111 Shout praises to the Lord! With all my heart I will thank the Lord when his people meet. 2 The Lord has done many wonderful things! Everyone who is pleased with God’s marvelous deeds will keep them in mind. 3 Everything the Lord does is glorious and majestic, and his power to bring justice will never end.
4 The Lord God is famous for his wonderful deeds, and he is kind and merciful. 5 He gives food to his worshipers and always keeps his agreement with them. 6 He has shown his mighty power to his people and has given them the lands of other nations.
7 God is always honest and fair, and his laws can be trusted. 8 They are true and right and will stand forever. 9 God rescued his people, and he will never break his agreement with them. He is fearsome and holy.
10 Respect and obey the Lord! This is the first step to wisdom and good sense. God will always be respected
147 Shout praises to the Lord! Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him. 2 The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem and brings the people of Israel back home again. 3 He renews our hopes and heals our bodies. 4 He decided how many stars there would be in the sky and gave each one a name. 5 Our Lord is great and powerful! He understands everything. 6 The Lord helps the poor, but he smears the wicked in the dirt.
7 Celebrate and sing! Play your harps for the Lord our God. 8 He fills the sky with clouds and sends rain to the earth, so that the hills will be green with grass. 9 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!
25 You, Lord, are my God! I will praise you for doing the wonderful things you had planned and promised since ancient times. 2 You have destroyed the fortress of our enemies, leaving their city in ruins. Nothing in that foreign city will ever be rebuilt. 3 Now strong and cruel nations will fear and honor you.
4 You have been a place of safety for the poor and needy in times of trouble. Brutal enemies pounded us like a heavy rain or the heat of the sun at noon, but you were our shelter. 5 Those wild foreigners struck like scorching desert heat. But you were like a cloud, protecting us from the sun. You kept our enemies from singing songs of victory.
The Lord Has Saved Us
6 On this mountain the Lord All-Powerful will prepare for all nations a feast of the finest foods. Choice wines and the best meats will be served. 7 Here the Lord will strip away the burial clothes that cover the nations. 8 The Lord All-Powerful will destroy the power of death and wipe away all tears. No longer will his people be insulted everywhere. The Lord has spoken!
9 At that time, people will say, “The Lord has saved us! Let’s celebrate. We waited and hoped— now our God is here.”
Sometimes giving thanks is the hardest thing to do. We all have times when it feels like we are being bombarded – with difficulties; with seemingly relentless stresses; with one thing after another; with the same thing going on and on and on… The last thing we feel like doing is giving thanks. We are busy enough just surviving. We cannot see God’s plan and purpose – never mind thank him for it.
But somehow we make it through. Maybe battered and bruised, certainly changed. And as we turn and look back, we see the shelter in the storm, the protection from the heat, a place of safety – and we give thanks.
Sometimes giving thanks is the only thing we can do, the simplest thing. To pray anything else is too hard, too big, way beyond us – but we can give thanks. Just rest in his shelter and be. Come to terms with where we are and how things are. In our troubles to rest and hope in God’s presence.
For here is the one who wipes away our tears. He doesn’t stop them, but holds us as we cry; as we sob on his shoulder and gently, lovingly wipes them.