Ps 146-150

Praise for God's Help 1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!2I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 3Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.4When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. 5Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God,6who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever;7who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free;8the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.9The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 10The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!Chapter 147Praise for God's Care for Jerusalem 1Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.2The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel.3He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.4He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.5Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.6The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; he casts the wicked to the ground. 7Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre.8He covers the heavens with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, makes grass grow on the hills.9He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.10His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;11but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. 12Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!13For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.14He grants peace within your borders; he fills you with the finest of wheat.15He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.16He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.17He hurls down hail like crumbs— who can stand before his cold?18He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow, and the waters flow.19He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and ordinances to Israel.20He has not dealt thus with any other nation; they do not know his ordinances. Praise the Lord!Chapter 148Praise for God's Universal Glory 1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!2Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his host! 3Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars!4Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! 5Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.6He established them forever and ever; he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed. 7Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps,8fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! 9Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!10Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! 11Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!12Young men and women alike, old and young together! 13Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.14He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his faithful, for the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord!Chapter 149Praise for God's Goodness to Israel 1Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful.2Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King.3Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.4For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory.5Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches.6Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands,7to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,8to bind their kings with fetters and their nobles with chains of iron,9to execute on them the judgment decreed. This is glory for all his faithful ones. Praise the Lord!Chapter 150Praise for God's Surpassing Greatness 1Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament!2Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! 3Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!4Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!5Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!6Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!