901O Lord, you have always been our home.
2Before you created the hills
or brought the world into being,
you were eternally God,
and will be God for ever.
3You tell us to return to what we were;
you change us back to dust.
A thousand years to you are like one day;
they are like yesterday, already gone,
like a short hour in the night.
5You carry us away like a flood;
we last no longer than a dream.
We are like weeds that sprout in the morning,
6that grow and burst into bloom,
then dry up and die in the evening.
7We are destroyed by your anger;
we are terrified by your fury.
8You place our sins before you,
our secret sins where you can see them.
9Our life is cut short by your anger;
it fades away like a whisper.
10Seventy years is all we have —
eighty years, if we are strong;
yet all they bring us is trouble and sorrow;
life is soon over, and we are gone.
11Who has felt the full power of your anger?
Who knows what fear your fury can bring?
12Teach us how short our life is,
so that we may become wise.
13How much longer will your anger last?
Have pity, O LORD, on your servants!
14Fill us each morning with your constant love,
so that we may sing and be glad all our life.
15Give us now as much happiness as the sadness you gave us
during all our years of misery.
16Let us, your servants, see your mighty deeds;
let our descendants see your glorious might.
17LORD our God, may your blessings be with us.
Give us success in all we do!
911Whoever goes to the LORD for safety,
whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,
2can say to him,
“You are my defender and protector.
You are my God; in you I trust.”
3He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers
and from all deadly diseases.
4He will cover you with his wings;
you will be safe in his care;
his faithfulness will protect and defend you.
5You need not fear any dangers at night
or sudden attacks during the day
6or the plagues that strike in the dark
or the evils that kill in daylight.
7A thousand may fall dead beside you,
10,000 all round you,
but you will not be harmed.
8You will look and see
how the wicked are punished.
9You have made the LORD your91.9 Probable text your; Hebrew my. defender,
the Most High your protector,
10and so no disaster will strike you,
no violence will come near your home.
God will put his angels in charge of you
to protect you wherever you go.
They will hold you up with their hands
to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.
You will trample down lions and snakes,
fierce lions and poisonous snakes.
14God says, “I will save those who love me
and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD.
15When they call to me, I will answer them;
when they are in trouble, I will be with them.
I will rescue them and honour them.
16I will reward them with long life;
I will save them.”
921How good it is to give thanks to you, O LORD,
to sing in your honour, O Most High God,
2to proclaim your constant love every morning
and your faithfulness every night,
3with the music of stringed instruments
and with melody on the harp.
4Your mighty deeds, O LORD, make me glad;
because of what you have done, I sing for joy.
5How great are your actions, LORD!
How deep are your thoughts!
6This is something a fool cannot know;
a stupid person cannot understand:
7the wicked may grow like weeds,
those who do wrong may prosper;
yet they will be totally destroyed,
8because you, LORD, are supreme for ever.
9We know that your enemies will die,
and all the wicked will be defeated.
10You have made me as strong as a wild ox;
you have blessed me with happiness.
11I have seen the defeat of my enemies
and heard the cries of the wicked.
12The righteous will flourish like palm trees;
they will grow like the cedars of Lebanon.
13They are like trees planted in the house of the LORD,
that flourish in the Temple of our God,
14that still bear fruit in old age
and are always green and strong.
15This shows that the LORD is just,
that there is no wrong in my protector.