1I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
2I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
3Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
4 God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
5Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
6When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
7 God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
8Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
9Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
10Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
11Come, children, listen closely;
I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
12Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
13Guard your tongue from profanity,
and no more lying through your teeth.
14Turn your back on sin; do something good.
Embrace peace—don’t let it get away!
15 God keeps an eye on his friends,
his ears pick up every moan and groan.
16 God won’t put up with rebels;
he’ll cull them from the pack.
17Is anyone crying for help? God is listening,
ready to rescue you.
18If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there;
if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath.
19Disciples so often get into trouble;
still, God is there every time.
20He’s your bodyguard, shielding every bone;
not even a finger gets broken.
21The wicked commit slow suicide;
they waste their lives hating the good.
22 God pays for each slave’s freedom;
no one who runs to him loses out.
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