New International Reader's Version

Psalm 108

Psalm 108

A song. A psalm of David.

God, my heart feels secure.
    I will sing and make music to you with all my heart.
Harp and lyre, wake up!
    I want to sing and make music before the sun rises.
Lord, I will praise you among the nations.
    I will sing about you among the people of the earth.
Great is your love. It is higher than the heavens.
    Your truth reaches to the skies.
God, may you be honored above the heavens.
    Let your glory be over the whole earth.

Save us. Help us with your powerful right hand,
    so that those you love may be saved.
God has spoken from his temple.
    He has said, “I will win the battle.
Then I will divide up the land around Shechem.
    I will divide up the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead belongs to me, and so does the land of Manasseh.
    Ephraim is the strongest tribe. It is like a helmet for my head.
    Judah is the royal tribe. It is like a ruler’s scepter.
Moab serves me like one who washes my feet.
    I toss my sandal on Edom to show that I own it.
    I shout to Philistia that I have won the battle.”

10 Who will bring me to the city that has high walls around it?
    Who will lead me to the land of Edom?
11 God, isn’t it you, even though you have now turned away from us?
    Isn’t it you, even though you don’t lead our armies into battle anymore?
12 Help us against our enemies.
    The help people give doesn’t amount to anything.
13 With your help we will win the battle.
    You will walk all over our enemies.

The Message

Psalm 108

A David Prayer

11-2 I’m ready, God, so ready,
    ready from head to toe.
Ready to sing,
    ready to raise a God-song:
“Wake, soul! Wake, lute!
    Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”

3-6 I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets,
    singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
    every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness.
Soar high in the skies, O God!
    Cover the whole earth with your glory!
And for the sake of the one you love so much,
    reach down and help me—answer me!

7-9 That’s when God spoke in holy splendor:
    “Brimming over with joy,
I make a present of Shechem,
    I hand out Succoth Valley as a gift.
Gilead’s in my pocket,
    to say nothing of Manasseh.
Ephraim’s my hard hat,
    Judah my hammer.
Moab’s a scrub bucket—
    I mop the floor with Moab,
Spit on Edom,
    rain fireworks all over Philistia.”

10-11 Who will take me to the thick of the fight?
    Who’ll show me the road to Edom?
You aren’t giving up on us, are you, God?
    refusing to go out with our troops?

12-13 Give us help for the hard task;
    human help is worthless.
In God we’ll do our very best;
    he’ll flatten the opposition for good.