118 1Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits. 2Tell the world, Israel, “His love never quits.” 3And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world, “His love never quits.” 4And you who fear God, join in, “His love never quits.” 5Pushed to the wall, I called to God; from the wide open spaces, he answered. 6God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me? 7God’s my strong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies. 8Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; 9Far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities. 10Hemmed in by barbarians, in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; 11Hemmed in and with no way out, in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt; 12Like swarming bees, like wild prairie fire, they hemmed me in; in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt. 13I was right on the cliff–edge, ready to fall, when God grabbed and held me. 14God’s my strength, he’s also my song, and now he’s my salvation. 15Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved? “The hand of God has turned the tide! 16The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide!” 17I didn’t die. I lived! And now I’m telling the world what God did. 18God tested me, he pushed me hard, but he didn’t hand me over to Death. 19Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates! I’ll walk right through and thank God! 20This Temple Gate belongs to God, so the victors can enter and praise. 21Thank you for responding to me; you’ve truly become my salvation! 22The stone the masons discarded as flawed is now the capstone! 23This is God’s work. We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it! 24This is the very day God acted— let’s celebrate and be festive! 25Salvation now, God. Salvation now! Oh yes, God—a free and full life! 26Blessed are you who enter in God’s name— from God’s house we bless you! 27God is God, he has bathed us in light. Festoon the shrine with garlands, hang colored banners above the altar! 28You’re my God, and I thank you. O my God, I lift high your praise. 29Thank God—he’s so good. His love never quits!
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