Psalm 111-118 The Message Bible

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The LORD's Care for His People

111 1  Hallelujah! I give thanks to God with everything I've got - Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation. 2  God's works are so great, worth A lifetime of study - endless enjoyment! 3  Splendor and beauty mark his craft; His generosity never gives out. 4  His miracles are his memorial - This God of Grace, this God of Love. 5  He gave food to those who fear him, He remembered to keep his ancient promise.

6  He proved to his people that he could do what he said: Hand them the nations on a platter - a gift! 7  He manufactures truth and justice; All his products are guaranteed to last - 8  Never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof. All that he makes and does is honest and true: 9  He paid the ransom for his people, He ordered his Covenant kept forever. He's so personal and holy, worthy of our respect. 10  The good life begins in the fear of God - Do that and you'll know the blessing of God. His Hallelujah lasts forever!

The Prosperity of Him Who Fears the LORD

112 1  Hallelujah! Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God, Who cherish and relish his commandments, 2  Their children robust on the earth, And the homes of the upright - how blessed! 3  Their houses brim with wealth And a generosity that never runs dry. 4  Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people - God's grace and mercy and justice! 5  The good person is generous and lends lavishly;

6  No shuffling or stumbling around for this one, But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation. 7  Unfazed by rumor and gossip, Heart ready, trusting in God, 8  Spirit firm, unperturbed, Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies, 9  They lavish gifts on the poor - A generosity that goes on, and on, and on. An honored life! A beautiful life! 10  Someone wicked takes one look and rages, Blusters away but ends up speechless. There's nothing to the dreams of the wicked. Nothing.

Praise for Exalting the Humble

113 1  Hallelujah! You who serve God, praise God! Just to speak his name is praise! 2  Just to remember God is a blessing - now and tomorrow and always. 3  From east to west, from dawn to dusk, keep lifting all your praises to God! 4  God is higher than anything and anyone, outshining everything you can see in the skies. 5  Who can compare with God, our God, so majestically enthroned, 6  Surveying his magnificent heavens and earth? 7  He picks up the poor from out of the dirt, rescues the wretched who've been thrown out with the trash, 8  Seats them among the honored guests, a place of honor among the brightest and best. 9  He gives childless couples a family, gives them joy as the parents of children. Hallelujah!

The Wonders of the Exodus

114 1  After Israel left Egypt, the clan of Jacob left those barbarians behind; 2  Judah became holy land for him, Israel the place of holy rule. 3  Sea took one look and ran the other way; River Jordan turned around and ran off. 4  The mountains turned playful and skipped like rams, the hills frolicked like spring lambs. 5  What's wrong with you, Sea, that you ran away? and you, River Jordan, that you turned and ran off? 6  And mountains, why did you skip like rams? and you, hills, frolic like spring lambs? 7  Tremble, Earth! You're in the Lord's presence! in the presence of Jacob's God. 8  He turned the rock into a pool of cool water, turned flint into fresh spring water.

God and the Idols

115 1  Not for our sake, God, no, not for our sake, but for your name's sake, show your glory. Do it on account of your merciful love, do it on account of your faithful ways. 2  Do it so none of the nations can say, "Where now, oh where is their God?" 3  Our God is in heaven doing whatever he wants to do. 4  Their gods are metal and wood, handmade in a basement shop: 5  Carved mouths that can't talk, painted eyes that can't see, 6  Tin ears that can't hear, molded noses that can't smell, 7  Hands that can't grasp, feet that can't walk or run, throats that never utter a sound. 8  Those who make them have become just like them, have become just like the gods they trust.

9  But you, Israel: put your trust in God! - trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 10  Clan of Aaron, trust in God! - trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 11  You who fear God, trust in God! - trust your Helper! trust your Ruler! 12  O God, remember us and bless us, bless the families of Israel and Aaron. 13  And let God bless all who fear God - bless the small, bless the great. 14  Oh, let God enlarge your families - giving growth to you, growth to your children. 15  May you be blessed by God, by God, who made heaven and earth. 16  The heaven of heavens is for God, but he put us in charge of the earth. 17  Dead people can't praise God - not a word to be heard from those buried in the ground. 18  But we bless God, oh yes - we bless him now, we bless him always! Hallelujah!

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

116 1  I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. 2  He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. 3  Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn't know which way to turn; 4  then I called out to God for help: "Please, God!" I cried out. "Save my life!" 5  God is gracious - it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. 6  God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. 7  I said to myself, "Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. 8  Soul, you've been rescued from death; Eye, you've been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling." 9  I'm striding in the presence of God, alive in the land of the living!

10  I stayed faithful, though bedeviled, and despite a ton of bad luck, 11  Despite giving up on the human race, saying, "They're all liars and cheats." 12  What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me? 13  I'll lift high the cup of salvation - a toast to God! I'll pray in the name of God; 14  I'll complete what I promised God I'd do, and I'll do it together with his people. 15  When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. 16  Oh, God, here I am, your servant, your faithful servant: set me free for your service! 17  I'm ready to offer the thanksgiving sacrifice and pray in the name of God. 18  I'll complete what I promised God I'd do, and I'll do it in company with his people, 19  In the place of worship, in God's house, in Jerusalem, God's city. Hallelujah!

Praise for the LORD's Merciful Kindness

117 1  Praise God, everybody! Applaud God, all people! 2  His love has taken over our lives; God's faithful ways are eternal. Hallelujah!

Thanksgiving for the LORD's Salvation

118 1  Thank God because he's good, because his love never quits. 2  Tell the world, Israel, "His love never quits." 3  And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world, "His love never quits." 4  And you who fear God, join in, "His love never quits." 5  Pushed to the wall, I called to God; from the wide open spaces, he answered. 6  God's now at my side and I'm not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me? 7  God's my strong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies. 8  Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; 9  Far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities. 10  Hemmed in by barbarians, in God's name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; 11  Hemmed in and with no way out, in God's name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; 12  Like swarming bees, like wild prairie fire, they hemmed me in; in God's name I rubbed their faces in the dirt. 13  I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, when God grabbed and held me. 14  God's my strength, he's also my song, and now he's my salvation. 15  Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? "The hand of God has turned the tide! 16  The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide!" 17  I didn't die. I lived! And now I'm telling the world what God did. 18  God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn't hand me over to Death.

19  Swing wide the city gates - the righteous gates! I'll walk right through and thank God! 20  This Temple Gate belongs to God, so the victors can enter and praise. 21  Thank you for responding to me; you've truly become my salvation! 22  The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! 23  This is God's work. We rub our eyes - we can hardly believe it! 24  This is the very day God acted - let's celebrate and be festive! 25  Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God - a free and full life! 26  Blessed are you who enter in God's name - from God's house we bless you! 27  God is God, he has bathed us in light. Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar! 28  You're my God, and I thank you. O my God, I lift high your praise. 29  Thank God - he's so good. His love never quits!

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