A Song of Praise
Poetic praise, by King David
1It’s time to sing and shout for joy!
Go ahead, all you redeemed ones, do it!
Praise him with all you have,
for praise looks lovely on the lips of God’s lovers.
2Play the guitar as you lift your praises loaded with thanksgiving.
Sing and make joyous music with all you’ve got inside.
3Compose new melodies that release new praises to the Lord.
Play his praises on instruments
with the anointing and skill he gives you.
Sing and shout with passion; make a spectacular sound of joy—
4For God’s Word is something to sing about!
He is true to his promises, his word can be trusted,
and everything he does is reliable and right.
5The Lord loves seeing justice on the earth.
Anywhere and everywhere you can find his faithful, unfailing love!
6All he had to do was speak by his Spirit-wind command,
and God created the heavenlies.
Filled with galaxies and stars,
the vast cosmos he wonderfully made.
7His voice scooped out the seas.
The ocean depths he poured into vast reservoirs.
8Now, with breathtaking wonder,
let everyone worship Yahweh, this awe-inspiring Creator.
9Words he breathed and worlds were birthed.
“Let there be,” and there it was—
Springing forth the moment he spoke.
No sooner said than done!
10With his breath he scatters the schemes of nations who oppose him;
they will never succeed.
11His destiny-plan for the earth stands sure.
His forever-plan remains in place and will never fail.
12Blessed and prosperous is that nation who has God as their Lord!
They will be the people he has chosen for his own.
13-15The Lord looks over us from where he rules in heaven.
Gazing into every heart from his lofty dwelling place,
he observes all the peoples of the earth.
The Creator of our hearts considers and examines everything we do.
16Even if a king has the best-equipped army,
it would never be enough to save him.
Even if the best warrior went to battle,
he could not be saved simply by his strength alone.
17Human strength and the weapons of man
are false hopes for victory;
they may seem mighty but they will always disappoint.
18The eyes of the Lord are upon
even the weakest worshipers who love him—
those who wait in hope and expectation
for the strong, steady love of God.
19God will deliver them from death,
even the certain death of famine, with no one to help.
20The Lord alone is our radiant hope
and we trust in him with all our hearts.
His wrap-around presence will strengthen us.
21As we trust, we rejoice with an uncontained joy
flowing from Yahweh!
22Let your love and steadfast kindness overshadow us
continually, for we trust and we wait upon you!