Psalm 102-104 New American Standard Bible

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A Cry in Distress

102 Hear my prayer , O Lord ! And let my cry for help come to You. 2  Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress ; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly . 3  For my days have been consumed in smoke , And my bones have been scorched like a hearth . 4  My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed , I forget to eat my bread . 5  Because of the loudness of my groaning My bones cling to my flesh . 6  I resemble a pelican of the wilderness ; I have become like an owl of the waste places . 7  I lie awake , I have become like a lonely bird on a housetop . 8  My enemies have reproached me all day long; Those who deride me have used my name as a curse . 9  For I have eaten ashes like bread And mingled my drink with weeping 10  Because e of Your indignation and Your wrath , For You have lifted me up and cast me away . 11  My days are like a lengthened shadow , And I wither away like grass .

12  But You, O Lord , abide forever , And Your name to all generations . 13  You will arise and have compassion on Zion ; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come . 14  Surely Your servants find pleasure in her stones And feel pity for her dust . 15  So the nations will fear the name of the Lord And all the kings of the earth Your glory . 16  For the Lord has built up Zion ; He has appeared in His glory . 17  He has regarded the prayer of the destitute And has not despised their prayer . 18  This will be written for the generation to come , That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord . 19  For He looked down from His holy height ; From heaven the Lord gazed upon the earth , 20  To hear the groaning of the prisoner , To set free those who were doomed to death , 21  That men may tell of the name of the Lord in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem , 22  When the peoples are gathered together , And the kingdoms , to serve the Lord .

23  He has weakened my strength in the way ; He has shortened my days . 24  I say , "O my God , do not take me away in the midst of my days , Your years are throughout all generations . 25  "Of old You founded the earth , And the heavens are the work of Your hands . 26  "Even they will perish , but You endure ; And all of them will wear out like a garment ; Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed . 27  "But You are the same , And Your years will not come to an end . 28  "The children of Your servants will continue , And their descendants will be established before You."

Praise for the LORD's Benefits

103 Bless the Lord , O my soul , And all that is within me, bless His holy name . 2  Bless the Lord , O my soul , And forget none e of His benefits ; 3  Who pardons all your iniquities , Who heals all your diseases ; 4  Who redeems your life from the pit , Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion ; 5  Who satisfies your years with good things , So that your youth is renewed like the eagle .

6  The Lord performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed . 7  He made known His ways to Moses , His acts to the sons of Israel . 8  The Lord is compassionate and gracious , Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness . 9  He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever . 10  He has not dealt with us according to our sins , Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities . 11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth , So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12  As far as the east is from the west , So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13  Just as a father has compassion on his children , So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. 14  For He Himself knows our frame ; He is mindful that we are but dust . 15  As for man , his days are like grass ; As a flower of the field , so he flourishes . 16  When the wind has passed over it, it is no more , And its place acknowledges it no longer . 17  But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children , 18  To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them.

19  The Lord has established His throne in the heavens , And His sovereignty rules over all . 20  Bless the Lord , you His angels , Mighty in strength , who perform His word , Obeying the voice of His word ! 21  Bless the Lord , all you His hosts , You who serve Him, doing His will . 22  Bless the Lord , all you works of His, In all places of His dominion ; Bless the Lord , O my soul !

The LORD's Care for His Creation

104 Bless the Lord , O my soul ! O Lord my God , You are very great ; You are clothed with splendor and majesty , 2  Covering Yourself with light as with a cloak , Stretching out heaven like a tent curtain . 3  He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters ; He makes the clouds His chariot ; He walks upon the wings of the wind ; 4  He makes the winds His messengers , Flaming fire His ministers . 5  He established the earth upon its foundations , So that it will not totter forever and ever . 6  You covered it with the deep as with a garment ; The waters were standing above the mountains . 7  At Your rebuke they fled , At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away . 8  The mountains rose ; the valleys sank down To the place which You established for them. 9  You set a boundary that they may not pass over , So that they will not return to cover the earth .

10  He sends forth springs in the valleys ; They flow between the mountains ; 11  They give drink to every beast of the field ; The wild donkeys quench their thirst . 12  Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell ; They lift up their voices among e the branches . 13  He waters the mountains from His upper chambers ; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works . 14  He causes the grass to grow for the cattle , And vegetation for the labor of man , So that he may bring forth food from the earth , 15  And wine which makes man's heart glad , So that he may make his face glisten with oil , And food which sustains man's heart . 16  The trees of the Lord drink their fill , The cedars of Lebanon which He planted , 17  Where e the birds build their nests , And the stork , whose home is the fir trees . 18  The high mountains are for the wild goats ; The cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim .

19  He made the moon for the seasons ; The sun knows the place of its setting . 20  You appoint darkness and it becomes night , In which all the beasts of the forest prowl about . 21  The young lions roar after their prey And seek their food from God . 22  When the sun rises they withdraw And lie down in their dens . 23  Man goes forth to his work And to his labor until evening . 24  O Lord , how many are Your works ! In wisdom You have made them all ; The earth is full of Your possessions . 25  There is the sea , great and broad , In which are swarms without number , Animals both small and great . 26  There the ships move along, And Leviathan , which You have formed to sport in it. 27  They all wait for You To give them their food in due season . 28  You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand , they are satisfied with good . 29  You hide Your face , they are dismayed ; You take away their spirit , they expire And return to their dust . 30  You send forth Your Spirit , they are created ; And You renew the face of the ground .

31  Let the glory of the Lord endure forever ; Let the Lord be glad in His works ; 32  He looks at the earth , and it trembles ; He touches the mountains , and they smoke . 33  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live ; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34  Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord . 35  Let sinners be consumed from the earth And let the wicked be no more . Bless the Lord , O my soul . Praise the Lord !

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