Psalms 65

(A psalm by David and a song for the music leader.)

God Answers Prayer

1Our God, you deserve praise

in Zion, where we keep

our promises to you.

2Everyone will come to you

because you answer prayer.

3When our sins get us down,

you forgive us.

4You bless your chosen ones,

and you invite them

to live near you

in your temple.

We will enjoy your house,

the sacred temple.

5Our God, you save us,

and your fearsome deeds answer

our prayers for justice!

You give hope to people

everywhere on earth,

even those across the sea.

6You are strong,

and your mighty power

put the mountains in place.

7You silence the roaring waves

and the noisy shouts

of the nations.

8People far away marvel

at your fearsome deeds,

and all who live under the sun

celebrate and sing

because of you.

9You take care of the earth

and send rain to help the soil

grow all kinds of crops.

Your rivers never run dry,

and you prepare the earth

to produce abundant grain.

10You water all its fields

and level the lumpy ground.

You send showers of rain

to soften the soil

and help the plants sprout.

11Wherever your footsteps

touch the earth,

a rich harvest is gathered.

12Desert pastures blossom,

and mountains celebrate.

13Meadows are filled

with sheep and goats;

valleys overflow with grain

and echo with joyful songs.