For the music director; a song, a psalm
1 Shout out praise to God, all the earth!
2 Sing praises about the majesty of his reputation!
Give him the honour he deserves!
3 Say to God:
“How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power your enemies cower in fear before you.
4 All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you!
They sing praises to your name!” (Selah)
5 Come and witness God’s exploits!
His acts on behalf of people are awesome!
6 He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
Let us rejoice in him there!
7 He rules by his power forever;
he watches the nations.
Stubborn rebels should not exalt themselves. (Selah)
8 Praise our God, you nations!
Loudly proclaim his praise!
9 He preserves our lives
and does not allow our feet to slip.
10 For you, O God, tested us;
you purified us like refined silver.
11 You led us into a trap;
you caused us to suffer.
12 You allowed men to ride over our heads;
we passed through fire and water,
but you brought us out into a wide open place.
13 I will enter your temple with burnt sacrifices;
I will fulfil the vows I made to you,
14 which my lips uttered
and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer up to you fattened animals as burnt sacrifices,
along with the smell of sacrificial rams.
I will offer cattle and goats. (Selah)
16 Come! Listen, all you who are loyal to God!
I will declare what he has done for me.
17 I cried out to him for help
and praised him with my tongue.
18 If I had harboured sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 However, God heard;
he listened to my prayer.
20 God deserves praise,
for he did not reject my prayer
or abandon his love for me!