Praise to the Creator and Preserver.
1Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
2Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.
3Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
4For the word of the Lord is upright,
And all His work is done in faithfulness.
5He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
6By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
7He gathers the waters of the sea together #Some versions read in a water skin; i.e. containeras a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
8Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it #Or stood forthstood fast.
10The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
12Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
13The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men;
14From His dwelling place He looks out
On all the inhabitants of the earth,
15He who fashions #Or their heart togetherthe hearts of them all,
He who understands all their works.
16The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
18Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who #Or waithope for His lovingkindness,
19To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have #Or waited forhoped in You.