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Sing Renewal and Hope

Psalm 147:1-11, 20 (CEV)

Sing and Praise the Lord

147 Shout praises to the Lord!
    Our God is kind,
    and it is right and good
    to sing praises to him.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem
    and brings the people of Israel
    back home again.
He renews our hopes
    and heals our bodies.
He decided how many stars
there would be in the sky
    and gave each one a name.
Our Lord is great and powerful!
    He understands everything.
The Lord helps the poor,
    but he smears the wicked
    in the dirt.

Celebrate and sing!
    Play your harps
    for the Lord our God.
He fills the sky with clouds
    and sends rain to the earth,
    so that the hills
    will be green with grass.
He provides food for cattle
    and for the young ravens,
    when they cry out.
10 The Lord doesn’t care about
the strength of horses
    or powerful armies.
11 The Lord is pleased only
with those who worship him
    and trust his love.

20 But he has not given his laws
to any other nation.
    Shout praises to the Lord!

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Give Me Strength

By Juan Lacruz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Give me strength Lord,
strength for what needs doing;
strength to hang on,
strength to let go;
strength in weariness,
exhaustion,
stumbling;
strength to stand back up,
strength to lay down and sleep;
Strength in your strength,
soaring, running, walking
in you,
with you,
through you

Isaiah 40:21-31 (CEV)

God Rules the Whole Earth

21 Don’t you know?
    Haven’t you heard?
Isn’t it clear that God
    created the world?
22 God is the one who rules
    the whole earth,
and we that live here
    are merely insects.
He spread out the heavens
like a curtain or an open tent.

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23 God brings down rulers
    and turns them into nothing.
24 They are like flowers
freshly sprung up
    and starting to grow.
But when God blows on them,
they wilt
and are carried off
    like straw in a storm.

25 The holy God asks,
“Who compares with me?
    Is anyone my equal?”

26 Look at the evening sky!
    Who created the stars?
Who gave them each a name?
    Who leads them like an army?
The Lord is so powerful
that none of the stars
    are ever missing.

The Lord Gives Strength

27 You people of Israel, say,
“God pays no attention to us!
    He doesn’t care if we
    are treated unjustly.”

But how can you say that?
28 Don’t you know?
    Haven’t you heard?
The Lord is the eternal God,
    Creator of the earth.
He never gets weary or tired;
his wisdom cannot be measured.

29 The Lord gives strength
    to those who are weary.
30 Even young people get tired,
    then stumble and fall.
31 But those who trust the Lord
    will find new strength.
They will be strong like eagles
    soaring upward on wings;
they will walk and run
    without getting tired.