For the music director; a song, a psalm.
66:1 Shout out praise to God, all the earth!
66:2 Sing praises about the majesty of his reputation!2
Give him the honor he deserves!3
66:3 Say to God:
“How awesome are your deeds!
Because of your great power your enemies cower in fear4 before you.
66:4 All the earth worships5 you
and sings praises to you!
They sing praises to your name!” (Selah)
66:5 Come and witness6 God’s exploits!7
His acts on behalf of people are awesome!8
66:6 He turned the sea into dry land;9
they passed through the river on foot.10
Let us rejoice in him there!11
66:7 He rules12 by his power forever;
he watches13 the nations.
Stubborn rebels should not exalt14 themselves. (Selah)
66:8 Praise15 our God, you nations!
Loudly proclaim his praise!16
66:9 He preserves our lives17
and does not allow our feet to slip.
66:10 For18 you, O God, tested us;
you purified us like refined silver.
66:11 You led us into a trap;19
you caused us to suffer.20
66:12 You allowed men to ride over our heads;
we passed through fire and water,
but you brought us out into a wide open place.21
66:13 I will enter22 your temple with burnt sacrifices;
I will fulfill the vows I made to you,
66:14 which my lips uttered
and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
66:15 I will offer up to you fattened animals as burnt sacrifices,
along with the smell of sacrificial rams.
I will offer cattle and goats. (Selah)
66:16 Come! Listen, all you who are loyal to God!23
I will declare what he has done for me.
66:17 I cried out to him for help24
and praised him with my tongue.25
66:18 If I had harbored sin in my heart,26
the Lord would not have listened.
66:19 However, God heard;
he listened to my prayer.
66:20 God deserves praise,27
for28 he did not reject my prayer
or abandon his love for me!29