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!
The Lord Is My Fortress
91 Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. 2 Then you will say to the Lord, “You are my fortress, my place of safety; you are my God, and I trust you.”
3 The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps and deadly diseases. 4 He will spread his wings over you and keep you secure. His faithfulness is like a shield or a city wall.[a]
5 You won’t need to worry about dangers at night or arrows during the day. 6 And you won’t fear diseases that strike in the dark or sudden disaster at noon.
7 You will not be harmed, though thousands fall all around you. 8 And with your own eyes you will see the punishment of the wicked. 9 The Lord Most High is your fortress. Run to him for safety, 10 and no terrible disasters will strike you or your home.
11 God will command his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will carry you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones. 13 You will overpower the strongest lions and the most deadly snakes.
14 The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe. 15 When you are in trouble, call out to me. I will answer and be there to protect and honor you. 16 You will live a long life and see my saving power.”
(A psalm and a song for the Sabbath.)
Sing Praises to the Lord
92 It is wonderful to be grateful and to sing your praises, Lord Most High! 2 It is wonderful each morning to tell about your love and at night to announce how faithful you are. 3 I enjoy praising your name to the music of harps, 4 because everything you do makes me happy, and I sing joyful songs.
5 You do great things, Lord. Your thoughts are too deep 6 for an ignorant fool to know or understand. 7 Though the wicked sprout and spread like grass, they will be pulled up by their roots. 8 But you will rule over all of us forever, 9 and your hateful enemies will be scattered and then destroyed.
10 You have given me the strength of a wild ox, and you have chosen me to be your very own. 11 My eyes have seen, and my ears have heard the doom and destruction of my terrible enemies.
12 Good people will prosper like palm trees, and they will grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. 13 They will take root in your house, Lord God, and they will do well. 14 They will be like trees that stay healthy and fruitful, even when they are old. 15 And they will say about you, “The Lord always does right! God is our mighty rock.”[b]
The Lord Is King
93 Our Lord, you are King! Majesty and power are your royal robes. You put the world in place, and it will never be moved. 2 You have always ruled, and you are eternal.
3 The ocean is roaring, Lord! The sea is pounding hard. 4 Its mighty waves are majestic, but you are more majestic, and you rule over all. 5 Your decisions are firm, and your temple will always be beautiful and holy.
The Lord Punishes the Guilty
94 Lord God, you punish the guilty. Show what you are like and punish them now. 2 You judge the earth. Come and help us! Pay back those proud people for what they have done. 3 How long will the wicked celebrate and be glad?
4 All of those cruel people strut and boast, 5 and they crush and wound your chosen nation, Lord. 6 They murder widows, foreigners, and orphans. 7 Then they say, “The Lord God of Jacob doesn’t see or know.”
8 Can’t you fools see? Won’t you ever learn? 9 God gave us ears and eyes! Can’t he hear and see? 10 God instructs the nations and gives knowledge to us all. Won’t he also correct us? 11 The Lord knows how useless our plans really are.
12 Our Lord, you bless everyone that you instruct and teach by using your Law. 13 You give them rest from their troubles, until a pit can be dug for the wicked. 14 You won’t turn your back on your chosen nation. 15 Justice and fairness will go hand in hand, and all who do right will follow along.
16 Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? 17 If you had not helped me, Lord, I would soon have gone to the land of silence.[c] 18 When I felt my feet slipping, you came with your love and kept me steady. 19 And when I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. 20 But you are opposed to dishonest lawmakers 21 who gang up to murder innocent victims.
22 You, Lord God, are my fortress, that mighty rock[d] where I am safe. 23 You will pay back my enemies, and you will wipe them out for the evil they did.
Worship and Obey the Lord
95 Sing joyful songs to the Lord! Praise the mighty rock [e] where we are safe. 2 Come to worship him with thankful hearts and songs of praise.
3 The Lord is the greatest God, king over all other gods. 4 He holds the deepest part of the earth in his hands, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The ocean is the Lord’s because he made it, and with his own hands he formed the dry land.
6 Bow down and worship the Lord our Creator! 7 The Lord is our God, and we are his people, the sheep he takes care of in his own pasture.
Listen to God’s voice today! 8 Don’t be stubborn and rebel as your ancestors did at Meribah and Massah[f] out in the desert. 9 For forty years they tested God and saw the things he did. 10 Then God got tired of them and said, “You never show good sense, and you don’t understand what I want you to do.” 11 In his anger, God told them, “You people will never enter my place of rest.”
91.4city wall: One possible meaning for a difficult Hebrew word; it may possibly mean some kind of shield or weapon.
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