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.
The Lord Deserves To Be Praised
115 We don’t deserve praise! The Lord alone deserves all of the praise, because of his love and faithfulness. 2 Why should the nations ask, “Where is your God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens, doing as he chooses. 4 The idols of the nations are made of silver and gold. 5 They have a mouth and eyes, but they can’t speak or see. 6 Their ears can’t hear, and their noses can’t smell. 7 Their hands have no feeling, their legs don’t move, and they can’t make a sound. 8 Everyone who made the idols and all who trust them are just as helpless as those useless gods.
9 People of Israel, you must trust the Lord to help and protect you. 10 Family of Aaron the priest, you must trust the Lord to help and protect you. 11 All of you worship the Lord, so you must trust him to help and protect you.
12 The Lord will not forget to give us his blessing; he will bless all of Israel and the family of Aaron. 13 All who worship the Lord, no matter who they are, will receive his blessing.
14 I pray that the Lord will let your family and your descendants always grow strong. 15 May the Lord who created the heavens and the earth give you his blessing.
16 The Lord has kept the heavens for himself, but he has given the earth to us humans. 17 The dead are silent and cannot praise the Lord, 18 but we will praise him now and forevermore. Shout praises to the Lord!
6 When one of you has a complaint against another, do you take your complaint to a court of sinners? Or do you take it to God’s people? 2 Don’t you know that God’s people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, can’t you settle small problems? 3 Don’t you know that we will judge angels? And if that is so, we can surely judge everyday matters. 4 Why do you take everyday complaints to judges who are not respected by the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Aren’t any of you wise enough to act as a judge between one follower and another? 6 Why should one of you take another to be tried by unbelievers?
7 When one of you takes another to court, all of you lose. It would be better to let yourselves be cheated and robbed. 8 But instead, you cheat and rob other followers.
9 Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual 10 will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. 11 Some of you used to be like that. But now the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of God’s Spirit have washed you and made you holy and acceptable to God.
Honor God with Your Body
12 Some of you say, “We can do anything we want to.” But I tell you that not everything is good for us. So I refuse to let anything have power over me. 13 You also say, “Food is meant for our bodies, and our bodies are meant for food.” But I tell you that God will destroy them both. We are not supposed to do indecent things with our bodies. We are to use them for the Lord who is in charge of our bodies. 14 God will raise us from death by the same power that he used when he raised our Lord to life.
15 Don’t you know that your bodies are part of the body of Christ? Is it right for me to join part of the body of Christ to a prostitute? No, it isn’t! 16 Don’t you know that a man who does that becomes part of her body? The Scriptures say, “The two of them will be like one person.” 17 But anyone who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit with him.
18 Don’t be immoral in matters of sex. That is a sin against your own body in a way that no other sin is. 19 You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God. You are no longer your own. 20 God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God.
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