A Sacrifice of Thanks
1A psalm of Asaph. God, Elohim Adonai has spoken and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.
3Our God comes, and does not keep silent. A fire is devouring before Him, and it storms around Him mightily.
4He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, to judge His people:
5“Gather My kedoshim to Me, who cut a covenant with Me with a sacrifice.”
6The heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah
7“Hear, My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God.
8I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices, for your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
9I have no need of a bull from your house nor goats from your pens.
10For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11I know every bird of the mountains. Everything moving in the field is Mine.
12If I were hungry, I would not tell you— for the world is Mine and all it contains!
13Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
14Offer God a sacrifice of thank offerings, then fulfill your vows to Elyon.
15Call upon Me in the day of trouble. When I rescue you, you will honor Me.”
16But to the wicked, God says: “What are you doing, reciting My laws and taking My covenant in your mouth?
17For you hate discipline, and you cast My words behind you.
18When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and your portion is with adulterers.
19You have unleashed your mouth for evil and harnessed your tongue for deceit.
20You sit, speaking against your brother, slandering your own mother’s son.
21These things you have done— Should I keep silent? You thought I was just like you— but I reprove you, and set the case before your eyes.
22Now consider this, you who forget God. Or else I will tear you in pieces with no one to rescue you.
23A sacrifice of praise honors Me, and to the one who orders his way, I will show the salvation of God.”