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Psalm 107

1Thank the Lord, because he is good! His love is forever! 2That is what every person that the Lord has saved should say. The Lord saved them from their enemy. 3The Lord gathered his people together from many different countries. He brought them from east and west, north and south.* 4Some of them wandered in the dry desert. They were looking for a place to live, but they could not find a city. 5They were hungry and thirsty and growing weak. 6Then they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 7God led those people straight to the city where they would live. 8Thank the Lord for his love, and for the amazing things he does for people. 9God satisfies the thirsty soul. God fills the hungry soul with good things. 10Some of God’s people were prisoners, locked behind bars in dark, dark prisons. 11Why? Because those people fought against the things God said. They refused to listen to the advice from God Most-High. 12God made life hard for those people because of the things they did. They stumbled and fell, and there was no person to help them. 13Those people were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 14God took them out of their dark prisons. God broke the ropes they were tied with. 15Thank the Lord for his love, and for the amazing things he does for people. 16{God helps us defeat our enemies.} God can break down their bronze gates. God can shatter the iron bars on their gates. 17Some people let their sins and guilt change them into foolish people. 18Those people refused to eat, and they almost died. 19They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 20God gave the command and healed them. So those people were saved from the grave.  21Thank the Lord for his love and for the amazing things he does for people. 22Offer sacrifices* to the Lord to thank him for all he did. Gladly tell what the Lord has done. 23Some people sailed in boats across the sea. Their job carried them across the great sea. 24Those people saw what the Lord can do. They saw the amazing things he did at sea. 25God gave the command, and a strong wind began to blow. The waves became higher and higher. 26The waves lifted them high in the sky and dropped them into the deep sea. The storm was so dangerous the men lost their courage. 27They were stumbling and falling like drunk men. Their skill as sailors was useless. 28They were in trouble, so they called to the Lord for help. And he saved them from their troubles. 29God stopped the storm. He calmed the waves. 30The sailors were happy that the sea was calm. And God led them safely to the place they wanted to go. 31Thank the Lord for his love, and for the amazing things he does for people. 32Praise God in the great assembly. Praise him when the older leaders meet together. 33God changed rivers into a desert. God stopped springs from flowing. 34God changed the fertile land and it became worthless salty land. Why? Because of the bad people who were living in that place. 35God changed the desert and it became a land with pools of water. God caused springs of water to flow from dry ground. 36God led hungry people to that good land. And they built a city to live in. 37Those people planted seeds in their fields. They planted grapes in the field. And they had a good harvest. 38God blessed those people. Their families grew. They had many, many animals. 39Because of disaster and troubles, their families were small and weak. 40God shamed and embarrassed their leaders. God let them wander through the desert where there are no roads. 41But then God rescued those poor people from their misery. And now their families are large, like flocks of sheep. 42Good people see this, and they are happy. But wicked people see this, and they don’t know what to say. 43If a person is wise, he will remember these things. Then he will begin to understand what God’s love really is.

south Or, “the Sea.” This is west of Israel and would refer to all the coastal areas around the Mediterranean Sea.  sacrifice(s) A sacrifice was a gift to God. Usually, it was a special animal that was killed and burned on an altar.

Psalm 108

One of David’s songs of praise.

1God, I am ready, heart and soul, to sing and play songs of praise. 2Harps and lyres,* let’s wake up the sun!* 3Lord, we will praise you among the nations. We will praise you among other people. 4Lord, your love is higher than the skies. Your faithfulness is higher than the highest clouds. 5God, rise above the heavens! Let all the world see your glory. 6God, do this to save your friends. Answer my prayer and use your great power to save. 7God spoke in his temple:* “I will win the war and be happy about the victory! {I will divide this land among my people.} I will give them Shechem. I will give them Succoth Valley. 8Gilead and Manasseh will be mine. Ephraim will be my helmet. Judah will be my scepter.* 9Moab will be a bowl for washing my feet. Edom will be a slave to carry my sandals. I {will defeat} the Philistines and shout about the victory.” 10Who will lead me into the enemy fortress? Who will lead me to fight against Edom? 11God, {only you can help me do these things}. But you left us! You did not go with our army! 12God, please help us defeat our enemy! People can’t help us! 13Only God can make us strong. God can defeat our enemies!

lyres An instrument with several strings, like a harp. let’s wake up the sun This song was probably written to be sung at the temple when they offered the morning sacrifices.  in his temple Or “in his holiness.” scepter A special stick. Kings and leaders carried scepters to show they were rulers.

Psalm 109

To the director.* One of David’s songs of praise.

1God, don’t close your ears to my prayer! 2Wicked people are telling lies about me. They are saying things that are not true. 3People are saying hateful things about me. People are attacking me for no reason. 4I loved them, but they hate me. So now, I am praying to you, God. 5I did good things to those people, but they are doing bad things to me. I loved them, but they hated me. 6Punish my enemy for the bad things he did. Find a person to prove he is wrong. 7Let the judge decide my enemy did wrong and that he is guilty. Let everything my enemy says only make things worse for him. 8Let my enemy die soon. Let another person have his job. 9Make my enemy’s children orphans and his wife a widow. 10Let them lose their home and become beggars. 11Let the people my enemy owes money to take everything he owns. Let strangers take everything he worked for. 12I hope no person is kind to my enemy. I hope no person shows mercy to his children. 13Destroy my enemy completely. Let the next generation remove his name from everything. 14I hope the Lord is reminded of the sins of my enemy’s father. And I hope his mother’s sins are never erased. 15I hope the Lord remembers those sins forever. And I hope he forces people to forget my enemy completely. 16Why? Because that evil man never did anything good. He never loved anyone He made life hard for poor, helpless people. 17That evil man loved to ask for bad things to happen to other people. So let those bad things happen to him. That evil man never asked for good things to happen to people. So don’t let good things happen to him. 18Let curses be his clothes. Let curses be the water he drinks. Let curses be the oil on his body. 19Let curses be the clothes they wrap around that evil man. And let curses be the belt around his waist.  20I hope the Lord does all those things to my enemy. I hope the Lord does those things to the people who are trying to kill me. 21Lord, you are my Master. So treat me in a way that brings honor to your name. You have such great love, so save me. 22I am only a poor, helpless man. I am truly sad, my heart is broken. 23I feel like my life is over, like long shadows at the end of a day. I feel like a bug someone brushed away. 24My knees are weak because I am hungry. I am losing weight and becoming thin. 25Bad people insult me. They look at me and shake their heads. 26Lord my God, help me! Show your true love and save me! 27Then those people will know that you helped me. Then they will know that it was your power that helped me. 28Those bad people curse me, but you can bless me, Lord. They attacked me, so defeat them. Then I, your servant, will be happy. 29Embarrass my enemies! Let them wear their shame like a coat. 30I thank the Lord. I praise him in front of many people. 31Why? Because the Lord stands by helpless people. God saves them from other people who try to condemn them to death.

director Or, “performer.”

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