Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day 30 — Psalm 147

Hymn to the Almighty


Praise Yahweh—it is good to sing
in honor of our God—sweet is His praise.

Yahweh, Restorer of Jerusalem!
He brought back Israel's exiles,
healing their broken hearts,
and binding up their wounds.

He decides the number of stars
and gives each of them a name;
our Lord is great, all-powerful,
of infinite understanding.

Yahweh, who lifts up the humble,
humbles the wicked to the ground.

Sing to Yahweh in gratitude,
play the lyre for our God:

who covers the heavens with clouds,
to provide the earth with rain,
to produce fresh grass on the hillsides
and the plants that are needed by man,
who gives their food to the cattle
and to the young ravens when they cry.

The strength of the war horse means nothing to Him,
it is not infantry that interests Him.
Yahweh is interested only in those who fear Him,
in those who rely on His love.

Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem,
Zion, praise Your God:

for strengthening the bars of your gates,
for blessing your citizens,
for granting you peace on your frontiers,
for feeding you on the finest wheat.

He gives an order;
His word flashes to earth:
to spread snow like a blanket,
to strew hoarfrost like ashes,

to drop ice like breadcrumbs,
and when the cold is unbearable,
He sends His word to bring the thaw
and warm wind to melt the snow.

He reveals His Word to Jacob,
His statutes and rulings to Israel:
He never does this for other nations,
He never reveals His rulings to them.

Next… Psalm 148

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