We rejoice and delight in you. … I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. … I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. … May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. … The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are
Let us rejoice in him. … Rejoicing in the presence of the Lord your God.
Oh, praise the greatness of our God (Elohim)! … I will call on the name of the LORD (Jehovah)—he is God. … May the name of the LORD be praised.
For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling: “This is my resting place for ever and ever. Here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? … The Lord is … my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—from violent people you save me.
“Why have we fasted,” they say, “and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?”
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? … Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. … Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. … Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.