The Message

Psalm 144

A David Psalm

11-2 Blessed be God, my mountain,
    who trains me to fight fair and well.
He’s the bedrock on which I stand,
    the castle in which I live,
    my rescuing knight,
The high crag where I run for dear life,
    while he lays my enemies low.

3-4 I wonder why you care, God
    why do you bother with us at all?
All we are is a puff of air;
    we’re like shadows in a campfire.

5-8 Step down out of heaven, God;
    ignite volcanoes in the hearts of the mountains.
Hurl your lightnings in every direction;
    shoot your arrows this way and that.
Reach all the way from sky to sea:
    pull me out of the ocean of hate,
    out of the grip of those barbarians
Who lie through their teeth,
    who shake your hand
    then knife you in the back.

9-10 O God, let me sing a new song to you,
    let me play it on a twelve-string guitar—
A song to the God who saved the king,
    the God who rescued David, his servant.

11 Rescue me from the enemy sword,
    release me from the grip of those barbarians
Who lie through their teeth,
    who shake your hand
    then knife you in the back.

12-14 Make our sons in their prime
    like sturdy oak trees,
Our daughters as shapely and bright
    as fields of wildflowers.
Fill our barns with great harvest,
    fill our fields with huge flocks;
Protect us from invasion and exile—
    eliminate the crime in our streets.

15 How blessed the people who have all this!
How blessed the people who have God for God!

Nkwa Asem

Nnwom 144

Ɔhene da Onyankopɔn ase nkonimdi ho

1Kamfo Awurade, me hwɛfo! Ɔkyerɛkyerɛ me, siesie me ma ɔko. Ɔyɛ me hwɛfo, me guankɔbea ne m’agyenkwa a mede me ho to ne so. Ɔbrɛ aman a wɔhyɛ m’ase no ase.

Awurade, dɛn ne onipa a wuhu no yi? Onipa teta a w’ani ku ne ho? Ɔte sɛ mframa mu tutuw; ne nna te sɛ sunsuma a ɛretwam. O Awurade, pae ɔsoro mu na sian bra fam. Fa wo nsa ka mmepɔw na ebefi wusiw. Ma anyinam mpaapae na bɔ w’atamfo hwete; tow w’agyan na wonguan.

Fi soro sian. Yi me fi subon mu na gye me. Gye me fi ananafo tumi ase, wɔn a wɔnka nokware na mpo wotwa atoro wɔ ntanka akyi no.

Mɛto dwom foforo ama wo, O Onyankopɔn; mɛbɔ sanku na mato dwom mama wo. 10 Ma ahene nni nkonim na gye wo somfo Dawid. 11 Gye me fi m’atamfo atirimɔdenfo nsam; gye me fi ananafo tumi ase; wɔn a wɔnka nokware na mpo wotwa atoro wɔ ntanka akyi no.

12 Ma yɛn mma mmarima nnyin wɔ wɔn mmabun mu sɛ afifide a enyin ahoɔden so no. Ma yɛn mma mma nyɛ sɛ ɔman adum a wɔde asiesie ahemfi twea so. 13 Ma yɛmfa afude nyinaa bi nhyɛ pata so ma. Ma yɛn nguan nwo mpempem. 14 Ma yɛn anantwi nwo bebree a wɔmpɔn na wɔn mu bi nso nyera. Mma osu ne awerɛhow mma yɛn aborɔn so. 15 Nhyira nka ɔman a ɛbɛba mu saa ama no. Nhyira nka nnipa a wɔn Nyankopɔn ne Awurade!