Psalm 65

[A psalm by David and a song for the music leader.]
God Answers Prayer

1 Our God, you deserve praise
    in Zion, where we keep
        our promises to you.
2 Everyone will come to you
        because you answer prayer.
3 Our terrible sins get us down,
        but you forgive us.
4 You bless your chosen ones,
        and you invite them
    to live near you
        in your temple.
    We will enjoy your house,
        the sacred temple.

5 Our God, you save us,
    and your fearsome deeds answer
        our prayers for justice!
    You give hope to people
    everywhere on earth,
        even those across the sea.
6 You are strong,
    and your mighty power
        put the mountains in place.
7 You silence the roaring waves
    and the noisy shouts
        of the nations.
8 People far away marvel
        at your fearsome deeds,
    and all who live under the sun
    celebrate and sing
        because of you.

9 You take care of the earth
    and send rain to help the soil
        grow all kinds of crops.
    Your rivers never run dry,
    and you prepare the earth
        to produce much grain.
10 You water all of its fields
        and level the lumpy ground.
     You send showers of rain
     to soften the soil
        and help the plants sprout.
11 Wherever your footsteps
      touch the earth,
         a rich harvest is gathered.
12 Desert pastures blossom,
        and mountains celebrate.
13 Meadows are filled
        with sheep and goats;
     valleys overflow with grain
        and echo with joyful songs.

The Contemporary English Version c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary