A Song of God’s Majesty and Love
A praise of David.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1I will exalt you, my God, O king,
and I will bless#That is, praise; here and v. 2 your name forever and ever.
2Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
3Great is Yahweh, and very worthy of praise,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
4One generation will laud your works to another,
and will declare your mighty deeds.
5On the splendor of the glory of your majesty,
and on your wonderful deeds, I will meditate.
6And they will speak of the power of your awesome deeds,#That is, deeds that evoke a fearful reverence
and I will tell of your greatness.#According to the reading tradition (Qere)
7They will utter #Hebrew “pour forth” the renown of your abundant goodness,
and they will proclaim with joy your righteousness.
8Yahweh is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger#Literally “long of nostrils” and great in loyal love.
9Yahweh is good to all,
and his mercies are over all his works.
10All your works will praise you, O Yahweh,
and your faithful ones will bless#That is, praise you.
11They will speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and talk of your power,
12to make known to the children of humankind his mighty deeds,
and the glory of the majesty of his kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.#Literally “for a generation and a generation”
14Yahweh upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due time,
16opening your hand,
and satisfying the desire of every living creature.
17Yahweh is righteous in all his ways,
and loyal in all his works.
18Yahweh is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry for help, and saves them.
20Yahweh protects all those who love him,
but all the wicked he will exterminate.
21My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh,
and all flesh will bless his holy name
forever and ever.