89 Our Lord, I will sing of your love forever. Everyone yet to be born will hear me praise your faithfulness. 2 I will tell them, “God’s love can always be trusted, and his faithfulness lasts as long as the heavens.”
3 You said, “David, my servant, is my chosen one, and this is the agreement I made with him: 4 David, one of your descendants will always be king.”
5 Our Lord, let the heavens now praise your miracles, and let all of your angels praise your faithfulness.
6 None who live in the heavens can compare with you. 7 You are the most fearsome of all who live in heaven; all the others fear and greatly honor you. 8 You are Lord God All-Powerful! No one is as loving and faithful as you are. 9 You rule the roaring sea and calm its waves. 10 You crushed the monster Rahab,[a] and with your powerful arm you scattered your enemies. 11 The heavens and the earth belong to you. And so does the world with all its people because you created them 12 and everything else.[b]
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon gladly praise you. 13 You are strong and mighty! 14 Your kingdom is ruled by justice and fairness with love and faithfulness leading the way.
15 Our Lord, you bless those who join in the festival and walk in the brightness of your presence. 16 We are happy all day because of you, and your saving power brings honor to us. 17 Your own glorious power makes us strong, and because of your kindness, our strength increases. 18 Our Lord and our King, the Holy One of Israel, you are truly our shield.
19 In a vision, you once said to your faithful followers: “I have helped a mighty hero. I chose him from my people and made him famous. 20 David, my servant, is the one I chose to be king, 21 and I will always be there to help and strengthen him.
22 “No enemy will outsmart David, and he won’t be defeated by any hateful people. 23 I will strike down and crush his troublesome enemies. 24 He will always be able to depend on my love, and I will make him strong with my own power. 25 I will let him rule the lands across the rivers and seas. 26 He will say to me, ‘You are my Father and my God, as well as the mighty rock[c] where I am safe.'
27 “I have chosen David as my first-born son, and he will be the ruler of all kings on earth. 28 My love for him will last, and my agreement with him will never be broken.
29 “One of David’s descendants will always be king, and his family will rule until the sky disappears. 30 Suppose some of his children should reject my Law and refuse my instructions. 31 Or suppose they should disobey all of my teachings. 32 Then I will correct and punish them because of their sins. 33 But I will always love David and faithfully keep all of my promises to him.
34 “I won’t break my agreement or go back on my word. 35 I have sworn once and for all by my own holy name, and I won’t lie to David. 36 His family will always rule. I will let his kingdom last as long as the sun 37 and moon appear in the sky.”
38 You are now angry, God, and you have turned your back on your chosen king. 39 You broke off your agreement with your servant, the king, and you completely destroyed his kingdom. 40 The walls of his city have been broken through, and every fortress now lies in ruin. 41 All who pass by take what they want, and nations everywhere joke about the king.
42 You made his enemies powerful and let them celebrate. 43 But you forced him to retreat because you did not fight on his side. 44 You took his crown[d] and threw his throne in the dirt. 45 You made an old man of him and put him to shame.
46 How much longer, Lord? Will you hide forever? How long will your anger keep burning like fire? 47 Remember, life is short![e] Why did you empty our lives of all meaning? 48 No one can escape the power of death and the grave.
49 Our Lord, where is the love you have always shown and that you promised so faithfully to David? 50 Remember your servant, Lord! People make jokes about me, and I suffer many insults. 51 I am your chosen one, but your enemies chase and make fun of me.
52 Our Lord, we praise you forever. Amen and amen.
(A prayer by Moses, the man of God.)
God Is Eternal
90 Our Lord, in all generations you have been our home. 2 You have always been God— long before the birth of the mountains, even before you created the earth and the world.
3 At your command we die and turn back to dust, 4 but a thousand years mean nothing to you! They are merely a day gone by or a few hours in the night.
5 You bring our lives to an end just like a dream. We are merely tender grass 6 that sprouts and grows in the morning, but dries up by evening. 7 Your furious anger frightens and destroys us, 8 and you know all of our sins, even those we do in secret.
9 Your anger is a burden each day we live, then life ends like a sigh. 10 We can expect seventy years, or maybe eighty, if we are healthy, but even our best years bring trouble and sorrow. Suddenly our time is up, and we disappear. 11 No one knows the full power of your furious anger, but it is as great as the fear that we owe to you. 12 Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.
13 Help us, Lord! Don’t wait! Pity your servants. 14 When morning comes, let your love satisfy all our needs. Then we can celebrate and be glad for what time we have left. 15 Make us happy for as long as you caused us trouble and sorrow. 16 Do wonderful things for us, your servants, and show your mighty power to our children. 17 Our Lord and our God, treat us with kindness and let all go well for us. Please let all go well!
89.10Rahab: Many people in the ancient world thought that the world was controlled by this sea monster that the Lord destroyed at the time of creation (see Isaiah 51.9).
89.12and everything else: The Hebrew text has “Zaphon and Yamin,” which may either be the names of mountains or refer to the directions “north and south,” with the meaning “everything from north to south.”
14 Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours. 2 Some think it is all right to eat anything, while those whose faith is weak will eat only vegetables. 3 But you should not criticize others for eating or for not eating. After all, God welcomes everyone. 4 What right do you have to criticize someone else’s servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right, and the Lord will make sure that they do right.
5 Some of the Lord’s followers think one day is more important than another. Others think all days are the same. But each of you should make up your own mind. 6 Any followers who count one day more important than another day do it to honor their Lord. And any followers who eat meat give thanks to God, just like the ones who don’t eat meat.
7 Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves. 8 Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord. 9 This is because Christ died and rose to life, so that he would be the Lord of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do you look down on them? The day is coming when God will judge all of us. 11 In the Scriptures God says,
“I swear by my very life that everyone will kneel down and praise my name!”
12 And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do.
Don’t Cause Problems for Others
13 We must stop judging others. We must also make up our minds not to upset anyone’s faith. 14 The Lord Jesus has made it clear to me that God considers all foods fit to eat. But if you think some foods are unfit to eat, then for you they are not fit.
15 If you are hurting others by the foods you eat, you are not guided by love. Don’t let your appetite destroy someone Christ died for. 16 Don’t let your right to eat bring shame to Christ. 17 God’s kingdom isn’t about eating and drinking. It is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ in this way, you will please God and be respected by people. 19 We should try[a] to live at peace and help each other have a strong faith.
20 Don’t let your appetite destroy what God has done. All foods are fit to eat, but it is wrong to cause problems for others by what you eat. 21 It is best not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that causes problems for other followers of the Lord. 22 What you believe about these things should be kept between you and God. You are fortunate, if your actions don’t make you have doubts. 23 But if you do have doubts about what you eat, you are going against your beliefs. And you know that is wrong, because anything you do against your beliefs is sin.
14.19We should try: Some manuscripts have “We try.”
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