Psalms 33

1Shout for joy in the Lord, you righteous: praise for the upright is seemly. 2Give thanks to the Lord on the lyre, play to him on a ten-stringed harp. 3Sing to him a new song, play skilfully and shout merrily. 4For the Lord is straight in his promise; and all that he does is in faithfulness. 5Justice and right he loves; the earth is full of his kindness. 6By his word the heavens were made, all their host by the breath of his mouth. 7He gathers the sea in a bottle, the ocean he puts into store-houses. 8Let the whole world honour the Lord, let all who live on earth be in awe. 9For at his word it came into being, at his command it stood forth. 10The Lord frustrates the designs of the nations, what the peoples have purposed, he brings to nought, 11but the Lord's own design will stand forever, and what his heart has purposed, through all generations. 12Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for himself as his own. 13The Lord looks down from heaven, he sees all of humanity; 14from where he rules he gazes on all who inhabit the earth. 15He fashions the hearts of them all, and gives heed to all that they do. 16It is not by great armies that kings are victorious, it is not by great strength that a warrior saves himself; 17false hope is the war-horse to usher in victory, for all its great might it can provide no escape. 18See! The eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his kindness; 19to deliver their life from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20We wait for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. 21For in him our heart is glad, we trust in his holy name. 22Let your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, as is our hope in you.