A Song of Praise
1How good it is to give thanks to you, O Lord,
to sing in your honor, O Most High God,
2to proclaim your constant love every morning
and your faithfulness every night,
3with the music of stringed instruments
and with melody on the harp.
4Your mighty deeds, O Lord, make me glad;
because of what you have done, I sing for joy.
5How great are your actions, Lord!
How deep are your thoughts!
6 This is something a fool cannot know;
someone who is stupid cannot understand:
7the wicked may grow like weeds,
those who do wrong may prosper;
yet they will be totally destroyed,
8because you, Lord, are supreme forever.
9We know that your enemies will die,
and all the wicked will be defeated.
10You have made me as strong as a wild ox;
you have blessed me with happiness.
11I have seen the defeat of my enemies
and heard the cries of the wicked.
12The righteous will flourish like palm trees;
they will grow like the cedars of Lebanon.
13They are like trees planted in the house of the Lord,
that flourish in the Temple of our God,
14that still bear fruit in old age
and are always green and strong.
15This shows that the Lord is just,
that there is no wrong in my protector.