Psalm 115-118 New Revised Standard Version

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God and the Idols

115 1  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 2  Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" 3  Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases. 4  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 5  They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. 6  They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. 7  They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; they make no sound in their throats. 8  Those who make them are like them; so are all who trust in them.

9  O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 10  O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 11  You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 12  The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; 13  he will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. 14  May the Lord give you increase, both you and your children. 15  May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 16  The heavens are the Lord's heavens, but the earth he has given to human beings. 17  The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any that go down into silence. 18  But we will bless the Lord from this time on and forevermore. Praise the Lord!

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

116 1  I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. 2  Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3  The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4  Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I pray, save my life!" 5  Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6  The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7  Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8  For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9  I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

10  I kept my faith, even when I said, "I am greatly afflicted"; 11  I said in my consternation, "Everyone is a liar." 12  What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? 13  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14  I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15  Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful ones. 16  O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the child of your serving girl. You have loosed my bonds. 17  I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice and call on the name of the Lord. 18  I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19  in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

Praise for the LORD's Merciful Kindness

117 1  Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! 2  For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!

Thanksgiving for the LORD's Salvation

118 1  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! 2  Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 3  Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 4  Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever." 5  Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6  With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? 7  The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals. 9  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. 10  All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11  They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12  They surrounded me like bees; they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13  I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14  The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 15  There are glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the Lord does valiantly; 16  the right hand of the Lord is exalted; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly." 17  I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18  The Lord has punished me severely, but he did not give me over to death.

19  Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20  This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21  I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22  The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23  This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25  Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 26  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27  The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar. 28  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you. 29  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

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