New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition
The Greatness and the Goodness of God
Praise. Of David.
1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.(A)
3 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.(B)
4 One generation shall extol your works to another
and shall declare your mighty acts.(C)
5 They will recount the glorious[a] splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works I will meditate.(D)
6 They will proclaim the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.(E)
7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.(F)
10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your faithful shall bless you.(I)
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to all people your[b] mighty deeds
and the glorious splendor of your[c] kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words
and gracious in all his deeds.[d](J)
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.(K)
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.(L)
16 You open your hand,
satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways
and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.(M)
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.(N)
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.(O)
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.
Praise for God’s Help
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God,(T)
6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps faith forever;(U)
7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;(V)
8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.(W)
9 The Lord watches over the strangers;
he upholds the orphan and the widow,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.(X)
10 The Lord will reign forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!(Y)
Praise for God’s Care for Jerusalem
1 Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.(Z)
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.(AA)
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.(AB)
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.(AC)
5 Great is our Lord and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.(AD)
6 The Lord lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.(AE)
9 He gives to the animals their food
and to the young ravens when they cry.(AF)
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner,[e](AG)
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
12 Extol the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
14 He grants peace[f] within your borders;
he fills you with the finest of wheat.(AH)
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.(AI)
16 He gives snow like wool;
he scatters frost like ashes.(AJ)
17 He hurls down hail like crumbs—
who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word and melts them;
he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.(AK)
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
his statutes and ordinances to Israel.(AL)
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
they do not know his ordinances.
Praise the Lord!(AM)