Ps 111-118

Praise for God's Wonderful Works 1Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.2Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.3Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.4He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful.5He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.6He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.7The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.8They are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.9He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name.10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.Chapter 112Blessings of the Righteous 1Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in his commandments.2Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.3Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.4They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful, and righteous.5It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice.6For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever.7They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.8Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.9They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.10The wicked see it and are angry; they gnash their teeth and melt away; the desire of the wicked comes to nothing.Chapter 113God the Helper of the Needy 1Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. 2Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore.3From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised.4The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 5Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high,6who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?7He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap,8to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.9He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!Chapter 114God's Wonders at the Exodus 1When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,2Judah became God's sanctuary, Israel his dominion. 3The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.4The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. 5Why is it, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?6O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs? 7Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,8who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.Chapter 115The Impotence of Idols and the Greatness of God 1Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.2Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.4Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.5They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.6They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.7They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; they make no sound in their throats.8Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them. 9O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.10O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.11You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 12The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;13he will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. 14May the Lord give you increase, both you and your children.15May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 16The heavens are the Lord's heavens, but the earth he has given to human beings.17The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any that go down into silence.18But we will bless the Lord from this time on and forevermore. Praise the Lord!Chapter 116Thanksgiving for Recovery from Illness 1I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.2Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.3The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.4Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” 5Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.6The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.7Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.9I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.10I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted”;11I said in my consternation, “Everyone is a liar.” 12What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?13I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,14I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.15Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones.16O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds.17I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord.18I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,19in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!Chapter 117Universal Call to Worship 1Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!2For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!Chapter 118A Song of Victory 1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”3Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”4Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” 5Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.6With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?7The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.8It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals.9It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!11They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!12They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!13I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me.14The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 15There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly;16the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.”17I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord.18The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death. 19Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.22The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.23This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.24This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.25Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.27The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. 28You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. 29O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.