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.
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.”
96 Sing a new song to the Lord! Everyone on this earth, sing praises to the Lord, 2 sing and praise his name.
Day after day announce, “The Lord has saved us!” 3 Tell every nation on earth, “The Lord is wonderful and does marvelous things! 4 The Lord is great and deserves our greatest praise! He is the only God worthy of our worship. 5 Other nations worship idols, but the Lord created the heavens. 6 Give honor and praise to the Lord, whose power and beauty fill his holy temple.”
7 Tell everyone of every nation, “Praise the glorious power of the Lord. 8 He is wonderful! Praise him and bring an offering into his temple. 9 Everyone on earth, now tremble and worship the Lord, majestic and holy.”
10 Announce to the nations, “The Lord is King! The world stands firm, never to be shaken, and he will judge its people with fairness.”
11 Tell the heavens and the earth to be glad and celebrate! Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures 12 and the fields to rejoice with all of their crops. Then every tree in the forest will sing joyful songs 13 to the Lord. He is coming to judge all people on earth with fairness and truth.
105 Praise the Lord and pray in his name! Tell everyone what he has done. 2 Sing praises to the Lord! Tell about his miracles. 3 Celebrate and worship his holy name with all your heart.
4 Trust the Lord and his mighty power. 5 Remember his miracles and all his wonders and his fair decisions. 6 You belong to the family of Abraham, his servant; you are his chosen ones, the descendants of Jacob.
7 The Lord is our God, bringing justice everywhere on earth. 8 He will never forget his agreement or his promises, not in thousands of years. 9 God made an eternal promise 10 to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 11 when he said, “I’ll give you the land of Canaan.”
12 At the time there were only a few of us, and we were homeless. 13 We wandered from nation to nation, from one country to another. 14 God did not let anyone mistreat our people. Instead he protected us by punishing rulers 15 and telling them, “Don’t touch my chosen leaders or harm my prophets!”
16 God kept crops from growing until food was scarce everywhere in the land. 17 But he had already sent Joseph, sold as a slave into Egypt, 18 with chains of iron around his legs and neck.
19 Joseph remained a slave until his own words had come true, and the Lord had finished testing him. 20 Then the king of Egypt set Joseph free 21 and put him in charge of everything he owned. 22 Joseph was in command of the officials, and he taught the leaders how to use wisdom.
23 Jacob and his family came and settled in Egypt as foreigners. 24 They were the Lord’s people, so he let them grow stronger than their enemies. 25 They served the Lord, and he made the Egyptians plan hateful things against them. 26 God sent his servant Moses. He also chose and sent Aaron 27 to his people in Egypt, and they worked miracles and wonders there. 28 Moses and Aaron obeyed God, and he sent darkness to cover Egypt. 29 God turned their rivers into streams of blood, and the fish all died. 30 Frogs were everywhere, even in the royal palace. 31 When God gave the command, flies and gnats swarmed all around.
32 In place of rain, God sent hailstones and flashes of lightning. 33 He destroyed their grapevines and their fig trees, and he made splinters of all the other trees. 34 God gave the command, and more grasshoppers came than could be counted. 35 They ate every green plant and all the crops that grew in the land of Egypt. 36 Then God took the life of every first-born son.
37 When God led Israel from Egypt, they took silver and gold, and no one was left behind. 38 The Egyptians were afraid and gladly let them go. 39 God hid them under a cloud and guided them by fire during the night.
40 When they asked for food, he sent more birds than they could eat. 41 God even split open a rock, and streams of water gushed into the desert. 42 God never forgot his sacred promise to his servant Abraham.
43 When the Lord rescued his chosen people from Egypt, they celebrated with songs. 44 The Lord gave them the land and everything else the nations had worked for. 45 He did this so that his people would obey all of his laws. Shout praises to the Lord!
132 Our Lord, don’t forget David and how he suffered. 2 Mighty God of Jacob, remember how he promised: 3 “I won’t go home or crawl into bed 4 or close my eyelids, 5 until I find a home for you, the mighty Lord God of Jacob.”
6 When we were in Ephrath, we heard that the sacred chest was somewhere near Jaar. 7 Then we said, “Let’s go to the throne of the Lord and worship at his feet.”
8 Come to your new home, Lord, you and the sacred chest with all of its power. 9 Let victory be like robes for the priests; let your faithful people celebrate and shout. 10 David is your chosen one, so don’t reject him. 11 You made a solemn promise to David, when you said, “I, the Lord, promise that someone in your family will always be king. 12 If they keep our agreement and follow my teachings, then someone in your family will rule forever.”
13 You have gladly chosen Zion as your home, our Lord. 14 You said, “This is my home! I will live here forever. 15 I will bless Zion with food, and even the poor will eat until they are full. 16 Victory will be like robes for the priests, and its faithful people will celebrate and shout. 17 I will give mighty power to the kingdom of David. Each one of my chosen kings will shine like a lamp 18 and wear a sparkling crown. But I will disgrace their enemies.”
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