Praise to the Creator and Preserver.
1 Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming and appropriate for those who are upright [in heart--those with moral integrity and godly character].
2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
Sing praises to Him with the harp of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud and joyful sound.
4 For the word of the Lord is right;
And all His work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made,
And all their host by the breath of His mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as in a wineskin;
He puts the deeps in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear and worship the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He makes the thoughts and plans of the people ineffective.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The thoughts and plans of His heart through all generations.
12 Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.
13 The Lord looks [down] from heaven;
He sees all the sons of man;
14 From His dwelling place He looks closely
Upon all the inhabitants of the earth--
15 He who fashions the hearts of them all,
Who considers and understands all that they do.
16 The king is not saved by the great size of his army;
A warrior is not rescued by his great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him [and worship Him with awe-inspired reverence and obedience],
On those who hope [confidently] in His compassion and lovingkindness,
19 To rescue their lives from death
And keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait [expectantly] for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For in Him our heart rejoices,
Because we trust [lean on, rely on, and are confident] in His holy name.
22 Let Your [steadfast] lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
In proportion as we have #I.e. placed our confidence.hoped in You.