146 Shout praises to the Lord! With all that I am, I will shout his praises. 2 I will sing and praise the Lord God for as long as I live.
3 You can’t depend on anyone, not even a great leader. 4 Once they die and are buried, that will be the end of all their plans.
5 The Lord God of Jacob blesses everyone who trusts him and depends on him. 6 God made heaven and earth; he created the sea and everything else. God always keeps his word. 7 He gives justice to the poor and food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free 8 and heals blind eyes. He gives a helping hand to everyone who falls. The Lord loves good people 9 and looks after strangers. He defends the rights of orphans and widows, but destroys the wicked.
10 The Lord God of Zion will rule forever! Shout praises to the Lord!
Sing and Praise the Lord
147 Shout praises to the Lord! Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him. 2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem and brings the people of Israel back home again. 3 He renews our hopes and heals our bodies. 4 He decided how many stars there would be in the sky and gave each one a name. 5 Our Lord is great and powerful! He understands everything. 6 The Lord helps the poor, but he smears the wicked in the dirt.
7 Celebrate and sing! Play your harps for the Lord our God. 8 He fills the sky with clouds and sends rain to the earth, so that the hills will be green with grass. 9 He provides food for cattle and for the young ravens, when they cry out. 10 The Lord doesn’t care about the strength of horses or powerful armies. 11 The Lord is pleased only with those who worship him and trust his love.
12 Everyone in Jerusalem, come and praise the Lord your God! 13 He makes your city gates strong and blesses your people by giving them children. 14 God lets you live in peace, and he gives you the very best wheat.
15 As soon as God speaks, the earth obeys. 16 He covers the ground with snow like a blanket of wool, and he scatters frost like ashes on the ground. 17 God sends down hailstones like chips of rocks. Who can stand the cold? 18 At his command the ice melts, the wind blows, and streams begin to flow.
19 God gave his laws and teachings to the descendants of Jacob, the nation of Israel. 20 But he has not given his laws to any other nation. Shout praises to the Lord!
Come Praise the Lord
148 Shout praises to the Lord! Shout the Lord’s praises in the highest heavens. 2 All of you angels, and all who serve him above, come and offer praise.
3 Sun and moon, and all of you bright stars, come and offer praise. 4 Highest heavens, and the water above the highest heavens,[a] come and offer praise.
5 Let all things praise the name of the Lord, because they were created at his command. 6 He made them to last forever, and nothing can change what he has done.[b]
7 All creatures on earth, you obey his commands, so come praise the Lord!
8 Sea monsters and the deep sea, fire and hail, snow and frost, and every stormy wind, come praise the Lord!
9 All mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedars, 10 every wild and tame animal, all reptiles and birds, come praise the Lord!
11 Every king and every ruler, all nations on earth, 12 every man and every woman, young people and old, come praise the Lord!
13 All creation, come praise the name of the Lord. Praise his name alone. The glory of God is greater than heaven and earth.
14 Like a bull with mighty horns, the Lord protects his faithful nation Israel, because they belong to him. Shout praises to the Lord!
A New Song of Praise
149 Shout praises to the Lord! Sing him a new song of praise when his loyal people meet. 2 People of Israel, rejoice because of your Creator. People of Zion, celebrate because of your King. 3 Praise his name by dancing and playing music on harps and tambourines. 4 The Lord is pleased with his people, and he gives victory to those who are humble. 5 All of you faithful people, praise our glorious Lord! Celebrate and worship. 6 Praise God with songs on your lips and a sword in your hand. 7 Take revenge and punish the nations. 8 Put chains of iron on their kings and rulers. 9 Punish them as they deserve; this is the privilege of God’s faithful people. Shout praises to the Lord!
The Lord Is Good to His People
150 Shout praises to the Lord! Praise God in his temple. Praise him in heaven, his mighty fortress. 2 Praise our God! His deeds are wonderful, too marvelous to describe.
3 Praise God with trumpets and all kinds of harps. 4 Praise him with tambourines and dancing, with stringed instruments and woodwinds. 5 Praise God with cymbals, with clashing cymbals. 6 Let every living creature praise the Lord. Shout praises to the Lord!
148.4the water. . . heavens: It was believed that the earth and the heavens were surrounded by water.
148.6nothing. . . done: Or “his laws will never change.”
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