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[a] 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,[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.”
2 The Lord will let your power reach out from Zion, and you will rule over your enemies. 3 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] 4 The Lord has made a promise that will never be broken: “You will be a priest forever, just like Melchizedek.”
5 My Lord is at your right side, and when he gets angry he will crush the other kings. 6 He will judge the nations and crack their skulls, leaving piles of dead bodies all over the earth. 7 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. 2 The Lord has done many wonderful things! Everyone who is pleased with God’s marvelous deeds will keep them in mind. 3 Everything the Lord does is glorious and majestic, and his power to bring justice will never end.
4 The Lord God is famous for his wonderful deeds, and he is kind and merciful. 5 He gives food to his worshipers and always keeps his agreement with them. 6 He has shown his mighty power to his people and has given them the lands of other nations.
7 God is always honest and fair, and his laws can be trusted. 8 They are true and right and will stand forever. 9 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. 2 Their descendants will have great power in the land, because the Lord blesses all who do right. 3 They will get rich and prosper and will always be remembered for their fairness. 4 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.
5 Life will go well for those who freely lend and are honest in business. 6 They won’t ever be troubled, and the kind things they do will never be forgotten. 7 Bad news won’t bother them; they have decided to trust the Lord. 8 They are dependable and not afraid, and they will live to see their enemies defeated. 9 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.
2 Let the name of the Lord be praised now and forever. 3 From dawn until sunset the name of the Lord deserves to be praised. 4 The Lord is far above all of the nations; he is more glorious than the heavens.
5 No one can compare with the Lord our God. His throne is high above, 6 and he looks down to see the heavens and the earth. 7 God lifts the poor and needy from dust and ashes, 8 and he lets them take part in ruling his people. 9 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. 2 He made Judah his holy place and ruled over Israel.
3 When the sea looked at God, it ran away, and the Jordan River flowed upstream. 4 The mountains and the hills skipped around like goats.
5 Ask the sea why it ran away or ask the Jordan why it flowed upstream. 6 Ask the mountains and the hills why they skipped like goats!
7 Earth, you will tremble, when the Lord God of Jacob comes near, 8 because he turns solid rock into flowing streams and pools of water.
109.4and prayed: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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