Psalm 103:15-22

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103:15 A person’s life is like grass.
Like a flower in the field it flourishes,
103:16 but when the hot wind blows by, it disappears,
and one can no longer even spot the place where it once grew.
103:17 But the LORD continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers,
and is faithful to their descendants,
103:18 to those who keep his covenant,
who are careful to obey his commands.
103:19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven;
his kingdom extends over everything.
103:20 Praise the LORD, you angels of his,
you powerful warriors who carry out his decrees
and obey his orders!
103:21 Praise the LORD, all you warriors of his,
you servants of his who carry out his desires!
103:22 Praise the LORD, all that he has made,
in all the regions of his kingdom!
Praise the LORD, O my soul!

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Psalm 102:11-28

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102:11 My days are coming to an end,
and I am withered like grass.
102:12 But you, O LORD, rule forever,
and your reputation endures.
102:13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion.
For it is time to have mercy on her,
for the appointed time has come.
102:14 Indeed, your servants take delight in her stones,
and feel compassion for the dust of her ruins.
102:15 The nations will respect the reputation of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth will respect his splendor,
102:16 when the LORD rebuilds Zion,
and reveals his splendor,
102:17 when he responds to the prayer of the destitute,
and does not reject their request.
102:18 The account of his intervention will be recorded for future generations;
people yet to be born will praise the LORD.
102:19 For he will look down from his sanctuary above;
from heaven the LORD will look toward earth,
102:20 in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners,
and to set free those condemned to die,
102:21 so they may proclaim the name of the Lord in Zion,
and praise him in Jerusalem,
102:22 when the nations gather together,
and the kingdoms pay tribute to the LORD.
102:23 He has taken away my strength in the middle of life;
he has cut short my days.
102:24 I say, “O my God, please do not take me away in the middle of my life!
You endure through all generations.
102:25 In earlier times you established the earth;
the skies are your handiwork.
102:26 They will perish,
but you will endure.
They will wear out like a garment;
like clothes you will remove them and they will disappear.
102:27 But you remain;
your years do not come to an end.
102:28 The children of your servants will settle down here,
and their descendants will live securely in your presence.”

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Psalm 102:1-12

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102:1 O LORD, hear my prayer!
Pay attention to my cry for help!
102:2 Do not ignore me in my time of trouble!
Listen to me!
When I call out to you, quickly answer me!
102:3 For my days go up in smoke,
and my bones are charred like a fireplace.
102:4 My heart is parched and withered like grass,
for I am unable to eat food.
102:5 Because of the anxiety that makes me groan,
my bones protrude from my skin.
102:6 I am like an owl in the wilderness;
I am like a screech owl among the ruins.
102:7 I stay awake;
I am like a solitary bird on a roof.
102:8 All day long my enemies taunt me;
those who mock me use my name in their curses.
102:9 For I eat ashes as if they were bread,
and mix my drink with my tears,
102:10 because of your anger and raging fury.
Indeed, you pick me up and throw me away.
102:11 My days are coming to an end,
and I am withered like grass.
102:12 But you, O LORD, rule forever,
and your reputation endures.

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Psalm 101

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101:1 I will sing about loyalty and justice!
To you, O LORD, I will sing praises!
101:2 I will walk in the way of integrity.
When will you come to me?
I will conduct my business with integrity in the midst of my palace.
101:3 I will not even consider doing what is dishonest.
I hate doing evil;
I will have no part of it.
101:4 I will have nothing to do with a perverse person;
I will not permit evil.
101:5 I will destroy anyone who slanders his neighbor in secret.
I will not tolerate anyone who has a cocky demeanor and an arrogant attitude.
101:6 I will favor the honest people of the land,
and allow them to live with me.
Those who walk in the way of integrity will attend me.
101:7 Deceitful people will not live in my palace.
Liars will not be welcome in my presence.
101:8 Each morning I will destroy all the wicked people in the land,
and remove all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

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Psalm 100

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100:1 Shout out praises to the LORD, all the earth!
100:2 Worship the LORD with joy!
Enter his presence with joyful singing!
100:3 Acknowledge that the LORD is God!
He made us and we belong to him;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give him thanks!
Praise his name!
100:5 For the LORD is good.
His loyal love endures,
and he is faithful through all generations.

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Psalm 96

96:1 Sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth!
96:2 Sing to the LORD! Praise his name!
Announce every day how he delivers!
96:3 Tell the nations about his splendor!
Tell all the nations about his amazing deeds!
96:4 For the LORD is great and certainly worthy of praise;
he is more awesome than all gods.
96:5 For all the gods of the nations are worthless,
but the LORD made the sky.
96:6 Majestic splendor emanates from him;
his sanctuary is firmly established and beautiful.
96:7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the nations,
ascribe to the LORD splendor and strength!
96:8 Ascribe to the LORD the splendor he deserves!
Bring an offering and enter his courts!
96:9 Worship the LORD in holy attire!
Tremble before him, all the earth!
96:10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
The world is established, it cannot be moved.
He judges the nations fairly.”
96:11 Let the sky rejoice, and the earth be happy!
Let the sea and everything in it shout!
96:12 Let the fields and everything in them celebrate!
Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy
96:13 before the LORD, for he comes!
For he comes to judge the earth!
He judges the world fairly,
and the nations in accordance with his justice.

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Psalm 99

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99:1 The LORD reigns!
The nations tremble.
He sits enthroned above the winged angels;
the earth shakes.
99:2 The LORD is elevated in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
99:3 Let them praise your great and awesome name!
He is holy!
99:4 The king is strong;
he loves justice.
You ensure that legal decisions will be made fairly;
you promote justice and equity in Jacob.
99:5 Praise the LORD our God!
Worship before his footstool!
He is holy!
99:6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
Samuel was one of those who prayed to him.
They prayed to the LORD and he answered them.
99:7 He spoke to them from a pillar of cloud;
they obeyed his regulations and the ordinance he gave them.
99:8 O LORD our God, you answered them.
They found you to be a forgiving God,
but also one who punished their sinful deeds.
99:9 Praise the LORD our God!
Worship on his holy hill,
for the LORD our God is holy!

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