Praise for the LORD's Benefits

1031 Give praise to the Lord, O my soul; let everything in me give praise to his holy name. 2 Give praise to the Lord, O my soul; let not all his blessings go from your memory. 3 He has forgiveness for all your sins; he takes away all your diseases; 4 He keeps back your life from destruction, crowning you with mercy and grace. 5 He makes your mouth full of good things, so that your strength is made new again like the eagle's.

6 The Lord gives decisions in righteousness for all who are in trouble. 7 He gave knowledge of his way to Moses, and made his acts clear to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is kind and full of pity, not quickly made angry, but ever ready to have mercy. 9 His feeling will no longer be bitter; he will not keep his wrath for ever. 10 He has not given us the punishment for our sins, or the reward of our wrongdoing. 11 For as the heaven is high over the earth, so great is his mercy to his worshippers. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our sins from us. 13 As a father has pity on his children, so the Lord has pity on his worshippers. 14 For he has knowledge of our feeble frame; he sees that we are only dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field. 16 The wind goes over it and it is gone; and its place sees it no longer. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is eternal for his worshippers, and their children's children will see his righteousness; 18 If they keep his agreement, and have his laws in mind to do them.

19 The Lord has made ready his high seat in the heavens; his kingdom is ruling over all. 20 Give praise to the Lord, you his angels, who are great in strength, doing his orders, and waiting for his voice. 21 Give praise to the Lord, all you his armies; and you his servants who do his pleasure. 22 Give praise to the Lord, all his works, in all places under his rule: give praise to the Lord, O my soul.

The LORD's Care for His Creation

1041 Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great; you are robed with honour and power. 2 You are clothed with light as with a robe; stretching out the heavens like a curtain: 3 The arch of your house is based on the waters; you make the clouds your carriage; you go on the wings of the wind: 4 He makes winds his angels, and flames of fire his servants. 5 He has made the earth strong on its bases, so that it may not be moved for ever and ever; 6 Covering it with the sea as with a robe: the waters were high over the mountains; 7 At the voice of your word they went in flight; at the sound of your thunder they went away in fear; 8 The mountains came up and the valleys went down into the place which you had made ready for them. 9 You made a limit over which they might not go, so that the earth would never again be covered by them.

10 You sent the springs into the valleys; they are flowing between the hills. 11 They give drink to every beast of the field; the mountain asses come to them for water. 12 The birds of the air have their resting-places by them, and make their song among the branches. 13 He sends down rain from his store-houses on the hills: the earth is full of the fruit of his works. 14 He makes the grass come up for the cattle, and plants for the use of man; so that bread may come out of the earth; 15 And wine to make glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face shining, and bread giving strength to his heart. 16 The trees of the Lord are full of growth, the cedars of Lebanon of his planting; 17 Where the birds have their resting-places; as for the stork, the tall trees are her house. 18 The high hills are a safe place for the mountain goats, and the rocks for the small beasts.

19 He made the moon for a sign of the divisions of the year; teaching the sun the time of its going down. 20 When you make it dark, it is night, when all the beasts of the woods come quietly out of their secret places. 21 The young lions go thundering after their food; searching for their meat from God. 22 The sun comes up, and they come together, and go back to their secret places to take their rest. 23 Man goes out to his work, and to his business, till the evening. 24 O Lord, how great is the number of your works! in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of the things you have made. 25 There is the great, wide sea, where there are living things, great and small, more than may be numbered. 26 There go the ships; there is that great beast, which you have made as a plaything. 27 All of them are waiting for you, to give them their food in its time. 28 They take what you give them; they are full of the good things which come from your open hand. 29 If your face is veiled, they are troubled; when you take away their breath, they come to an end, and go back to the dust. 30 If you send out your spirit, they are given life; you make new the face of the earth.

31 Let the glory of the Lord be for ever; let the Lord have joy in his works: 32 At whose look the earth is shaking; at whose touch the mountains send out smoke. 33 I will make songs to the Lord all my life; I will make melody to my God while I have my being. 34 Let my thoughts be sweet to him: I will be glad in the Lord. 35 Let sinners be cut off from the earth, and let all evil-doers come to an end. Give praise to the Lord, O my soul. Give praise to the Lord.

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

21 And when I came to you, my brothers, I did not come with wise words of knowledge, putting before you the secret of God. 2 For I had made the decision to have knowledge of nothing among you but only of Jesus Christ on the cross. 3 And I was with you without strength, in fear and in doubt. 4 And in my preaching there were no honeyed words of wisdom, but I was dependent on the power of the Spirit to make it clear to you: 5 So that your faith might be based not on man's wisdom but on the power of God.

The Revelation by God's Spirit

6 But still we have wisdom for those who are complete in knowledge, though not the wisdom of this world, and not of the rulers of this world, who are coming to nothing: 7 But we give the news of the secret wisdom of God, which he had kept in store before the world came into existence, for our glory; 8 Of which not one of the rulers of this world had knowledge: for if they had, they would not have put the Lord of glory on the cross: 9 But as it says in the holy Writings, Things which the eye saw not, and which had not come to the ears or into the heart of man, such things as God has made ready for those who have love for him. 10 But God has given us the revelation of these things through his Spirit, for the Spirit makes search into all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who has knowledge of the things of a man but the spirit of the man which is in him? in the same way, no one has knowledge of the things of God but the Spirit of God. 12 But we have not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which comes from God, so that we may have knowledge of the things which are freely given to us by God. 13 And these are the things which we say, not in the language of man's wisdom, but in words given to us by the Spirit, judging the things of the spirit by the help of the Spirit. 14 For the natural man is not able to take in the things of the Spirit of God: for they seem foolish to him, and he is not able to have knowledge of them, because such knowledge comes only through the Spirit. 15 But he who has the Spirit, though judging all things, is himself judged by no one. 16 For who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord, so as to be his teacher? But we have the mind of Christ.