Praise for God's Bounty in Nature

651 A Song. To Thee, silence—praise, O God, 'is' in Zion, And to Thee is a vow completed. 2 Hearer of prayer, to Thee all flesh cometh. 3 Matters of iniquities were mightier than I, Our transgressions—Thou dost cover them. 4 O the happiness of 'him whom' Thou choosest, And drawest near, he inhabiteth Thy courts, We are satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple. 5 By fearful things in righteousness Thou answerest us, O God of our salvation, The confidence of all far off ends of earth and sea.

6 Establishing mountains by His power, He hath been girded with might, 7 Restraining the noise of seas, the noise of their billows, And the multitude of the peoples. 8 And the inhabitants of the uttermost parts From Thy signs are afraid, The outgoings of morning and evening Thou causest to sing. 9 Thou hast inspected the earth, and waterest it, Thou makest it very rich, the rivulet of God 'is' full of water, Thou preparest their corn, When thus Thou dost prepare it, 10 Its ridges have been filled, Deepened hath been its furrow, With showers Thou dost soften it, Its springing up Thou blessest. 11 Thou hast crowned the year of Thy goodness, And Thy paths drop fatness. 12 Drop do the pastures of a wilderness, And joy of the heights Thou girdest on. 13 Clothed have lambs the flock, And valleys are covered with corn, They shout—yea, they sing!

Praise for God's Mighty Deeds

661 Shout ye to God, all the earth. 2 Praise ye the honour of His name, Make ye honourable His praise. 3 Say to God, 'How fearful 'are' Thy works, By the abundance of Thy strength, Thine enemies feign obedience to Thee. 4 All the earth do bow to Thee, They sing praise to Thee, they praise Thy name.' Selah. 5 Come ye, and see the works of God, Fearful acts toward the sons of men. 6 He hath turned a sea to dry land, Through a river they pass over on foot, There do we rejoice in Him. 7 Ruling by His might to the age, His eyes among the nations do watch, The refractory exalt not themselves. Selah.

8 Bless, ye peoples, our God, And sound the voice of His praise, 9 Who hath placed our soul in life, And suffered not our feet to be moved. 10 For Thou hast tried us, O God, Thou hast refined us as the refining of silver. 11 Thou hast brought us into a net, Thou hast placed pressure on our loins. 12 Thou hast caused man to ride at our head. We have entered into fire and into water, And Thou bringest us out to a watered place.

13 I enter Thy house with burnt-offerings, I complete to Thee my vows, 14 For opened were my lips, And my mouth spake in my distress: 15 'Burnt-offerings of fatlings I offer to Thee, With perfume of rams, I prepare a bullock with he-goats.' Selah. 16 Come, hear, all ye who fear God, And I recount what he did for my soul. 17 Unto Him 'with' my mouth I have called, And exaltation 'is' under my tongue. 18 Iniquity, if I have seen in my heart, The Lord doth not hear. 19 But God hath heard, He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed 'is' God, Who hath not turned aside my prayer, And His loving-kindness, from me!

The Nations Exhorted to Praise God

671 God doth favour us and bless us, Doth cause His face to shine with us. Selah. 2 For the knowledge in earth of Thy way, among all nations of Thy salvation. 3 Praise Thee do peoples, O God, Praise Thee do peoples, all of them. 4 Rejoice and sing do nations, For Thou judgest peoples uprightly, And peoples on earth comfortest. Selah. 5 Confess Thee do peoples, O God, Confess Thee do peoples—all of them. 6 Earth hath given her increase, God doth bless us—our God, 7 God doth bless us, and all ends of earth fear Him!

A Cry of Distress

691 To the Overseer.—'On the Lilies,' by David. Save me, O God, for come have waters unto the soul. 2 I have sunk in deep mire, And there is no standing, I have come into the depths of the waters, And a flood hath overflown me. 3 I have been wearied with my calling, Burnt hath been my throat, Consumed have been mine eyes, waiting for my God. 4 Those hating me without cause Have been more than the hairs of my head, Mighty have been my destroyers, My lying enemies, That which I took not away—I bring back. 5 O God, Thou—Thou hast known Concerning my overturn, And my desolations from Thee have not been hid. 6 Let not those waiting on Thee be ashamed because of me, O Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Let not those seeking Thee Blush because of me, O God of Israel. 7 For because of Thee I have borne reproach, Shame hath covered my face. 8 A stranger I have been to my brother, And a foreigner to sons of my mother. 9 For zeal for Thy house hath consumed me, And the reproaches of Thy reproachers Have fallen upon me. 10 And I weep in the fasting of my soul, And it is for a reproach to me. 11 And I make my clothing sackcloth, And I am to them for a simile. 12 Those sitting at the gate meditate concerning me, And those drinking strong drink, Play on instruments.

13 And I—my prayer 'is' to Thee, O Jehovah, A time of good pleasure, O God, In the abundance of Thy kindness, Answer me in the truth of Thy salvation. 14 Deliver me from the mire, and let me not sink, Let me be delivered from those hating me, And from deep places of waters. 15 Let not a flood of waters overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up, Nor let the pit shut her mouth upon me. 16 Answer me, O Jehovah, for good 'is' Thy kindness, According to the abundance Of Thy mercies turn Thou unto me, 17 And hide not Thy face from Thy servant, For I am in distress—haste, answer me. 18 Be near unto my soul—redeem it, Because of mine enemies ransom me. 19 Thou—Thou hast known my reproach, And my shame, and my blushing, Before Thee 'are' all mine adversaries. 20 Reproach hath broken my heart, and I am sick, And I look for a bemoaner, and there is none, And for comforters, and I have found none. 21 And they give for my food gall, And for my thirst cause me to drink vinegar.

22 Their table before them is for a snare, And for a recompence—for a trap. 23 Darkened are their eyes from seeing, And their loins continually shake Thou. 24 Pour upon them Thine indignation, And the fierceness of Thine anger doth seize them. 25 Their tower is desolated, In their tents there is no dweller. 26 For they have pursued him Thou hast smitten, And recount of the pain of Thy pierced ones. 27 Give punishment for their iniquity, And they enter not into Thy righteousness. 28 They are blotted out of the book of life, And with the righteous are not written. 29 And I 'am' afflicted and pained, Thy salvation, O God, doth set me on high.

30 I praise the name of God with a song, And I magnify Him with thanksgiving, 31 And it is better to Jehovah than an ox, A bullock—horned—hoofed. 32 The humble have seen—they rejoice, Ye who seek God—and your heart liveth. 33 For Jehovah hearkeneth unto the needy, And His bound ones He hath not despised. 34 The heavens and earth do praise Him, Seas, and every moving thing in them. 35 For God doth save Zion, And doth build the cities of Judah, And they have dwelt there, and possess it. 36 And the seed of His servants inherit it, And those loving His name dwell in it!

A Prayer for Deliverance

701 To the Overseer, by David.—'To cause to remember.' O God, to deliver me, O Jehovah, for my help, haste. 2 Let them be ashamed and confounded Who are seeking my soul, Let them be turned backward and blush Who are desiring my evil. 3 Let them turn back because of their shame, Who are saying, 'Aha, aha.' 4 Let all those seeking Thee joy and be glad in Thee, And let those loving Thy salvation Say continually, 'God is magnified.' 5 And I 'am' poor and needy, O God, haste to me, My help and my deliverer 'art' Thou, O Jehovah, tarry Thou not!