1 Sing merrily to God our strength, ♦︎
shout for joy to the God of Jacob.
2 Take up the song and sound the timbrel, ♦︎
the tuneful lyre with the harp.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, ♦︎
as at the full moon, upon our solemn feast day.
4 For this is a statute for Israel, ♦︎
a law of the God of Jacob,
5 The charge he laid on the people of Joseph, ♦︎
when they came out of the land of Egypt.
6 I heard a voice I did not know, that said: ♦︎
I eased their shoulder from the burden;
their hands were set free from bearing the load.
7 You called upon me in trouble and I delivered you; ♦︎
I answered you from the secret place of thunder
and proved you at the waters of Meribah.
8 Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: ♦︎
O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9 There shall be no strange god among you; ♦︎
you shall not worship a foreign god.
10 I am the Lord your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt; ♦︎
open your mouth wide and I shall fill it.
11 But my people would not hear my voice ♦︎
and Israel would not obey me.
12 So I sent them away in the stubbornness of their hearts, ♦︎
and let them walk after their own counsels.
13 O that my people would listen to me, ♦︎
that Israel would walk in my ways!
14 Then I should soon put down their enemies ♦︎
and turn my hand against their adversaries.
15 Those who hate the Lord would be humbled before him, ♦︎
and their punishment would last for ever.
16 But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat ♦︎
and with honey from the rock would I satisfy them.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! ♦︎
My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
2 The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: ♦︎
at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
3 Blessed are they who dwell in your house: ♦︎
they will always be praising you.
4 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, ♦︎
in whose heart are the highways to Zion,
5 Who going through the barren valley find there a spring, ♦︎
and the early rains will clothe it with blessing.
6 They will go from strength to strength ♦︎
and appear before God in Zion.
7 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; ♦︎
listen, O God of Jacob.
8 Behold our defender, O God, ♦︎
and look upon the face of your anointed.
9 For one day in your courts ♦︎
is better than a thousand.
10 I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God ♦︎
than dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
11 For the Lord God is both sun and shield;
he will give grace and glory; ♦︎
no good thing shall the Lord withhold
from those who walk with integrity.
12 O Lord God of hosts, ♦︎
blessed are those who put their trust in you.