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David’s Praise
1I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King!
and I’ll bless your name into eternity.
2I’ll bless you every day,
and keep it up from now to eternity.
3God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to his greatness.
4Generation after generation stands in awe of your work;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts.
5Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs on your wonders.
6Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
7The fame of your goodness spreads across the country;
your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.
8God is all mercy and grace—
not quick to anger, is rich in love.
9God is good to one and all;
everything he does is suffused with grace.
10-11Creation and creatures applaud you, God;
your holy people bless you.
They talk about the glories of your rule,
they exclaim over your splendor,
12Letting the world know of your power for good,
the lavish splendor of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
you never get voted out of office.
God always does what he says,
and is gracious in everything he does.
14God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
15All eyes are on you, expectant;
you give them their meals on time.
16Generous to a fault,
you lavish your favor on all creatures.
17Everything God does is right—
the trademark on all his works is love.
18God’s there, listening for all who pray,
for all who pray and mean it.
19He does what’s best for those who fear him—
hears them call out, and saves them.
20God sticks by all who love him,
but it’s all over for those who don’t.
21My mouth is filled with God’s praise.
Let everything living bless him,
bless his holy name from now to eternity!
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