33 1Good people, cheer God! Right–living people sound best when praising. 2Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs! Play his praise on a grand piano! 3Invent your own new song to him; give him a trumpet fanfare. 4For God’s Word is solid to the core; everything he makes is sound inside and out. 5He loves it when everything fits, when his world is in plumb–line true. Earth is drenched in God’s affectionate satisfaction. 6The skies were made by God’s command; he breathed the word and the stars popped out. 7He scooped Sea into his jug, put Ocean in his keg. 8Earth–creatures, bow before God; world–dwellers—down on your knees! 9Here’s why: he spoke and there it was, in place the moment he said so. 10God takes the wind out of Babel pretense, he shoots down the world’s power–schemes. 11God’s plan for the world stands up, all his designs are made to last. 12Blessed is the country with God for God; blessed are the people he’s put in his will. 13From high in the skies God looks around, he sees all Adam’s brood. 14From where he sits he overlooks all us earth–dwellers. 15He has shaped each person in turn; now he watches everything we do. 16No king succeeds with a big army alone, no warrior wins by brute strength. 17Horsepower is not the answer; no one gets by on muscle alone. 18Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love. 19He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times; in lean times he keeps body and soul together. 20We’re depending on God; he’s everything we need. 21What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. 22Love us, God, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on.
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