1441Praise the LORD, my protector!
He trains me for battle
and prepares me for war.
2He is my protector and defender,
my shelter and saviour,
in whom I trust for safety.
He subdues the nations under me.
LORD, what are mortals, that you notice them;
mere mortals, that you pay attention to them?
4They are like a puff of wind;
their days are like a passing shadow.
5O LORD, tear the sky apart and come down;
touch the mountains, and they will pour out smoke.
6Send flashes of lightning and scatter your enemies;
shoot your arrows and send them running.
7Reach down from above,
pull me out of the deep water, and rescue me;
save me from the power of foreigners,
8who never tell the truth
and lie even under oath.
9I will sing you a new song, O God;
I will play the harp and sing to you.
10You give victory to kings
and rescue your servant David.
11Save me from my cruel enemies;
rescue me from the power of foreigners,
who never tell the truth
and lie even under oath.
12May our sons in their youth
be like plants that grow up strong.
May our daughters be like stately pillars
which adorn the corners of a palace.
13May our barns be filled
with crops of every kind.
May the sheep in our fields
bear young by the tens of thousands.
14May our cattle reproduce plentifully
without miscarriage or loss.
May there be no cries of distress in our streets.
15Happy is the nation of whom this is true;
happy are the people whose God is the LORD!
1451I will proclaim your greatness, my God and king;
I will thank you for ever and ever.
2Every day I will thank you;
I will praise you for ever and ever.
3The LORD is great and is to be highly praised;
his greatness is beyond understanding.
4What you have done will be praised from one generation to the next;
they will proclaim your mighty acts.
5They will speak of your glory and majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.
6People will speak of your mighty deeds,
and I will proclaim your greatness.
7They will tell about all your goodness
and sing about your kindness.
8The LORD is loving and merciful,
slow to become angry and full of constant love.
9He is good to everyone
and has compassion on all he made.
10All your creatures, LORD, will praise you,
and all your people will give you thanks.
11They will speak of the glory of your royal power
and tell of your might,
12so that everyone will know your mighty deeds
and the glorious majesty of your kingdom.
13Your rule is eternal,
and you are king for ever.
The LORD is faithful to his promises,
and he is merciful in all his acts.
14He helps those who are in trouble;
he lifts those who have fallen.
15All living things look hopefully to you,
and you give them food when they need it.
16You give them enough
and satisfy the needs of all.
17The LORD is righteous in all he does,
merciful in all his acts.
18He is near to those who call to him,
who call to him with sincerity.
19He supplies the needs of those who honour him;
he hears their cries and saves them.
20He protects everyone who loves him,
but he will destroy the wicked.
21I will always praise the LORD;
let all his creatures praise his holy name for ever.
1461Praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD, my soul!
2I will praise him as long as I live;
I will sing to my God all my life.
3Don't put your trust in human leaders;
no human being can save you.
4When they die, they return to the dust;
on that day all their plans come to an end.
5Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them
and who depend on the LORD their God,
the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea,
and all that is in them.
He always keeps his promises;
7he judges in favour of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free
8and gives sight to the blind.
He lifts those who have fallen;
he loves his righteous people.
9He protects the strangers who live in our land;
he helps widows and orphans,
but takes the wicked to their ruin.
10The LORD is king for ever.
Your God, O Zion, will reign for all time.
Praise the LORD!