Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer.
To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm.
66 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; 2 Sing of the honor and glory and magnificence of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome and fearfully glorious are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will pretend to be obedient to You. 4 “All the earth will [bow down to] worship You [in submissive wonder], And will sing praises to You; They will praise Your name in song.” Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God, He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land; They crossed through the river on foot; There we rejoiced in Him. 7 Who rules by His might forever, His eyes keep watch on the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8 Bless our God, O peoples, And make the sound of His praise be heard abroad, 9 Who keeps us among the living, And does not allow our feet to slip or stumble. 10 For You have tested us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. 11 You brought us into the net; You laid a heavy burden [of servitude] on [a]us. 12 You made men (charioteers) [b]ride over our heads [in defeat]; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a [broad] place of abundance [to be refreshed]. 13 I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows, 14 Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke as a promise when I was in distress. 15 I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat lambs, With the [sweet] smoke of rams; I will offer bulls with male goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all who fear God [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], And I will tell what He has done for me. 17 I cried aloud to Him; He was highly praised with my tongue. 18 If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me]; 19 But certainly God has heard [me]; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.
The Nations Exhorted to Praise God.
To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
67 God be gracious and kind-hearted to us and bless us, And make His face shine [with favor] on us— Selah. 2 That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation and deliverance among all nations. 3 Let the [c]peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, For You will judge the people fairly And guide the nations on earth. Selah. 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its harvest [as evidence of His approval]; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him [with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder].
The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
68 Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered; Let those who hate Him flee before Him. 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked and guilty perish before [the presence of] God. 3 But let the righteous be glad; let them be in good spirits before God, Yes, let them rejoice with delight. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the desert— His name is the Lord—be in good spirits before Him.
5 A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6 God makes a home for the lonely; He leads the prisoners into prosperity, Only the stubborn and rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7 O God, when You went out before Your people, When You marched through the wilderness, Selah. 8 The earth trembled; The heavens also poured down rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself trembled at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 You, O God, sent abroad plentiful rain; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched and weary. 10 Your flock found a dwelling place in it; O God, in Your goodness You provided for the poor.
11 The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan]; The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army); 12 “The kings of the [enemies’] armies flee, they flee, And the beautiful woman who remains at home divides the spoil [left behind].” 13 When you lie down [to rest] among the [d]sheepfolds, You [Israel] are like the wings of a dove [of victory] overlaid with silver, Its feathers glistening with gold [trophies taken from the enemy]. 14 When the Almighty scattered [the Canaanite] kings in the land of Canaan, It was snowing on [e]Zalmon.
15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; A [high] mountain of many summits is Mount Bashan [rising east of the Jordan]. 16 Why do you look with envy, mountains with many peaks, At the mountain [of the city of Zion] which God has desired for His dwelling place? Yes, the Lord will dwell there forever. 17 The chariots of God are [f]myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as He was at Sinai, in holiness. 18 You have ascended on high, You have led away captive Your captives; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious also, that the Lord God may dwell there.
19 Blessed be the Lord, who bears our burden day by day, The God who is our salvation! Selah. 20 God is to us a God of acts of salvation; And to [g]God the Lord belong escapes from death [setting us free]. 21 Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of one who goes on in his guilty ways. 22 The Lord said, “I will bring your enemies back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the [Red] Sea, 23 That your foot may crush them in blood, That the tongue of your dogs may have its share from your enemies.”
24 They have seen Your [solemn] [h]procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary [in holiness]. 25 The singers go in front, the players of instruments last; Between them the maidens playing on tambourines. 26 Bless God in the congregations, [give thanks, gratefully praise Him], The Lord, you who are from [Jacob] the fountain of Israel. 27 The youngest is there, Benjamin, ruling them, The princes of Judah and their company [the southern tribes], The princes of Zebulun and the princes of Naphtali [the northern tribes].
28 Your God has commanded your strength [your power in His service and your resistance to temptation]; Show Yourself strong, O God, who acted on our behalf. 29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem [Pagan] kings will bring gifts to You [out of respect]. 30 Rebuke the beasts [living] among the reeds [in Egypt], The herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; Trampling underfoot the pieces of silver; He has scattered the peoples who delight in war. 31 Princes and envoys shall come from Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands [with the offerings of submission] to God.
32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord! Selah. 33 To Him who rides in the highest heavens, the ancient heavens, Behold, He sends out His voice, a mighty and majestic voice. 34 Ascribe strength to God; His majesty is over Israel And His strength is in the skies. 35 O God, You are awesome and profoundly majestic from Your sanctuary; The God of Israel gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!
A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Lilies.” A Psalm of David.
69 Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life [they have come up to my neck]. 2 I have sunk in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, where a flood overwhelms me. 3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait [with confident expectation] for my God. 4 Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being my enemies wrongfully; I am forced to restore what I did not steal.
5 O God, You know my folly; My wrongs are not hidden from You. 6 Do not let those who wait [confidently] for You be [i]ashamed through me, O Lord [j]God of hosts; Do not let those who seek You [as necessary for life itself] be dishonored through me, O God of Israel, 7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Confusion and dishonor have covered my face. 8 I have become estranged from my brothers And an alien to my mother’s sons. 9 For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the [mocking] insults of those who insult You have fallen on me. 10 When I wept and humbled myself with fasting, It became my reproach. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing [as one in mourning], I became a byword [a mere object of scorn] to them. 12 They who sit in the [city’s] gate talk about me and mock me, And I am the song of the drunkards.
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord, at an acceptable and opportune time; O God, in the greatness of Your favor and in the abundance of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with truth [that is, the faithfulness of Your salvation]. 14 Rescue me from the mire and do not let me sink; Let me be rescued from those who hate me and from the deep waters. 15 Do not let the floodwater overwhelm me, Nor the deep waters swallow me up, Nor the pit [of Sheol] shut its mouth over me.
16 Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is sweet and good and comforting; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me. 17 Do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly. 18 Draw near to my soul and redeem it; Ransom me because of my enemies [so that they do not delight in my distress]. 19 You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor [how I am insulted]; My adversaries are all before You [each one fully known].
20 Reproach and insults have broken my heart and I am so sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none, And for comforters, but I found none. 21 They (self-righteous hypocrites) also gave me gall [poisonous and bitter] for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 May their table [with all its abundance and luxury] become a snare [to them]; And when they are in peace [secure at their sacrificial feasts], may it become a trap. 23 May their eyes be dimmed so that they cannot see, And make their loins shake continually [in terror and weakness]. 24 Pour out Your indignation on them, And let [the fierceness of] Your burning anger overtake them. 25 May their encampment be desolate; May no one dwell in their tents. 26 For they have persecuted him whom You have struck, And they tell of the pain of those whom You have pierced and wounded. 27 Add [unforgiven] iniquity to their iniquity [in Your book], And may they not come into Your [k]righteousness. 28 May they be blotted out of the book of life [and their lives come to an end] And may they not be recorded with the righteous (those in right standing with God).
29 But I am sorrowful and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me [securely] on high. 30 I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving. 31 And it will please the Lord better than an ox Or a young bull with horns and hoofs. 32 The humble have seen it and are glad; You who seek God [requiring Him as your greatest need], let your heart revive and live. 33 For the Lord hears the needy And does not despise His who are prisoners.
34 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah, That His servants may remain there and possess it. 36 The descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name will dwell in it.
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