For the music leader. A song. A psalm.
1Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!
2Sing praises to the glory of God’s name!
Make glorious his praise!
3Say to God:
"How awesome are your works!
Because of your great strength,
your enemies cringe before you.
4All the earth worships you,
sings praises to you,
sings praises to your name!" Selah
5Come and see God’s deeds;
his works for human beings are awesome:
6He turned the sea into dry land
so they could cross the river on foot.
Right there we rejoiced in him!
7God rules with power forever;
keeps a good eye on the nations.
So don’t let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
8All you nations, bless our God!
Let the sound of his praise be heard!
9God preserved us among the living;
he didn’t let our feet slip a bit.
10But you, God, have tested us—
you’ve refined us like silver,
11trapped us in a net,
laid burdens on our backs,
12let other people run right over our heads—
we’ve been through fire and water.
But you brought us out to freedom!
13So I’ll enter your house
with entirely burned offerings.
I’ll keep the promises I made to you,
14the ones my lips uttered,
the ones my mouth spoke when I was in deep trouble.
15I will offer the best burned offerings to you
along with the smoke of sacrificed rams.
I will offer both bulls and goats. Selah
16Come close and listen,
all you who honor God;
I will tell you what God has done for me:
17My mouth cried out to him
with praise on my tongue.
18If I had cherished evil in my heart,
my Lord would not have listened.
19But God definitely listened.
He heard the sound of my prayer.
20Bless God! He didn’t reject my prayer;
he didn’t withhold his faithful love from me.
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