are sound; they are right through and through. 10 They are worth more than gold— even more than abundant, pure gold. They are sweeter to the tongue than honey or the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 In addition to all that has been said, Your servant will find, hidden in Your commandments, both a strong warning and a great reward for keeping them. 12 Who could possibly know all that he has done wrong? Forgive my hidden and unknown faults. 13 As I am Your servant, protect me from my bent toward pride, and keep sin from ruling my life. If You do this, I will be without blame, innocent of the great breach.
14 May the words that come out of my mouth and the musings of my heart meet with Your gracious approval, O Eternal, my Rock, O Eternal, my Redeemer.
1 May the Eternal’s answer find you, come to rescue you, when you desperately cling to the end of your rope. May the name of the True God of Jacob be your shelter. 2 May He extend hope and help to you from His holy sanctuary and support you from His sacred city of Zion. 3 May He remember all that you have offered Him; may your burnt sacrifices serve as a prelude to His mercy.
4 May He grant the dreams of your heart and see your plans through to the end. 5 When you win, we will not be silent! We will shout and raise high our banners in the great name of our God! May the Eternal say yes to all your requests.
6 I don’t fear; I’m confident that help will come to the one anointed by the Eternal: heaven will respond to his plea; His mighty right hand will win the battle. 7 Many put their hope in chariots, others in horses, but we place our trust in the name of the Eternal One, our True God. 8 Soon our enemies will collapse and fall, never to return home; all the while, we will rise and stand firm.
9 Eternal One, grant victory to our king! Answer our plea for help.
20:3Literally, selah, likely a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up”
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