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
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!