107 Shout praises to the Lord! He is good to us, and his love never fails. 2 Everyone the Lord has rescued from trouble should praise him, 3 everyone he has brought from the east and the west, the north and the south.[a]
4 Some of you were lost in the scorching desert, far from a town. 5 You were hungry and thirsty and about to give up. 6 You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you. 7 Right away he brought you to a town. 8 You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. 9 To everyone who is thirsty, he gives something to drink; to everyone who is hungry, he gives good things to eat.
10 Some of you were prisoners suffering in deepest darkness and bound by chains, 11 because you had rebelled against God Most High and refused his advice. 12 You were worn out from working like slaves, and no one came to help. 13 You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you. 14 He brought you out of the deepest darkness and broke your chains.
15 You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. 16 He breaks down bronze gates and shatters iron locks.
17 Some of you had foolishly committed a lot of sins and were in terrible pain. 18 The very thought of food was disgusting to you, and you were almost dead. 19 You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you. 20 By the power of his own word, he healed you and saved you from destruction.
21 You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. 22 You should celebrate by offering sacrifices and singing joyful songs to tell what he has done.
23 Some of you made a living by sailing the mighty sea, 24 and you saw the miracles the Lord performed there. 25 At his command a storm arose, and waves covered the sea. 26 You were tossed to the sky and to the ocean depths, until things looked so bad that you lost your courage. 27 You staggered like drunkards and gave up all hope. 28 You were in serious trouble, but you prayed to the Lord, and he rescued you. 29 He made the storm stop and the sea be quiet. 30 You were happy because of this, and he brought you to the port where you wanted to go.
31 You should praise the Lord for his love and for the wonderful things he does for all of us. 32 Honor the Lord when you and your leaders meet to worship.
33 If you start doing wrong, the Lord will turn rivers into deserts, 34 flowing streams into scorched land, and fruitful fields into beds of salt.
35 But the Lord can also turn deserts into lakes and scorched land into flowing streams. 36 If you are hungry, you can settle there and build a town. 37 You can plant fields and vineyards that produce a good harvest. 38 The Lord will bless you with many children and with herds of cattle.
39 Sometimes you may be crushed by troubles and sorrows, until only a few of you are left to survive. 40 But the Lord will take revenge on those who conquer you, and he will make them wander across desert sands. 41 When you are suffering and in need, he will come to your rescue, and your families will grow as fast as a herd of sheep. 42 You will see this because you obey the Lord, but everyone who is wicked will be silenced.
43 Be wise! Remember this and think about the kindness of the Lord.
(A song and a psalm by David.)
With God on Our Side
108 Our God, I am faithful to you with all my heart, and you can trust me. I will sing and play music for you with all that I am. 2 I will start playing my harps before the sun rises. 3 I will praise you, Lord, for everyone to hear; I will sing hymns to you in every nation. 4 Your love reaches higher than the heavens, and your loyalty extends beyond the clouds.
5 Our God, may you be honored above the heavens; may your glory be seen everywhere on earth. 6 Answer my prayers and use your powerful arm to give us victory. Then the people you love will be safe.
7 Our God, from your holy place you made this promise: “I will gladly divide up the city of Shechem and give away Succoth Valley piece by piece. 8 The lands of Gilead and Manasseh are mine. Ephraim is my war helmet, and Judah is my symbol of royal power. 9 Moab is merely my washbasin, and Edom belongs to me. I shout with victory over the Philistines.”
10 Our God, who will bring me to the fortress or lead me to Edom? 11 Have you rejected us? You don’t lead our armies. 12 Help us defeat our enemies! No one else can rescue us. 13 You are the one who gives us victory and crushes our enemies.
(A psalm by David for the music leader.)
A Prayer for the Lord’s Help
109 I praise you, God! Don’t keep silent. 2 Destructive and deceitful lies are told about me, 3 and hateful things are said for no reason. 4 I had pity and prayed[b] for my enemies, but their words to me were harsh and cruel. 5 For being friendly and kind, they paid me back with meanness and hatred.
6 My enemies said, “Find some worthless fools to accuse him of a crime. 7 Try him and find him guilty! Consider his prayers a lie. 8 Cut his life short and let someone else have his job. 9 Make orphans of his children and a widow of his wife; 10 make his children beg for food and live in the slums.
11 “Let the people he owes take everything he owns. Give it all to strangers. 12 Don’t let anyone be kind to him or have pity on the children he leaves behind. 13 Bring an end to his family, and from now on let him be a forgotten man.
14 “Don’t let the Lord forgive the sins of his parents and his ancestors. 15 Don’t let the Lord forget the sins of his family, or let anyone remember his family ever lived. 16 He was so cruel to the poor, homeless, and discouraged that they died young.
17 “He cursed others. Now place a curse on him! He never wished others well. Wish only trouble for him! 18 He cursed others more often than he dressed himself. Let his curses strike him deep, just as water and olive oil soak through to our bones. 19 Let his curses surround him, just like the clothes he wears each day.”
20 Those are the cruel things my enemies wish for me. Let it all happen to them! 21 Be true to your name, Lord God! Show your great kindness and rescue me.
22 I am poor and helpless, and I have lost all hope. 23 I am fading away like an evening shadow; I am tossed aside like a crawling insect. 24 I have gone without eating,[c] until my knees are weak, and my body is bony. 25 When my enemies see me, they say cruel things and shake their heads.
26 Please help me, Lord God! Come and save me because of your love. 27 Let others know that you alone have saved me. 28 I don’t care if they curse me, as long as you bless me. You will make my enemies fail when they attack, and you will make me glad to be your servant. 29 You will cover them with shame, just as their bodies are covered with clothes.
30 I will sing your praises and thank you, Lord, when your people meet. 31 You help everyone in need, and you defend them when they are on trial.
107.3south: The Hebrew text has “sea,” probably referring to the Mediterranean Sea.
109.4and prayed: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
4 Think of us as servants of Christ who have been given the work of explaining God’s mysterious ways. 2 And since our first duty is to be faithful to the one we work for, 3 it doesn’t matter to me if I am judged by you or even by a court of law. In fact, I don’t judge myself. 4 I don’t know of anything against me, but that doesn’t prove that I am right. The Lord is my judge. 5 So don’t judge anyone until the Lord returns. He will show what is hidden in the dark and what is in everyone’s heart. Then God will be the one who praises each of us.
6 Friends, I have used Apollos and myself as examples to teach you the meaning of the saying, “Follow the rules.” I want you to stop saying that one of us is better than the other. 7 What is so special about you? What do you have that you were not given? And if it was given to you, how can you brag? 8 Are you already satisfied? Are you now rich? Have you become kings while we are still nobodies? I wish you were kings. Then we could have a share in your kingdom.
9 It seems to me that God has put us apostles in the worst possible place. We are like prisoners on their way to death. Angels and the people of this world just laugh at us. 10 Because of Christ we are thought of as fools, but Christ has made you wise. We are weak and hated, but you are powerful and respected. 11 Even today we go hungry and thirsty and don’t have anything to wear except rags. We are mistreated and don’t have a place to live. 12 We work hard with our own hands, and when people abuse us, we wish them well. When we suffer, we are patient. 13 When someone curses us, we answer with kind words. Until now we are thought of as nothing more than the trash and garbage of this world.
14 I am not writing to embarrass you. I want to help you, just as parents help their own dear children. 15 Ten thousand people may teach you about Christ, but I am your only father. You became my children when I told you about Christ Jesus, 16 and I want you to be like me. 17 That’s why I sent Timothy to you. I love him like a son, and he is a faithful servant of the Lord. Timothy will tell you what I do to follow Christ and how it agrees with what I always teach about Christ in every church.
18 Some of you think I am not coming for a visit, and so you are bragging. 19 But if the Lord lets me come, I will soon be there. Then I will find out if the ones who are doing all this bragging really have any power. 20 God’s kingdom isn’t just a lot of words. It is power. 21 What do you want me to do when I arrive? Do you want me to be hard on you or to be kind and gentle?
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the Believer's Bible Commentary and the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (NIV and NRSV) - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.