Number: 187
Title: Psalm 34:9-22
Composer: Psalm Tone: St. Meinrad VIII Refrain: Robert E. Kreutz
Author: Para. Helen L. Wright, 1984
Scripture: Psalm 34:9-22
Theme: Psalms

    Taste and see, taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

1.  Fear the Lord, you holy ones,
    And your needs will be supplied;
    The young lions go empty and hungry,
    But believers want for nothing.

2.  Come, my children, and listen:
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
    Which of you delights in life,
    And desires long life to enjoy all things?

3.  Then your tongue must not speak evil,
    Nor your lips say lying words.
    Turn from evil, practice good,
    Seek peace and pursue it.

4.  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    The ears of God hear their cry;
    The face of the Lord is turned from the wicked,
    To wipe their remembrance from the earth.

5.  The righteous cry out and God hears,
    They are delivered from their distress.
    God is near to the brokenhearted,
    And saves the crushed in spirit.

6.  Though misfortunes of the good abound,
    They are delivered from them all;
    They keep all their bones,
    Not one is broken.

7.  Their own evil brings death to the wicked,
    And those who hate good will be brought to ruin.
    The Lord ransoms the souls of the servants,
    And none will be condemned who trust in God.