How good it is to sing praises to our God!*
how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
2 The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;*
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted*
and binds up their wounds.
4 He counts the number of the stars*
and calls them all by their names.
5 Great is our LORD and mighty in power;*
there is no limit to his wisdom.
6 The LORD lifts up the lowly,*
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;*
make music to our God upon the harp.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds*
and prepares rain for the earth;
9 He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
and green plants to serve mankind.
10 He provides food for flocks and herds*
and for the young ravens when they cry.
11 He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
12 But the LORD has pleasure in those who fear him,*
in those who await his gracious favor.
13 Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem;*
praise your God, O Zion;
14 For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;*
he has blessed your children within you.
15 He has established peace on your borders; *
he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
16 He sends out his command to the earth,*
and his word runs very swiftly.
17 He gives snow like wool;*
he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
18 He scatters his hail like bread crumbs;*
who can stand against his cold?
19 He sends forth his word and melts them;*
he blows with his wind, and the waters flow.
20 He declares his word to Jacob,*
his statutes and his judgments to Israel.
21 He has not done so to any other nation;*
to them he has not revealed his judgments.