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(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.
    I will start playing my harps
    before the sun rises.
I will praise you, Lord,
    for everyone to hear;
    I will sing hymns to you
    in every nation.
Your love reaches higher
    than the heavens,
    and your loyalty extends
    beyond the clouds.

Our God, may you be honored
    above the heavens;
    may your glory be seen
    everywhere on earth.
Answer my prayers
and use your powerful arm
    to give us victory.
    Then the people you love
    will be safe.

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.
The lands of Gilead
    and Manasseh are mine.
Ephraim is my war helmet,
    and Judah is my symbol
    of royal power.
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.
Destructive and deceitful lies
    are told about me,
    and hateful things are said
    for no reason.
I had pity and prayed[a]
    for my enemies,
    but their words to me
    were harsh and cruel.
For being friendly and kind,
    they paid me back
    with meanness and hatred.

My enemies said,
“Find some worthless fools
    to accuse him of a crime.
    Try him and find him guilty!
    Consider his prayers a lie.
Cut his life short
and let someone else
    have his job.
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,[b]
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.

(A psalm by David.)

The Lord Gives Victory

110 The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit at my right side,[c]
    until I make your enemies
    into a footstool for you.”

The Lord will let your power
    reach out from Zion,
    and you will rule
    over your enemies.
Your glorious power
will be seen
    on the day
    you begin to rule.
You will wear the sacred robes
    and shine like the morning sun
    in all of your strength.[d]
The Lord has made a promise
    that will never be broken:
“You will be a priest forever,
    just like Melchizedek.”

My Lord is at your right side,
    and when he gets angry
he will crush
    the other kings.
He will judge the nations
    and crack their skulls,
    leaving piles of dead bodies
    all over the earth.
He will drink from any stream
that he chooses,
    while winning
    victory after victory.[e]

Praise the Lord for All He Has Done

111 Shout praises to the Lord!
    With all my heart
I will thank the Lord
    when his people meet.
The Lord has done
    many wonderful things!
Everyone who is pleased
with God’s marvelous deeds
    will keep them in mind.
Everything the Lord does
    is glorious and majestic,
    and his power to bring justice
    will never end.

The Lord God is famous
for his wonderful deeds,
    and he is kind and merciful.
He gives food to his worshipers
    and always keeps his agreement
    with them.
He has shown his mighty power
    to his people
    and has given them the lands
    of other nations.

God is always honest and fair,
    and his laws can be trusted.
    They are true and right
    and will stand forever.
God rescued his people,
    and he will never break
his agreement with them.
    He is fearsome and holy.

10 Respect and obey the Lord!
This is the first step
    to wisdom and good sense.[f]
    God will always be respected.

God Blesses His Worshipers

112 Shout praises to the Lord!
    The Lord blesses everyone
    who worships him and gladly
    obeys his teachings.
Their descendants will have
    great power in the land,
    because the Lord blesses
    all who do right.
They will get rich and prosper
    and will always be remembered
    for their fairness.
They will be so kind
    and merciful and good,
that they will be a light
in the dark
    for others
    who do the right thing.

Life will go well for those
who freely lend
    and are honest in business.
They won’t ever be troubled,
    and the kind things they do
    will never be forgotten.
Bad news won’t bother them;
    they have decided
    to trust the Lord.
They are dependable
    and not afraid,
    and they will live to see
    their enemies defeated.
They will always be remembered
    and greatly praised,
    because they were kind
    and freely gave to the poor.
10 When evil people see this,
    they angrily bite their tongues
    and disappear.
They will never get
    what they really want.

The Lord Helps People in Need

113 Shout praises to the Lord!
Everyone who serves him,
    come and praise his name.

Let the name of the Lord
    be praised now and forever.
From dawn until sunset
    the name of the Lord
    deserves to be praised.
The Lord is far above
    all of the nations;
    he is more glorious
    than the heavens.

No one can compare
    with the Lord our God.
His throne is high above,
    and he looks down to see
    the heavens and the earth.
God lifts the poor and needy
    from dust and ashes,
    and he lets them take part
    in ruling his people.
When a wife has no children,
    he blesses her with some,
and she is happy.
    Shout praises to the Lord!

The Lord Works Wonders

114 God brought his people
out of Egypt,
    that land
    with a strange language.
He made Judah his holy place
    and ruled over Israel.

When the sea looked at God,
    it ran away,
    and the Jordan River
    flowed upstream.
The mountains and the hills
    skipped around like goats.

Ask the sea why it ran away
    or ask the Jordan
    why it flowed upstream.
Ask the mountains and the hills
    why they skipped like goats!

Earth, you will tremble,
    when the Lord God of Jacob
    comes near,
because he turns solid rock
into flowing streams
    and pools of water.

Footnotes

  1. 109.4 and prayed: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  2. 109.24 without eating: See the note at 35.13.
  3. 110.1 right side: See the note at 16.11.
  4. 110.3 You will. . . strength: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  5. 110.7 while. . . victory: Or “God will give him victory after victory.”
  6. 111.10 This. . . sense: Or “This is what wisdom and good sense are all about.”