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Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
His mercy endures forever
Give thanks to the God of gods
For His mercy endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords
For His mercy endures forever
Who alone does great wonders
For His mercy endures forever.
Who spread out the earth on the waters
For His mercy endures forever
Who made the great lights
For His mercy endures forever.

The sun to rule over the day
For his mercy endures forever
The moon and stars rule the night
For His mercy endures forever

Who smote the Egyptians in their first born
For His mercy endures forever
And brought out Israel from their midst
For his mercy endures forever

With a mighty hand and outstretched arm
For his mercy endures forever
Who split the Red Sea in two
For His mercy endures forever

But swept Pharaoh into the Red Sea
For his mercy endures forever
Who led His people through the wilderness
For His mercy endures forever.

Who smote great kings
For His mercy endures forever
And slew powerful kings
For his mercy endures forever.

Who remembered us in our abjection
For his mercy endures forever
And freed us from our foes
For his mercy endures forever.

Who gives food to all flesh
For his mercy endures forever
Give thanks to the God of heaven
For his mercy endures forever.

About Psalm 136

Hymn of Thanksgiving for Godís Everlasting Love

This Hymn praises Israelís God who has created the world in which Israel lives. The refrain occurring after every line suggest that a speaker and chorus sang the Psalm in antiphonal fashion. A single act of God is described in 4-25. God arranges the heavens and the earth as the environment for human community and then creates the community by freeing them and giving them land. In the final section God who created the people and gave them land , continues to protect and nurture them. I love this Psalm  and have sung it  many times over the years, it tells the story of Godís work  for us.

Lord, today, we thank and praise You for all You have done for us. Help us to bear witness to others of your mercy and greatness.

Psalm 136

136:1 Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good;
for his loving kindness endures forever.
136:2 Give thanks to the God of gods;
for his loving kindness endures forever.
136:3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:4 To him who alone does great wonders;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:5 To him who by understanding made the heavens;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:6 To him who spread out the earth above the waters;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:7 To him who made the great lights;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:8 The sun to rule by day;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:10 To him who struck down the Egyptian firstborn;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:11 And brought out Israel from among them;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:12 With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:13 To him who divided the Red Sea apart;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:14 And made Israel to pass through its midst;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:16 To him who led his people through the wilderness;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:17 To him who struck great kings;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:18 And killed mighty kings;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:19 Sihon king of the Amorites;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:20 Og king of Bashan;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:21 And gave their land as an inheritance;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:22 Even a heritage to Israel his servant;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:23 Who remembered us in our low estate;
for his loving kindness endures forever;
136:24 And has delivered us from our adversaries;
for his loving kindness endures forever:
136:25 Who gives food to every creature;
for his loving kindness endures forever.
136:26 Oh give thanks to the God of heaven;
for his loving kindness endures forever.


Psalm 137    

By the streams of Babylon
We sat and wept
When we remember Zion
On the aspens we had hung our harps
Our captives asked us to sing.

Our enemies urged us to be joyous
Sing the songs of Zion
How could we sing a song of the Lord
In a foreign land?

If I forget you, Jerusalem
May my right hand be forgotten
May my tongue cleave to my palate.
If I remember You not


About Psalm 137
Sorrow and Hope in Exile
A temple singer refuses to sing the peopleís sacred songs in an alien land despite demands form Babylonian captors. The singer swears an oath by what is most dear to a musician- hands and tongues- to exalt Jerusalem always .This is a very poignant psalm which stirs the imagination a great deal.
Lord, help us to keep looking to Jesus for our consolation and hope.

Psalm 137

137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down.
Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
137:2 On the willows in its midst,
we hung up our harps.
137:3 For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs.
Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy:
ďSing us one of the songs of Zion!Ē
137:4 How can we sing Yahwehís song in a foreign land?
137:5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget its skill.
137:6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I donít remember you;
if I donít prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
137:7 Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom,
the day of Jerusalem;
who said, ďRaze it!
Raze it even to its foundation!Ē
137:8 Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction,
he will be happy who rewards you,
as you have served us.
137:9 Happy shall he be,
who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.


Psalm 138 

I will give thanks to You Lord
With all my heart
In the presence of the angels I will sing
For You heard the words of my mouth
In the presence of the angels
I will give thanks to You Lord my God.

I will worship at Your Temple
And give thanks to Your Name
Because of Your kindness and truth
Your Name is great above all.

All the kings of the earth give thanks
When they hear the words of Your mouth
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord
Great is His glory.

Though I walk in distress,
You preserve me
You raise Your right hand and save me
Your kindness is forever.


About Psalm 138
Hymn of a Grateful Heart
David wrote this when God came to his rescue. Divine rescue was not the result of the psalmistís virtues but of Godís loving fidelity.
David prayed this prayer in 2 Samuel 22:40
Verse 3 is a good verse to memorize: In the day when I cried Thou answered me and strengthened me with strength in my soul.
Lord, today we give you praise with all our hearts, strengthen us for the dayís work and help us to magnify Your Word above everything.

Psalm 138

By David.

138:1 I will give you thanks with my whole heart.
Before the gods, I will sing praises to you.
138:2 I will bow down toward your holy temple,
and give thanks to your Name for your loving kindness and for your truth;
for you have exalted your Name and your Word above all.
138:3 In the day that I called, you answered me.
You encouraged me with strength in my soul.
138:4 All the kings of the earth will give you thanks, Yahweh,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
138:5 Yes, they will sing of the ways of Yahweh;
for great is Yahwehís glory.
138:6 For though Yahweh is high, yet he looks after the lowly;
but the proud, he knows from afar.
138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me.
You will stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies.
Your right hand will save me.
138:8 Yahweh will fulfill that which concerns me;
your loving kindness, Yahweh, endures forever.
Donít forsake the works of your own hands.


Psalm 139 a  (2 for 1)

Search me O God and know my heart
Try me and know my thoughts
And see if there be any wicked way in me
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139 b

Oh Lord You have probed me and know me
You know when I sit and stand
My journeys and rest You scrutinize
With all my ways You know them all.

Behind me and before You hem me in
And rest Your hand upon me
Such knowledge is to wonderful for me
Too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from Your spirit
Your presence where can I flee
If I go to heavens You are there
If I sink to the neither world
You are present there.

Truly You have formed me
You knit me in my motherís womb
I am fearfully made
Made in secret, my soul You knew.
Your eyes have seen my actions

In Your book they are written
My days were limited before one existed
How weighty are Your designs
How vast the sum of them
I But I will still be with You.


About Psalm 139
David praises God for His all seeing providence.
To the Chief Musician.
A hymnic meditation of Godís omnipresence and omniscience. The Psalmist is keenly aware of Godís all knowing gaze and of Godís control over the psalmistís very self. There is only one place hostile to Godís rule- wicked people. This is one of my favorites. Love: Before me and behind You hem me in.
Lord, today we thank You for the gift of life, for knowing us and caring for us in the smallest details, cause us to be thankful for all Your love and care.

Psalm 139

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

139:1 Yahweh, you have searched me,
and you know me.
139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up.
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
but, behold, Yahweh, you know it altogether.
139:5 You hem me in behind and before.
You laid your hand on me.
139:6 This knowledge is beyond me.
Itís lofty.
I canít attain it.
139:7 Where could I go from your Spirit?
Or where could I flee from your presence?
139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there.
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there!
139:9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea;
139:10 Even there your hand will lead me,
and your right hand will hold me.
139:11 If I say, ďSurely the darkness will overwhelm me;
the light around me will be nightĒ;
139:12 even the darkness doesnít hide from you,
but the night shines as the day.
The darkness is like light to you.
139:13 For you formed my inmost being.
You knit me together in my motherís womb.
139:14 I will give thanks to you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful.
My soul knows that very well.
139:15 My frame wasnít hidden from you,
when I was made in secret,
woven together in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes saw my body.
In your book they were all written,
the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is their sum!
139:18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.
When I wake up, I am still with you.
139:19 If only you, God, would kill the wicked.
Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
139:20 For they speak against you wickedly.
Your enemies take your name in vain.
139:21 Yahweh, donít I hate those who hate you?
Am I not grieved with those who rise up against you?
139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred.
They have become my enemies.
139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart.
Try me, and know my thoughts.
139:24 See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the everlasting way.


Psalm 140

Deliver me from evil men
Preserve me for violent men
From those who devise evil in their hearts
And stir up wars every day.

They make their tongues sharp as serpents
The venom of asps on their lips
Save me lord from their wicked hands
Preserve me from violent men.

Grant not Lord the desires of the wicked
Further not their plans
O God ,my strength and salvation
You are my helmet in the battle.

I know the Lord renders justice
To the afflicted and judgment to the evil
Surely the just shall give thanks
The upright shall dwell in Your presence.


About Psalm 140

Prayer for Deliverance from the Wicked
A Psalm of David.
A lament seeking rescue from violent and treacherous foes. The Psalmist remains trusting, vigorously praying that the plans of the wicked recoil upon themselves.
A serene statement of praise ends the psalm.
Lord, help us call on You whenever there is a need, either for ourselves or others. Truly You are our helper and helmet in the dayís battles.

Psalm 140

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

140:1 Deliver me, Yahweh, from the evil man.
Preserve me from the violent man;
140:2 those who devise mischief in their hearts.
They continually gather themselves together for war.
140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent.
Viperís poison is under their lips.
140:4 Yahweh, keep me from the hands of the wicked.
Preserve me from the violent men who have determined to trip my feet.
140:5 The proud have hidden a snare for me,
they have spread the cords of a net by the path.
They have set traps for me.
140:6 I said to Yahweh, ďYou are my God.Ē
Listen to the cry of my petitions, Yahweh.
140:7 Yahweh, the Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
140:8 Yahweh, donít grant the desires of the wicked.
Donít let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud.
140:9 As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
140:10 Let burning coals fall on them.
Let them be thrown into the fire,
into miry pits, from where they never rise.
140:11 An evil speaker wonít be established in the earth.
Evil will hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
140:12 I know that Yahweh will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and justice for the needy.
140:13 Surely the righteous will give thanks to your name.
The upright will dwell in your presence.
Psalm 141

Let my prayer be set before Thee
As incense, as incense
And the lifting up of my hands
As the evening sacrifice, as the evening sacrifice.

Set a watch before my mouth ,O Lord
A guard --at the door of my lips
Let not my heart incline to evil
With those who do wrong
O Lord, I pray to You.

But my eyes are unto Thee O lord
O Lord my God, O Lord my God
In Thee do I trust -abandon me not
For my eyes are unto Thee.


About Psalm 141

A Psalm of David
Prayer for Deliverance from the Wicked
A lament of an individual who is keenly aware that only the righteous can worship God properly and who therefore prays to be protected from the doomed wicked.
Incense literally means smoke, the fragrant fumes arising from the altar at the burning of sacrificial animals or of aromatic spices, it is also used as a symbol of prayer.
Lord, let our prayers rise to You as incense, our lives and
families, our Nation also. You are the source of our longing, we are Yours.

Psalm 141

A Psalm by David.

141:1 Yahweh, I have called on you.
Come to me quickly!
Listen to my voice when I call to you.
141:2 Let my prayer be set before you like incense;
the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.
141:3 Set a watch, Yahweh, before my mouth.
Keep the door of my lips.
141:4 Donít incline my heart to any evil thing,
to practice deeds of wickedness with men who work iniquity.
Donít let me eat of their delicacies.
141:5 Let the righteous strike me, it is kindness;
let him reprove me, it is like oil on the head;
donít let my head refuse it;
Yet my prayer is always against evil deeds.
141:6 Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock.
They will hear my words, for they are well spoken.
141:7 ďAs when one plows and breaks up the earth,
our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol
141:8 For my eyes are on you, Yahweh, the Lord.
In you, I take refuge.
Donít leave my soul destitute.
141:9 Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me,
from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
141:10 Let the wicked fall together into their own nets,
while I pass by.


Psalm 142  

Lead me forth from prison
That I may give thanks to You
The just shall gather round me
When You have been good to me
Lead me forth from prison
That I may give You thanks
The just shall gather around me
When You have been good to me.

With a loud voice I cry out to Lord
With a loud voice I beseech Him
My complaints I pour out before Him
I lay bear my distress.

I look to the right to see
But no one pays me any mind
I have lost all means of escape
No one cares for my life.


About Psalm 142
A psalm of David when he was in the cave
In this lament imploring God for help , the psalmist tells how enemies have set a trap and prays for rescue. The speaker feels utterly alone, exhausted and may even be imprisoned. Prison is possible a metaphor for general distress. The last two verses are the vow of praise, made after receiving an assurance of divine help.
Lord, sometimes we feel like we are in a cave, imprisoned perhaps by our own undoing. Free us Lord, we cry for help, cause us to come to You and then give thanks.

Psalm 142

A contemplation by David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

142:1 I cry with my voice to Yahweh.
With my voice, I ask Yahweh for mercy.
142:2 I pour out my complaint before him.
I tell him my troubles.
142:3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
you knew my path.
In the way in which I walk,
they have hidden a snare for me.
142:4 Look on my right, and see;
for there is no one who is concerned for me.
Refuge has fled from me.
No one cares for my soul.
142:5 I cried to you, Yahweh.
I said, ďYou are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.Ē
142:6 Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need.
deliver me from my persecutors,
For they are stronger than me.
142:7 Bring my soul out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
The righteous will surround me,
for you will be good to me.


Psalm 143 

Teach me to do Your will
For You are my God
May Your good spirit guide me
On level ground.

O Lord hear my prayer
Hearken to my cry
In Your justice answer me
Before You no man is just.

Hasten to help me
For my spirit fails
Hide not Your Face from me
For in You I hope.

For Your Nameís sake preserve me
In Your justice free me
In Your kindness destroy them
Bring to naught my foes.


About Psalm 143

A Prayer in Distress

It is one of the seven Penitential Psalms, this lament is a prayer to be freed from death-desiring enemies. The Psalmist addresses God, aware that there is no equality between God and humans , salvation is a gift. Victimized by evil people the psalmist recites   Godís past actions on behalf of the innocent, the Psalm continues with fervent prayer and a strong desire for guidance and protection.

Lord, guide me today, help me to seek Your face in all the circumstances of my life. I love You.

Psalm 143

A Psalm by David.

Hear my prayer, O Lord;
     give ear to my pleas for mercy!
    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness!
Enter not into judgment with your servant,
    for no one living is righteous before you.

For the enemy has pursued my soul;
     he has crushed my life to the ground;
     he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.
Therefore my spirit faints within me;
    my heart within me is appalled.

I remember the days of old;
     I meditate on all that you have done;
    I ponder the work of your hands.
I stretch out my hands to you;
     my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Answer me quickly, O Lord!
     My spirit fails!
Hide not your face from me,
     lest I be like those who go down to the pit.
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,
    for in you I trust.
Make me know the way I should go,
     for to you I lift up my soul.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
    I have fled to you for refuge.
10  Teach me to do your will,
    for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
    on level ground!

11  For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
    In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
12 And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies,
    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
    for I am your servant.



Psalm 144 

Blessed be the Lord my Rock
My refuge and fortress
My stronghold, my deliverer
My shield in whom I trust.
Blessed be the Lord my Rock
My refuge, and my fortress
My stronghold, my deliverer
My shield in whom I trust.

1. What is man that you notice him?
Or the son of man You recognize
Man is like a breath in a passing shadow
Blessed are the ones whose God is Lord

2. Incline Your heavens and come down
Touch the mountains so that they will smoke
Flash forth lightening and scatter them
Rout your arrows to your foes

3. Reach... Your-handout from on high
Deliver and rescue me
From the hands of foreign foes
Whose mouths speak lies and falsehood.


About Psalm 144

A Prayer for Victory and Prosperity
Another psalm by David
The psalm may reflect a ceremony in which the king, as leader of the army, asked Godís help. In verse 9 the poem shifts abruptly from pleading to thanksgiving, and shifts again to a prayer for the people.
Except for its final section, the psalm is made up almost entirely of verses from other psalms.
Lord, thank You for your Word, today cause us to draw closer to You through our praise and prayer.

Psalm 144

By David.

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
     who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
he is my steadfast love and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield and he in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues peoples under me.

O Lord, what is man that you regard him,
    or the son of man that you think of him?
Man is like a breath;
    his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down!
     Touch the mountains so that they smoke!
Flash forth the lightning and scatter them;
     send out your arrows and rout them!
Stretch out your hand from on high;
     rescue me and deliver me from the many waters,
    from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to you, O God;
    upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,
10 who gives victory to kings,
    who rescues David his servant from the cruel sword.
11 Rescue me and deliver me
    from the hand of foreigners,
whose mouths speak lies
    and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

12 May our sons in their youth
    be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
    cut for the structure of a palace;
13  may our granaries be full,
     providing all kinds of produce;
may our sheep bring forth thousands
    and ten thousands in our fields;
14 may our cattle be heavy with young,
    suffering no mishap or failure in bearing;
may there be no cry of distress in our streets!
15  Blessed are the people to whom such blessings fall!
     Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!

Psalm 145 

Praises, sing praises to the lord
Praises sing praises to the Lord
Let the earth rejoice
Let the heavens proclaim
Let all creation sing Praise
Let all creation sing Praise.

Thy works shall praise Thee O Lord
Thy saints shall bless Thee O lord
They shall speak of the Glory of Thy Kingdom
And talk of Your power.

The Lord is faithful in all his words
And holy in all his works
The lord lifts up all the fallen
And raises those bowed down.

The eyes of all look to Him
You give them in due season
You open Your hand
And satisfy every living thing.

The lord is just in all His ways
And holy in all his works
The lord is near to those who call
To all who call in truth.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the lord
My mouth shall speak of His praise
And let all flesh bless His Name
For ever and ever.


Psalm 145

The greatness and Goodness of God
Praise of David.
A hymn in acrostic form; every verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet; the singer invites all to praise God. The works of God make God present and invite human praise (verses 4-7) they climax in confession (8-9) Godís mighty acts show forth divine kingship , a major theme in the literature of early Judaism and in Christianity.
Lord, we bless You and worship You today and all the days of our lives, truly You are manifested in creation all around us. We see Your beauty and intelligence beside us and above us each day. Thank You.

Psalm 145

A praise psalm by David.

145:1 I will exalt you, my God, the King.
I will praise your name forever and ever.
145:2 Every day I will praise you.
I will extol your name forever and ever.
145:3 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised!
His greatness is unsearchable.
145:4 One generation will commend your works to another,
and will declare your mighty acts.
145:5 Of the glorious majesty of your honor,
of your wondrous works, I will meditate.
145:6 Men will speak of the might of your awesome acts.
I will declare your greatness.
145:7 They will utter the memory of your great goodness,
and will sing of your righteousness.
145:8 Yahweh is gracious, merciful,
slow to anger, and of great loving kindness.
145:9 Yahweh is good to all.
His tender mercies are over all his works.
145:10 All your works will give thanks to you, Yahweh.
Your saints will extol you.
145:11 They will speak of the glory of your kingdom,
and talk about your power;
145:12 to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts,
the glory of the majesty of his kingdom.
145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Yahweh is faithful in all his words,
and loving in all his deeds.
145:14 Yahweh upholds all who fall,
and raises up all those who are bowed down.
145:15 The eyes of all wait for you.
You give them their food in due season.
145:16 You open your hand,
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
145:17 Yahweh is righteous in all his ways,
and gracious in all his works.
145:18 Yahweh is near to all those who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear him.
He also will hear their cry, and will save them.
145:20 Yahweh preserves all those who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy.
145:21 My mouth will speak the praise of Yahweh.
Let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.


Psalm 146  

Happy he whose help is the Lord
In the God of Jacob
Whose help is in the Lord
The Lord his God.

Who made heaven and earth
The sea and all in them
Secures justice for the oppressed
Food to the hungry.

The Lord sets captives free
Lord gives sight to the blind
Raises up those bowed down
The Lord loves the just.

The Lord protects strangers
Fatherless and widow
But the way of the wicked He thwarts
The Lord shall reign forever.


Psalm 146

Trust in God the Creator and Redeemer
A hymn of someone who has learned there is no other source of strength except the merciful God. Only God, not mortal humans can help vulnerable and oppressed humans .
This is the first of the five hymns that conclude the Psalter (Psalms)
Lord, all praise and honor and glory are due Your Name, You are creator and Redeemer. I love verse 2- I shall praise the Lord all my life, sing praises to my God while I live. Open the eyes of our hearts to see You more clearly, Your Creation and Your Majesty.

Psalm 146

146:1 Praise Yah!
Praise Yahweh, my soul.
146:2 While I live, I will praise Yahweh.
I will sing praises to my God as long as I exist.
146:3 Donít put your trust in princes,
each a son of man in whom there is no help.
146:4 His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth.
In that very day, his thoughts perish.
146:5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in Yahweh, his God:
146:6 who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who keeps truth forever;
146:7 who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
Yahweh frees the prisoners.
146:8 Yahweh opens the eyes of the blind.
Yahweh raises up those who are bowed down.
Yahweh loves the righteous.
146:9 Yahweh preserves the foreigners.
He upholds the fatherless and widow,
but the way of the wicked he turns upside down.
146:10 Yahweh will reign forever;
your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise Yah!


Psalm 147  

Praise the Lord for He is good
Sing praise to our God
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem
The dispersed of the Lord gather.

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds
He tells the number of the stars
He calls each by name.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving
Sing praise on the harp
To Him who covers the heavens with clouds
Who provides rain for the earth.

He has granted peace in your borders
With the best of wheat he fills you
He sends forth His commands
Swiftly runs His word.


Psalm 147

Godís Word Restores Jerusalem
This hymn is divided into three sections by the calls to praise in 1,7,12.The first section praises the powerful creator who restores exiled Judah; the second section, the creator who provides food to animals and humans; the third and climactic section exhorts the holy city to recognize it has been re-created and made the place of disclosure for Godís Word, a word as life-giving water.
Lord, we celebrate Your glory and majesty if songs of praise, You do wondrous things, heal our broken hearts, bind up our wounds. Only You can restore us to a right relationship with You, we desire to be Your holy people, a people like You, our Father.

Psalm 147

147:1 Praise Yah,
for it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant and fitting to praise him.
147:2 Yahweh builds up Jerusalem.
He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
147:3 He heals the broken in heart,
and binds up their wounds.
147:4 He counts the number of the stars.
He calls them all by their names.
147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.
His understanding is infinite.
147:6 Yahweh upholds the humble.
He brings the wicked down to the ground.
147:7 Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving.
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
147:8 who covers the sky with clouds,
who prepares rain for the earth,
who makes grass grow on the mountains.
147:9 He provides food for the livestock,
and for the young ravens when they call.
147:10 He doesnít delight in the strength of the horse.
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
147:11 Yahweh takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his loving kindness.
147:12 Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
147:13 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates.
He has blessed your children within you.
147:14 He makes peace in your borders.
He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
147:15 He sends out his commandment to the earth.
His word runs very swiftly.
147:16 He gives snow like wool,
and scatters frost like ashes.
147:17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can stand before his cold?
147:18 He sends out his word, and melts them.
He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
147:19 He shows his word to Jacob;
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
147:20 He has not done this for just any nation.
They donít know his ordinances.
Praise Yah!
Psalm 148  

Praise the Lord from the Heavens
Praise Him in the Heights
Praise Him all you angels
Praise all His Hosts.

Praise Him, sun and moon
Praise Him, shining stars
Praise Him, highest heavens
Waters above, Praise the lord.

Praise ye mountains and hills
Fruit trees and cedars
Wild beasts and animals
Creeping things and winged fowl.

Let them praise the name of the Lord
For he commanded them
He established them forever
Gave a duty forever.


Psalm 148

All Creation Summoned to Praise
A hymn inviting the beings of heaven and of earth to praise God. Whenever one sees the word ďhornsĒ used it means strength, the concrete noun for the abstract. Of all peoples God has chosen Israel to return praise and thanks in a special way.
It has 14 verses which cover all creation, heavens and earth- all living things and us.
Lord, we bow before Your Majesty at who You are and what You have given us. Cut away the inertia, the dullness of our minds so that we can stand in awe and reverence before You. Thank You for all You have given and created for us, Your people.

Psalm 148

148:1 Praise Yah!
Praise Yahweh from the heavens!
Praise him in the heights!
148:2 Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all his army!
148:3 Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you shining stars!
148:4 Praise him, you heavens of heavens,
You waters that are above the heavens.
148:5 Let them praise the name of Yahweh,
For he commanded, and they were created.
148:6 He has also established them forever and ever.
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
148:7 Praise Yahweh from the earth,
you great sea creatures, and all depths!
148:8 Lightning and hail, snow and clouds;
stormy wind, fulfilling his word;
148:9 mountains and all hills;
fruit trees and all cedars;
148:10 wild animals and all livestock;
small creatures and flying birds;
148:11 kings of the earth and all peoples;
princes and all judges of the earth;
148:12 both young men and maidens;
old men and children:
148:13 let them praise the name of Yahweh,
for his name alone is exalted.
His glory is above the earth and the heavens.
148:14 He has lifted up the horn of his people,
the praise of all his saints;
even of the children of Israel, a people near to him.
Praise Yah!


Psalm 149  

Sing a new song unto the lord
Sing a new song unto the Lord
Sing a new song to the Lord
Sing a new song unto the Lord
Sing a new song unto the Lord
Sing a new song to the Lord.

Let Israel
Be glad in the lord
Let the children of Zion rejoice
Let them praise His Name
In the festive dance
Let them sing praises to the King.

For the Lord God
Loves His people
Adorns the lowly with victory
Let the faithful exult
And sing with joy
Let the high praises of God be in their mouths.


Psalm 149

This is "a new song", evidently intended for the new creation, and the men who are of new heart. It is such a song as may be sung at the coming of the Lord, when the new dispensation shall bring overthrow to the wicked and honor to all the saints. The tone is exceedingly jubilant and exultant. All through one hears the beat of the feet of dancing maidens, keeping time to the timbrel and harp.

Psalm 149

149:1 Praise Yahweh!
Sing to Yahweh a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the saints.
149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him who made them.
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance!
Let them sing praises to him with tambourine and harp!
149:4 For Yahweh takes pleasure in his people.
He crowns the humble with salvation.
149:5 Let the saints rejoice in honor.
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
149:6 May the high praises of God be in their mouths,
and a two-edged sword in their hand;
149:7 To execute vengeance on the nations,
and punishments on the peoples;
149:8 To bind their kings with chains,
and their nobles with fetters of iron;
149:9 to execute on them the written judgment.
All his saints have this honor.
Praise Yah!
Psalm 150 

Praise the Lord in the sanctuary
Praise Him in his mighty strength
Praise Him for His mighty deeds
Praise Him for His Majesty.

Praise Him with blast of trumpets
Praise Him with lyre and harp
Praise Him with timbrel and dance
Praise Him with strings and pipes.

Praise Him with sounding symbols
Praise Him with clanging symbols
Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord- AlleluiaÖ..


Psalm 150

Final Doxology

This psalm is a closing doxology both for the fifth book of the Psalms (107-149) and for the Psalter as a whole. Temple musicians and dancers are called to lead all beings on earth and in heaven in praise of God.
Lord, we give You praise for all You have given, we praise You for Your beautiful creation, plants, animals, oceans, fish, stars, moon, sun; for all life especially for sending Jesus to be our Redeemer and restore us to eternal glory and happiness with You .We thank You for songs to sing to give you praise, for music that only You can conceive, for instruments to praise Your glory, for bodies to express our joy and appreciation in dance. Let all Creation praise and acknowledge You, Lord, Creator, our Father. Thank you .Amen.

Psalm 150

150:1 Praise Yah!
Praise God in his sanctuary!
Praise him in his heavens for his acts of power!
150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts!
Praise him according to his excellent greatness!
150:3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet!
Praise him with harp and lyre!
150:4 Praise him with tambourine and dancing!
Praise him with stringed instruments and flute!
150:5 Praise him with loud cymbals!
Praise him with resounding cymbals!
150:6 Let everything that has breath praise Yah!
Praise Yah!

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