Catch-Up Day (Psalms 19 & 106)
1How clearly the sky reveals God's glory!
How plainly it shows what he has done!
2Each day announces it to the following day;
each night repeats it to the next.
3No speech or words are used,
no sound is heard;
4yet their message goes out to all the world
and is heard to the ends of the earth.
God made a home in the sky for the sun;
5it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom,
like an athlete eager to run a race.
6It starts at one end of the sky
and goes across to the other.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
7The law of the LORD is perfect;
it gives new strength.
The commands of the LORD are trustworthy,
giving wisdom to those who lack it.
8The laws of the LORD are right,
and those who obey them are happy.
The commands of the LORD are just
and give understanding to the mind.
9Reverence for the LORD is good;
it will continue for ever.
The judgements of the LORD are just;
they are always fair.
10They are more desirable than the finest gold;
they are sweeter than the purest honey.
11They give knowledge to me, your servant;
I am rewarded for obeying them.
12No one can see his own errors;
deliver me, LORD, from hidden faults!
13Keep me safe, also, from wilful sins;
don't let them rule over me.
Then I shall be perfect
and free from the evil of sin.
14May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you,
O LORD, my refuge and my redeemer!
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!”
Praise the LORD!