Praise for the Lord’s Goodness.
1It is a good and delightful thing to give thanks to the Lord,
To sing praises to Your name, O Most High,
2To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
And Your faithfulness by night,
3With an instrument of ten strings and with the harp,
With a solemn sound on the lyre.
4For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works;
At the works of Your hands I joyfully sing.
5How great are Your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep [beyond man’s understanding].
6A senseless man [in his crude and uncultivated state] knows nothing,
Nor does a [self-righteous] fool understand this:
7That though the wicked sprout up like grass
And all evildoers flourish,
They will be destroyed forever.
8But You, Lord, are on high forever.
9For behold, Your enemies, O Lord,
For behold, Your enemies will perish;
All who do evil will be scattered.
10But my horn [my emblem of strength and power] You have exalted like that of a wild ox;
I am anointed with fresh oil [for Your service].
11My eye has looked on my foes;
My ears hear of the evildoers who rise up against me.
12The righteous will flourish like the date palm [long-lived, upright and useful];
They will grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic and stable].
13Planted in the house of the Lord,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.
14[Growing in grace] they will still thrive and bear fruit and prosper in old age;
They will flourish and be vital and fresh [rich in trust and love and contentment];
15[They are living memorials] to declare that the Lord is upright and faithful [to His promises];
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.