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(A song for worship.)

Living Together in Peace

133 It is truly wonderful
    when relatives live together
    in peace.
It is as beautiful as olive oil
    poured on Aaron’s head[a]
    and running down his beard
    and the collar of his robe.
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,
lift your hands in prayer
toward his holy place
    and praise the Lord.

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.
All who serve in the temple
of the Lord our God,
    come and shout praises.
Praise the name of the Lord!
    He is kind and good.
He chose the family of Jacob
and the people of Israel
    for his very own.

The Lord is much greater
    than any other god.
He does as he chooses
in heaven and on earth
    and deep in the sea.
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.

The Lord killed the first-born
    of people and animals
    in the land of Egypt.
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.
Praise the God of all gods.
    God’s love never fails.
Praise the Lord of lords.
    God’s love never fails.

Only God works great miracles.[c]
    God’s love never fails.
With wisdom he made the sky.
    God’s love never fails.
The Lord stretched the earth
over the ocean.
    God’s love never fails.
He made the bright lights
in the sky.
    God’s love never fails.
He lets the sun rule each day.
    God’s love never fails.
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.
We hung our small harps
    on the willow[e] trees.
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!”

Here in a foreign land,
    how can we sing
    about the Lord?
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
    let my right hand go limp.
Let my tongue stick
    to the roof of my mouth,
    if I don’t think about you
    above all else.

Our Lord, punish the Edomites!
Because the day Jerusalem fell,
    they shouted,
    “Completely destroy the city!
    Tear down every building!”

Babylon, you are doomed!
    I pray the Lord’s blessings
    on anyone who punishes you
    for what you did to us.
May the Lord bless everyone
    who beats your children
    against the rocks!

(By David.)

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.
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]
When I asked for your help,
    you answered my prayer
    and gave me courage.[h]

All kings on this earth
have heard your promises, Lord,
    and they will praise you.
You are so famous
that they will sing
    about the things you have done.
Though you are above us all,
    you care for humble people,
and you keep a close watch
    on everyone who is proud.

I am surrounded by trouble,
    but you protect me
    against my angry enemies.
With your own powerful arm
    you keep me safe.

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.
You know when I am resting
    or when I am working,
    and from heaven
    you discover my thoughts.

You notice everything I do
    and everywhere I go.
Before I even speak a word,
    you know what I will say,
and with your powerful arm
    you protect me
    from every side.
I can’t understand all of this!
    Such wonderful knowledge
    is far above me.

Where could I go to escape
    from your Spirit
    or from your sight?
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.

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.

Footnotes

  1. 133.2 head: Olive oil was poured on Aaron’s head to show that God had chosen him to be the high priest.
  2. 135.19,20 Aaron. . . 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.
  3. 136.4 great miracles: One Hebrew manuscript and one ancient translation have “miracles.”
  4. 136.13 Red Sea: See the note at 106.7.
  5. 137.2 willow: Or “poplar.”
  6. 138.1 angels: Or “gods” or “supernatural beings” who worship and serve God in heaven or “rulers” or “leaders.”
  7. 138.2 You were. . . before: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  8. 138.3 and gave me courage: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  9. 138.8 You have. . . now: Or “Please don’t desert your people.”
  10. 139.20 you: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 20.

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