When all the world will sing to God
We’ll keep our promise, God
1 Note to the music leader: This is a song, and a psalm of David.1Jerusalem sings your praises, God.
Our promises we’ll keep.
2It’s you who hear our prayer.
You’re there for everyone.
3We’re guilty as sin and loaded with guilt.
But you take our sins and forgive.
4How wonderful it is for the one you choose
To live with you, in your home.
You have more than enough to offer us
From the goodness in your sacred Temple.
God’s amazing answer5You answer our prayers
With goodness and amazement.
You, dear God, are the one who saves us.
You are one people trust
From here to far-off lands and seas.
6Your power raised the mountains.
And you wear strength as a perfect fit.
7You calm the raging seas.
You quiet the roaring waves.
And you silence the noisy people of the world.
8People throughout the earth
Will watch in awe at what you do.
You make lands of the sunrise dance
And lands of the sunset sing.
9You irrigate the earth with rain
And enrich the fertile soil.
You’re a steady source of living water.
And you’re the reason grain springs to life.
10You water the rows we’ve plowed and planted.
You soften hard ground with rain.
Then you bless it all with life and growth.
11A bumper crop is what you gave.
And walls of the barns are bulging.
12Badlands turn to grasslands,
And the hills sing happy songs.
13Flocks blanket the meadow,
Valleys sprout to grain,
And everyone and everything
Sings and shouts for joy.
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. And the possible byline “of David,” isn’t necessarily a byline. The vague phrase could mean the song was written by David, about David, or was inspired by David. Almost half of the psalms are attributed to David in this way, 73 of 150. Ancient Jewish history tells of David playing a lyre and writing songs. For one, he wrote a song of mourning at the battlefield death of King Saul and his sons: “How have the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19-27 New American Standard Bible). An ancient Jewish scroll from about the time of Jesus, discovered among the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, reports that David wrote 3,600 songs.
Literally, “Zion,” a term of endearment, and another name for Jerusalem. It’s a bit like “The Big Apple” for New York City, “The City of Love” for Paris, and “Sin City” for Las Vegas, though some wouldn’t call that a term of endearment.
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