(By David for the music leader. To be used when an offering is made.)
God Is Wonderful
70 Save me, Lord God! Hurry and help. 2 Disappoint and confuse all who want to kill me. Turn away and disgrace all who want to hurt me. 3 Embarrass and shame those who say, “We told you so!”
4 Let your worshipers celebrate and be glad because of you. They love your saving power, so let them always say, “God is wonderful!” 5 I am poor and needy, but you, the Lord God, care about me.
You are the one who saves me. Please hurry and help!
A Prayer for God’s Protection
71 I run to you, Lord, for protection. Don’t disappoint me. 2 You do what is right, so come to my rescue. Listen to my prayer and keep me safe. 3 Be my mighty rock,[a] the place where I can always run for protection. Save me by your command! You are my mighty rock and my fortress.
4 Come and save me, Lord God, from vicious and cruel and brutal enemies! 5 I depend on you, and I have trusted you since I was young. 6 I have relied on you[b] from the day I was born. You brought me safely through birth, and I always praise you.
7 Many people think of me as something evil. But you are my mighty protector, 8 and I praise and honor you all day long. 9 Don’t throw me aside when I am old; don’t desert me when my strength is gone. 10 My enemies are plotting because they want me dead. 11 They say, “Now we’ll catch you! God has deserted you, and no one can save you.” 12 Come closer, God! Please hurry and help. 13 Embarrass and destroy all who want me dead; disgrace and confuse all who want to hurt me. 14 I will never give up hope or stop praising you. 15 All day long I will tell the wonderful things you do to save your people. But you have done much more than I could possibly know. 16 I will praise you, Lord God, for your mighty deeds and your power to save.
17 You have taught me since I was a child, and I never stop telling about your marvelous deeds. 18 Don’t leave me when I am old and my hair turns gray. Let me tell future generations about your mighty power. 19 Your deeds of kindness are known in the heavens. No one is like you!
20 You made me suffer a lot, but you will bring me back from this deep pit and give me new life. 21 You will make me truly great and take my sorrow away.
22 I will praise you, God, the Holy One of Israel. You are faithful. I will play the harp and sing your praises. 23 You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout, singing praises to you with all my heart. 24 All day long I will announce your power to save. I will tell how you disgraced and disappointed those who wanted to hurt me.
22 We know that all creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give birth.
23 The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are his children.[a] This means that our bodies will also be set free. 24 And this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. 25 However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.
26 In certain ways we are weak, but the Spirit is here to help us. For example, when we don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit prays for us in ways that cannot be put into words. 27 All of our thoughts are known to God. He can understand what is in the mind of the Spirit, as the Spirit prays for God’s people. 28 We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him.[b] They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose, 29 and he has always known who his chosen ones would be. He had decided to let them become like his own Son, so that his Son would be the first of many children. 30 God then accepted the people he had already decided to choose, and he has shared his glory with them.
31 What can we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us? 32 God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won’t he freely give us everything else? 33 If God says his chosen ones are acceptable to him, can anyone bring charges against them? 34 Or can anyone condemn them? No indeed! Christ died and was raised to life, and now he is at God’s right side,[c] speaking to him for us. 35 Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death? 36 It is exactly as the Scriptures say,
“For you we face death all day long. We are like sheep on their way to be butchered.”
37 In everything we have won more than a victory because of Christ who loves us. 38 I am sure that nothing can separate us from God’s love—not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, 39 and not powers above or powers below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!
8.23to show that we are his children: These words are not in some manuscripts. The translation of the remainder of the verse would then read, “while we wait for God to set our bodies free.”
8.28God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him: Or “All things work for the good of everyone who loves God” or “God’s Spirit always works for the good of everyone who loves God.”
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