For the choir director: A song. A psalm.
1Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
2Sing about the glory of his name!
Tell the world how glorious he is.
3Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.
4Everything on earth will worship you;
they will sing your praises,
shouting your name in glorious songs.”
5Come and see what our God has done,
what awesome miracles he performs for people!
6He made a dry path through the Red Sea,# Hebrew the sea.
and his people went across on foot.
There we rejoiced in him.
7For by his great power he rules forever.
He watches every movement of the nations;
let no rebel rise in defiance.
8Let the whole world bless our God
and loudly sing his praises.
9Our lives are in his hands,
and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
10You have tested us, O God;
you have purified us like silver.
11You captured us in your net
and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
12Then you put a leader over us.# Or You made people ride over our heads.
We went through fire and flood,
but you brought us to a place of great abundance.
13Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—
14yes, the sacred vows that I made
when I was in deep trouble.
15That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,
and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.
16Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he did for me.
17For I cried out to him for help,
praising him as I spoke.
18If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.
20Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw his unfailing love from me.