For the director of music. A song. A psalm.
1Shout to God with joy, everyone on earth!
2Sing about the glory of his name!
Give him glorious praise!
3Say to God, "What wonderful things you do!
Your power is so great
that your enemies bow down to you in fear.
4Everyone on earth bows down to you.
They sing praise to you.
They sing praise to your name."
5Come and see what God has done.
See what wonderful things he has done for his people!
6He turned the Red Sea into dry land.
The people of Israel passed through the waters on foot.
Come, let us be full of joy because of what he did.
7He rules by his power forever.
His eyes watch the nations.
Let no one who refuses to obey him rise up against him.
8Praise our God, you nations.
Let the sound of the praise you give him be heard.
9He has kept us alive.
He has kept our feet from slipping.
10God, you have put us to the test.
You put us through fire to make us like silver.
11You put us in prison.
You placed heavy loads on our backs.
12You let people run over our heads.
We went through fire and water.
But you brought us to a place
where we have everything we need.
13I will come to your temple with burnt offerings.
I will keep my promises to you.
14I made them with my lips.
My mouth spoke them when I was in trouble.
15I will sacrifice fat animals to you as burnt offerings.
I will offer rams, bulls and goats to you.
16Come and listen, all of you who have respect for God.
Let me tell you what he has done for me.
17I cried out to him with my mouth.
I praised him with my tongue.
18If I had enjoyed having sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19But God has listened.
He has heard my prayer.
20Give praise to God.
He has accepted my prayer.
He has not held his love back from me.