The Lord Saves, Idols Do Not
1Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
2you who stand in the Lord’s Temple
and in the Temple courtyards.
3Praise the Lord, because he is good;
sing praises to him, because it is pleasant.
4The Lord has chosen the people of Jacob for himself;
he has chosen the people of Israel for his very own.
5I know that the Lord is great.
Our Lord is greater than all the gods.
6The Lord does what he pleases,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and the deep oceans.
7He brings the clouds from the ends of the earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain.
He brings out the wind from his storehouses.
8He destroyed the firstborn sons in Egypt
the firstborn of both people and animals.
9He did many signs and miracles in Egypt
against the king and his servants.
10He defeated many nations
and killed powerful kings:
11Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan,
and all the kings of Canaan.
12Then he gave their land as a gift,
a gift to his people, the Israelites.
13Lord, your name is everlasting;
Lord, you will be remembered forever.
14The Lord defends his people
and has mercy on his servants.
15The idols of other nations are made of silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
16They have mouths, but they cannot speak.
They have eyes, but they cannot see.
17They have ears, but they cannot hear.
They have no breath in their mouths.
18People who make idols will be like them,
and so will those who trust them.
19Family of Israel, praise the Lord.
Family of Aaron, praise the Lord.
20Family of Levi, praise the Lord.
You who respect the Lord should praise him.
21You people of Jerusalem, praise the Lord on Mount Zion.
Praise the Lord!