Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles
1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever.2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
those he redeemed from trouble3and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
4Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;5hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;7he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.8Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.9For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.
10Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
prisoners in misery and in irons,11for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.12Their hearts were bowed down with hard labor;
they fell down, with no one to help.13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;14he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
and broke their bonds asunder.15Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.16For he shatters the doors of bronze,
and cuts in two the bars of iron.
17Some were sick through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities endured affliction;18they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;20he sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from destruction.21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.22And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.
23Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the mighty waters;24they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.26They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their calamity;27they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
and were at their wits' end.28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out from their distress;29he made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.30Then they were glad because they had quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.32Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,34a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.35He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.36And there he lets the hungry live,
and they establish a town to live in;37they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
and get a fruitful yield.38By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their cattle decrease.
39When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,40he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;41but he raises up the needy out of distress,
and makes their families like flocks.42The upright see it and are glad;
and all wickedness stops its mouth.43Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.Chapter 108Praise and Prayer for Victory
A Song. A Psalm of David.
1My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!2Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples,
and I will sing praises to you among the nations.4For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens,
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let your glory be over all the earth.6Give victory with your right hand, and answer me,
so that those whom you love may be rescued.
7God has promised in his sanctuary:
“With exultation I will divide up Shechem,
and portion out the Vale of Succoth.8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet;
Judah is my scepter.9Moab is my washbasin;
on Edom I hurl my shoe;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
10Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?11Have you not rejected us, O God?
You do not go out, O God, with our armies.12O grant us help against the foe,
for human help is worthless.13With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.Chapter 109Prayer for Vindication and Vengeance
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1Do not be silent, O God of my praise.2For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,
speaking against me with lying tongues.3They beset me with words of hate,
and attack me without cause.4In return for my love they accuse me,
even while I make prayer for them.5So they reward me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
6They say, “Appoint a wicked man against him;
let an accuser stand on his right.7When he is tried, let him be found guilty;
let his prayer be counted as sin.8May his days be few;
may another seize his position.9May his children be orphans,
and his wife a widow.10May his children wander about and beg;
may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit.11May the creditor seize all that he has;
may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil.12May there be no one to do him a kindness,
nor anyone to pity his orphaned children.13May his posterity be cut off;
may his name be blotted out in the second generation.14May the iniquity of his father be remembered before the Lord,
and do not let the sin of his mother be blotted out.15Let them be before the Lord continually,
and may his memory be cut off from the earth.16For he did not remember to show kindness,
but pursued the poor and needy
and the brokenhearted to their death.17He loved to curse; let curses come on him.
He did not like blessing; may it be far from him.18He clothed himself with cursing as his coat,
may it soak into his body like water,
like oil into his bones.19May it be like a garment that he wraps around himself,
like a belt that he wears every day.”
20May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,
of those who speak evil against my life.21But you, O Lord my Lord,
act on my behalf for your name's sake;
because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.22For I am poor and needy,
and my heart is pierced within me.23I am gone like a shadow at evening;
I am shaken off like a locust.24My knees are weak through fasting;
my body has become gaunt.25I am an object of scorn to my accusers;
when they see me, they shake their heads.
26Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love.27Let them know that this is your hand;
you, O Lord, have done it.28Let them curse, but you will bless.
Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad.29May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;
may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle.30With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;
I will praise him in the midst of the throng.31For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
to save them from those who would condemn them to death.Chapter 110Assurance of Victory for God's Priest-King
Of David. A Psalm.
1The Lord says to my lord,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2The Lord sends out from Zion
your mighty scepter.
Rule in the midst of your foes.3Your people will offer themselves willingly
on the day you lead your forces
on the holy mountains.
From the womb of the morning,
like dew, your youth will come to you.4The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”
5The Lord is at your right hand;
he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.6He will execute judgment among the nations,
filling them with corpses;
he will shatter heads
over the wide earth.7He will drink from the stream by the path;
therefore he will lift up his head.