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1 Joyfully sing to the LORD, all you righteous; 

for it is good that the upright give praise. 

2 With harp and lyre praise the LORD and make music; 

3 with shouts of joy, a new song to him raise. 

4 Righteous and true is the word God has spoken; 

all the LORD's actions his faithfulness prove. 

5 He loves true righteousness, judgment and justice; 

all earth is full of his unfailing love. 

6 By the LORD's word were the heavens created, 

their starry host by the breath from his lips. 

7 All the sea's waters he gathers together

and in his storehouses lays up the deeps. 

8 Let all the world fear the LORD in his greatness; 

rev'rence his name, all you peoples of earth! 

9 For when he spoke, all things came into being; 

when he commanded, then all things stood forth.  

10 Foiled by the LORD are the plans of the nations; 

thwarted by him are the peoples' designs. 

11 But the LORD's purposes stand firm for ever; 

his plans endure through all ages and times. 

12 Favoured and blessed is the nation he's chosen, 

whose God the LORD is throughout every age; 

Blessed are the people he called to be near him, 

those whom he chose as his own heritage. 

13 From heaven's height the LORD looks down and watches; 

14 he sees mankind from his own dwelling-place.

15 He who has moulded the hearts of all people

knows every deed of the whole human race. 

16 No king is saved by the size of his army; 

no warrior lives by the strength of his hand.  

17 Vain is man's trust in a horse for deliverance, 

nor by its strength can it victory command. 

18 But the LORD's eyes are on those who revere him, 

those who rely on his unfailing love; 

19 So that from famine and death he may save them, 

giving them life by his power from above. 

20 We wait in hope for the LORD, our defender; 

21 trusting his holy name, our hearts are blessed. 

22 LORD, may your unfailing love rest upon us, 

just as in you our sure hope has been placed. 

lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland

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