133 It is truly wonderful when relatives live together in peace. 2 It is as beautiful as olive oil poured on Aaron’s head[a] and running down his beard and the collar of his robe. 3 It is like the dew from Mount Hermon, falling on Zion’s mountains, where the Lord has promised to bless his people with life forevermore.
(A song for worship.)
Praising the Lord at Night
134 Everyone who serves the Lord, come and offer praises. Everyone who has gathered in his temple tonight, 2 lift your hands in prayer toward his holy place and praise the Lord.
3 The Lord is the Creator of heaven and earth, and I pray that the Lord will bless you from Zion.
In Praise of the Lord’s Kindness
135 Shout praises to the Lord! You are his servants, so praise his name. 2 All who serve in the temple of the Lord our God, 3 come and shout praises. Praise the name of the Lord! He is kind and good. 4 He chose the family of Jacob and the people of Israel for his very own.
5 The Lord is much greater than any other god. 6 He does as he chooses in heaven and on earth and deep in the sea. 7 The Lord makes the clouds rise from far across the earth, and he makes lightning to go with the rain. Then from his secret place he sends out the wind.
8 The Lord killed the first-born of people and animals in the land of Egypt. 9 God used miracles and wonders to fight the king of Egypt and all of his officials. 10 He destroyed many nations and killed powerful kings, 11 including King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan. He conquered every kingdom in the land of Canaan 12 and gave their property to his people Israel.
13 The name of the Lord will be remembered forever, and he will be famous for all time to come. 14 The Lord will bring justice and show mercy to all who serve him.
15 Idols of silver and gold are made and worshiped in other nations. 16 They have a mouth and eyes, but they can’t speak or see. 17 They are completely deaf, and they can’t breathe. 18 Everyone who makes idols and all who trust them will end up as helpless as their idols.
19 Everyone in Israel, come praise the Lord! All the family of Aaron 20 and all the tribe of Levi,[b] come praise the Lord! All of his worshipers, come praise the Lord. 21 Praise the Lord from Zion! He lives here in Jerusalem. Shout praises to the Lord!
God’s Love Never Fails
136 Praise the Lord! He is good. God’s love never fails. 2 Praise the God of all gods. God’s love never fails. 3 Praise the Lord of lords. God’s love never fails.
4 Only God works great miracles.[c] God’s love never fails. 5 With wisdom he made the sky. God’s love never fails. 6 The Lord stretched the earth over the ocean. God’s love never fails. 7 He made the bright lights in the sky. God’s love never fails. 8 He lets the sun rule each day. God’s love never fails. 9 He lets the moon and the stars rule each night. God’s love never fails.
10 God struck down the first-born in every Egyptian family. God’s love never fails. 11 He rescued Israel from Egypt. God’s love never fails. 12 God used his great strength and his powerful arm. God’s love never fails. 13 He split the Red Sea[d] apart. God’s love never fails.
14 The Lord brought Israel safely through the sea. God’s love never fails. 15 He destroyed the Egyptian king and his army there. God’s love never fails. 16 The Lord led his people through the desert. God’s love never fails.
17 Our God defeated mighty kings. God’s love never fails. 18 And he killed famous kings. God’s love never fails. 19 One of them was Sihon, king of the Amorites. God’s love never fails. 20 Another was King Og of Bashan. God’s love never fails. 21 God took away their land. God’s love never fails. 22 He gave their land to Israel, the people who serve him. God’s love never fails.
23 God saw the trouble we were in. God’s love never fails. 24 He rescued us from our enemies. God’s love never fails. 25 He gives food to all who live. God’s love never fails.
26 Praise God in heaven! God’s love never fails.
A Prayer for Revenge
137 Beside the rivers of Babylon we thought about Jerusalem, and we sat down and cried. 2 We hung our small harps on the willow[e] trees. 3 Our enemies had brought us here as their prisoners, and now they wanted us to sing and entertain them. They insulted us and shouted, “Sing about Zion!”
4 Here in a foreign land, how can we sing about the Lord? 5 Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand go limp. 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I don’t think about you above all else.
7 Our Lord, punish the Edomites! Because the day Jerusalem fell, they shouted, “Completely destroy the city! Tear down every building!”
8 Babylon, you are doomed! I pray the Lord’s blessings on anyone who punishes you for what you did to us. 9 May the Lord bless everyone who beats your children against the rocks!
Praise the Lord with All Your Heart
138 With all my heart I praise you, Lord. In the presence of angels[f] I sing your praises. 2 I worship at your holy temple and praise you for your love and your faithfulness. You were true to your word and made yourself more famous than ever before.[g] 3 When I asked for your help, you answered my prayer and gave me courage.[h]
4 All kings on this earth have heard your promises, Lord, and they will praise you. 5 You are so famous that they will sing about the things you have done. 6 Though you are above us all, you care for humble people, and you keep a close watch on everyone who is proud.
7 I am surrounded by trouble, but you protect me against my angry enemies. With your own powerful arm you keep me safe.
8 You, Lord, will always treat me with kindness. Your love never fails. You have made us what we are. Don’t give up on us now![i]
(A psalm by David for the music leader.)
The Lord Is Always Near
139 You have looked deep into my heart, Lord, and you know all about me. 2 You know when I am resting or when I am working, and from heaven you discover my thoughts.
3 You notice everything I do and everywhere I go. 4 Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say, 5 and with your powerful arm you protect me from every side. 6 I can’t understand all of this! Such wonderful knowledge is far above me.
7 Where could I go to escape from your Spirit or from your sight? 8 If I were to climb up to the highest heavens, you would be there. If I were to dig down to the world of the dead you would also be there.
9 Suppose I had wings like the dawning day and flew across the ocean. 10 Even then your powerful arm would guide and protect me. 11 Or suppose I said, “I’ll hide in the dark until night comes to cover me over.” 12 But you see in the dark because daylight and dark are all the same to you.
13 You are the one who put me together inside my mother’s body, 14 and I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.
15 Nothing about me is hidden from you! I was secretly woven together deep in the earth below, 16 but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.
17 Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding, much more than I could ever imagine. 18 I try to count your thoughts, but they outnumber the grains of sand on the beach. And when I awake, I will find you nearby.
19 How I wish that you would kill all cruel and heartless people and protect me from them! 20 They are always rebelling and speaking evil of you.[j] 21 You know I hate anyone who hates you, Lord, and refuses to obey. 22 They are my enemies too, and I truly hate them.
23 Look deep into my heart, God, and find out everything I am thinking. 24 Don’t let me follow evil ways, but lead me in the way that time has proven true.
133.2head: Olive oil was poured on Aaron’s head to show that God had chosen him to be the high priest.
135.19,20Aaron. . . Levi: Aaron was from the tribe of Levi, and all priests were from his family. The temple helpers, singers, and musicians were also from the tribe of Levi.
136.4great miracles: One Hebrew manuscript and one ancient translation have “miracles.”
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