Psalms 46, 118, 120
1God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken
and mountains fall into the ocean depths;
3even if the seas roar and rage,
and the hills are shaken by the violence.
4There is a river that brings joy to the city of God,
to the sacred house of the Most High.
5God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed;
at early dawn he will come to its aid.
6Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken;
God thunders, and the earth dissolves.
7The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
8Come and see what the LORD has done.
See what amazing things he has done on earth.
9He stops wars all over the world;
he breaks bows, destroys spears,
and sets shields on fire.
10“Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God,
supreme among the nations,
supreme over the world.”
11The LORD Almighty is with us;
1Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good,
and his love is eternal.
2Let the people of Israel say,
“His love is eternal.”
3Let the priests of God say,
4Let all who worship him say,
5In my distress I called to the LORD;
he answered me and set me free.
6The LORD is with me, I will not be afraid;
what can anyone do to me?
7It is the LORD who helps me,
and I will see my enemies defeated.
8It is better to trust in the LORD
than to depend on human beings.
9It is better to trust in the LORD
than to depend on human leaders.
10Many enemies were round me;
but I destroyed them by the power of the LORD!
11They were round me on every side;
12They swarmed round me like bees,
but they burnt out as quickly as a fire among thorns;
by the power of the LORD I destroyed them.
13I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated,
but the LORD helped me.
14The LORD makes me powerful and strong;
he has saved me.
15Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God's people:
“The LORD's mighty power has done it!
16His power has brought us victory —
his mighty power in battle!”
17I will not die; instead, I will live
and proclaim what the LORD has done.
18He has punished me severely,
but he has not let me die.
19Open to me the gates of the Temple;
I will go in and give thanks to the LORD!
20This is the gate of the LORD;
only the righteous can come in.
21I praise you, LORD, because you heard me,
because you have given me victory.
22The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
turned out to be the most important of all.
23This was done by the LORD;
what a wonderful sight it is!
24This is the day of the LORD's victory;
let us be happy, let us celebrate!
25Save us, LORD, save us!
Give us success, O LORD!
26May God bless the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
From the Temple of the LORD we bless you.
27The LORD is God; he has been good to us.
With branches in your hands, start the festival
and march round the altar.
28You are my God, and I give you thanks;
I will proclaim your greatness.
29Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good,
1When I was in trouble, I called to the LORD,
and he answered me.
2Save me, LORD,
from liars and deceivers.
3You liars, what will God do to you?
How will he punish you?
4With a soldier's sharp arrows,
with red-hot charcoal!
5Living among you is as bad as living in Meshech
or among the people of Kedar.
6I have lived too long
with people who hate peace!
7When I speak of peace,
they are for war.