Catch-Up Day (Psalms 96 & 105–106)
1Sing a new song to the LORD!
Sing to the LORD, all the world!
2Sing to the LORD, and praise him!
Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
3Proclaim his glory to the nations,
his mighty deeds to all peoples.
4The LORD is great and is to be highly praised;
he is to be honoured more than all the gods.
5The gods of all other nations are only idols,
but the LORD created the heavens.
6Glory and majesty surround him;
power and beauty fill his Temple.
7Praise the LORD, all people on earth;
praise his glory and might.
8Praise the LORD's glorious name;
bring an offering and come into his Temple.
9Bow down before the Holy One when he appears;
tremble before him, all the earth!
10Say to all the nations, “The LORD is king!
The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with justice.”
11Be glad, earth and sky!
Roar, sea, and every creature in you;
12be glad, fields, and everything in you!
The trees in the woods will shout for joy
13when the LORD comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the peoples of the world
with justice and fairness.
1Give thanks to the LORD, proclaim his greatness;
tell the nations what he has done.
2Sing praise to the LORD;
tell of the wonderful things he has done.
3Be glad that we belong to him;
let all who worship him rejoice.
4Go to the LORD for help;
and worship him continually.
5-6You descendants of Abraham, his servant;
you descendants of Jacob, the man he chose:
remember the miracles that God performed
and the judgements that he gave.
7The LORD is our God;
his commands are for all the world.
8He will keep his covenant for ever,
his promises for a thousand generations.
9He will keep the agreement he made with Abraham
and his promise to Isaac.
10The LORD made a covenant with Jacob,
one that will last for ever.
11“I will give you the land of Canaan,” he said.
“It will be your own possession.”
12God's people were few in number,
strangers in the land of Canaan.
13They wandered from country to country,
from one kingdom to another.
14But God let no one oppress them;
to protect them, he warned the kings:
15“Don't harm my chosen servants;
do not touch my prophets.”
16The LORD sent famine to their country
and took away all their food.
17But he sent a man ahead of them,
Joseph, who had been sold as a slave.
18His feet were kept in chains,
and an iron collar was round his neck,
19until what he had predicted came true.
The word of the LORD proved him right.
20Then the king of Egypt had him released;
the ruler of nations set him free.
21He put him in charge of his government
and made him ruler over all the land,
22with power over the king's officials
and authority to instruct his advisers.
23Then Jacob went to Egypt
and settled in that country.
24The LORD gave many children to his people
and made them stronger than their enemies.
25He made the Egyptians hate his people
and treat his servants with deceit.
26Then he sent his servant Moses,
and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27They did God's mighty acts
and performed miracles in Egypt.
28God sent darkness on the country,
but the Egyptians did not obey his command.
29He turned their rivers into blood
and killed all their fish.
30Their country was overrun with frogs,
even the palace was filled with them.
31God commanded, and flies and gnats
swarmed throughout the whole country.
32He sent hail and lightning on their land
instead of rain;
33he destroyed their grapevines and fig trees
and broke down all the trees.
34He commanded, and the locusts came,
countless millions of them;
35they ate all the plants in the land;
they ate all the crops.
36He killed the firstborn sons
of all the families of Egypt.
37Then he led the Israelites out;
they carried silver and gold,
and all of them were healthy and strong.
38The Egyptians were afraid of them
and were glad when they left.
39God put a cloud over his people
and a fire at night to give them light.
40They asked, and he sent quails;
he gave them food from heaven to satisfy them.
41He opened a rock, and water gushed out,
flowing through the desert like a river.
42He remembered his sacred promise
to Abraham his servant.
43So he led his chosen people out,
and they sang and shouted for joy.
44He gave them the lands of other peoples
and let them take over their fields,
45so that his people would obey his laws
and keep all his commands.
Praise the LORD!
1Praise the LORD!
Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
2Who can tell all the great things he has done?
Who can praise him enough?
3Happy are those who obey his commands,
who always do what is right.
4Remember me, LORD, when you help your people;
include me when you save them.
5Let me see the prosperity of your people
and share in the happiness of your nation,
in the glad pride of those who belong to you.
6We have sinned as our ancestors did;
we have been wicked and evil.
7Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand God's wonderful acts;
they forgot the many times he showed them his love,
and they rebelled against the Almighty at the Red Sea.
8But he saved them, as he had promised,
in order to show his great power.
9He gave a command to the Red Sea,
and it dried up;
he led his people across on dry land.
10He saved them from those who hated them;
he rescued them from their enemies.
11But the water drowned their enemies;
not one of them was left.
12Then his people believed his promises
and sang praises to him.
13But they quickly forgot what he had done
and acted without waiting for his advice.
14They were filled with craving in the desert
and put God to the test;
15so he gave them what they asked for,
but also sent a terrible disease among them.
16There in the desert they were jealous of Moses
and of Aaron, the LORD's holy servant.
17Then the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan
and buried Abiram and his family;
18fire came down on their followers
and burnt up those wicked people.
19They made a gold bull calf at Sinai
and worshipped that idol;
20they exchanged the glory of God
for the image of an animal that eats grass.
21They forgot the God who had saved them
by his mighty acts in Egypt.
22What wonderful things he did there!
What amazing things at the Red Sea!
23When God said that he would destroy his people,
his chosen servant, Moses, stood up against God
and prevented his anger from destroying them.
24Then they rejected the pleasant land,
because they did not believe God's promise.
25They stayed in their tents and grumbled
and would not listen to the LORD.
26So he gave them a solemn warning
that he would make them die in the desert
27and scatter their descendants among the heathen,
letting them die in foreign countries.
28Then at Peor, God's people joined in the worship of Baal,
and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.
29They stirred up the LORD's anger by their actions,
and a terrible disease broke out among them.
30But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty,
and the plague was stopped.
31This has been remembered in his favour ever since
and will be for all time to come.
32At the springs of Meribah the people made the LORD angry,
and Moses was in trouble on their account.
33They made him so bitter
that he spoke without stopping to think.
34They did not kill the heathen,
as the LORD had commanded them to do,
35but they intermarried with them
and adopted their pagan ways.
36God's people worshipped idols,
and this caused their destruction.
37They offered their own sons and daughters
as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.
38They killed those innocent children,
and the land was defiled by those murders.
39They made themselves impure by their actions
and were unfaithful to God.
40So the LORD was angry with his people;
he was disgusted with them.
41He abandoned them to the power of the heathen,
and their enemies ruled over them.
42They were oppressed by their enemies
and were in complete subjection to them.
43Many times the LORD rescued his people,
but they chose to rebel against him
and sank deeper into sin.
44Yet the LORD heard them when they cried out,
and he took notice of their distress.
45For their sake he remembered his covenant,
and because of his great love he relented.
46He made all their oppressors
feel sorry for them.
47Save us, O LORD our God,
and bring us back from among the nations,
so that we may be thankful
and praise your holy name.
48Praise the LORD, the God of Israel;
praise him now and for ever!
Let everyone say, “Amen!”