Psalm 115
Contemporary English Version

The Lord Deserves To Be Praised

1We don't deserve praise!

The Lord alone deserves

all of the praise,

because of his love

and faithfulness.

2 Why should the nations ask,

“Where is your God?”

3Our God is in the heavens,

doing as he chooses.

4 The idols of the nations

are made of silver and gold.

5They have a mouth and eyes,

but they can't speak or see.

6Their ears can't hear,

and their noses can't smell.

7Their hands have no feeling,

their legs don't move,

and they can't make a sound.

8Everyone who made the idols

and all who trust them

are just as helpless

as those useless gods.

9People of Israel,

you must trust the Lord

to help and protect you.

10Family of Aaron the priest,

you must trust the Lord

to help and protect you.

11All of you worship the Lord,

so you must trust him

to help and protect you.

12The Lord will not forget

to give us his blessing;

he will bless all of Israel

and the family of Aaron.

13 All who worship the Lord,

no matter who they are,

will receive his blessing.

14I pray that the Lord

will let your family

and your descendants

always grow strong.

15May the Lord who created

the heavens and the earth

give you his blessing.

16The Lord has kept the heavens

for himself,

but he has given the earth

to us humans.

17The dead are silent

and cannot praise the Lord,

18but we will praise him

now and forevermore.

Shout praises to the Lord!

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