66 Tell everyone on this earth to shout praises to God! 2 Sing about his glorious name. Honor him with praises. 3 Say to God, “Everything you do is fearsome, and your mighty power makes your enemies come crawling. 4 You are worshiped by everyone! We all sing praises to you.”
5 Come and see the fearsome things our God has done! 6 When God made the sea dry up, our people walked across, and because of him, we celebrated there. 7 His mighty power rules forever, and nothing the nations do can be hidden from him. So don’t turn against God.
8 All of you people, come praise our God! Let his praises be heard. 9 God protects us from death and keeps us steady.
10 Our God, you tested us, just as silver is tested. 11 You trapped us in a net and gave us heavy burdens. 12 You sent war chariots to crush our skulls. We traveled through fire and through floods, but you brought us to a land of plenty.
13 I will bring sacrifices into your house, my God, and I will do what I promised 14 when I was in trouble. 15 I will sacrifice my best sheep and offer bulls and goats on your altar.
16 All who worship God, come here and listen; I will tell you everything God has done for me. 17 I prayed to the Lord, and I praised him. 18 If my thoughts had been sinful, he would have refused to hear me. 19 But God did listen and answered my prayer. 20 Let’s praise God! He listened when I prayed, and he is always kind.
(A psalm and a song for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.)
Tell the Nations To Praise God
67 Our God, be kind and bless us! Be pleased and smile. 2 Then everyone on earth will learn to follow you, and all nations will see your power to save us.
3 Make everyone praise you and shout your praises. 4 Let the nations celebrate with joyful songs, because you judge fairly and guide all nations. 5 Make everyone praise you and shout your praises.
6 Our God has blessed the earth with a wonderful harvest! 7 Pray for his blessings to continue and for everyone on earth to worship our God.
7 My friends, you surely understand enough about law to know that laws only have power over people who are alive. 2 For example, the Law says that a man’s wife must remain his wife as long as he lives. But once her husband is dead, she is free 3 to marry someone else. However, if she goes off with another man while her husband is still alive, she is said to be unfaithful.
4 That is how it is with you, my friends. You are now part of the body of Christ and are dead to the power of the Law. You are free to belong to Christ, who was raised to life so that we could serve God. 5 When we thought only of ourselves, the Law made us have sinful desires. It made every part of our bodies into slaves who are doomed to die. 6 But the Law no longer rules over us. We are like dead people, and it cannot have any power over us. Now we can serve God in a new way by obeying his Spirit, and not in the old way by obeying the written Law.
The Battle with Sin
7 Does this mean that the Law is sinful? Certainly not! But if it had not been for the Law, I would not have known what sin is really like. For example, I would not have known what it means to want something that belongs to someone else, unless the Law had told me not to do that. 8 It was sin that used this command as a way of making me have all kinds of desires. But without the Law, sin is dead.
9 Before I knew about the Law, I was alive. But as soon as I heard that command, sin came to life, 10 and I died. The very command that was supposed to bring life to me, instead brought death. 11 Sin used this command to trick me, and because of it I died. 12 Still, the Law and its commands are holy and correct and good.
13 Am I saying that something good caused my death? Certainly not! It was sin that killed me by using something good. Now we can see how terrible and evil sin really is. 14 We know that the Law is spiritual. But I am merely a human, and I have been sold as a slave to sin. 15 In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. 16 Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.
18 I know that my selfish desires won’t let me do anything that is good. Even when I want to do right, I cannot. 19 Instead of doing what I know is right, I do wrong. 20 And so, if I don’t do what I know is right, I am no longer the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.
21 The Law has shown me that something in me keeps me from doing what I know is right. 22 With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God. 23 But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do. 24 What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die? 25 Thank God! Jesus Christ will rescue me.
So with my mind I serve the Law of God, although my selfish desires make me serve the law of sin.
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