Jul 15, 2014
- 25:1 To you, Yahweh, do I lift up my soul.
- 25:2 My God, I have trusted in you.
- Don’t let me be shamed.
- Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.
- 25:3 Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed.
- They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
- 25:4 Show me your ways, Yahweh.
- Teach me your paths.
- 25:5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me,
- For you are the God of my salvation,
- I wait for you all day long.
- 25:6 Yahweh, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,
- for they are from old times.
- 25:7 Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
- Remember me according to your loving kindness,
- for your goodness’ sake, Yahweh.
- 25:8 Good and upright is Yahweh,
- therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
- 25:9 He will guide the humble in justice.
- He will teach the humble his way.
- 25:10 All the paths of Yahweh are loving kindness and truth
- to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
- 25:11 For your name’s sake, Yahweh,
- pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
- 25:12 What man is he who fears Yahweh?
- He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
- 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease.
- His seed shall inherit the land.
- 25:14 The friendship of Yahweh is with those who fear him.
- He will show them his covenant.
- 25:15 My eyes are ever on Yahweh,
- for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
- 25:16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
- for I am desolate and afflicted.
- 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged.
- Oh bring me out of my distresses.
- 25:18 Consider my affliction and my travail.
- Forgive all my sins.
- 25:19 Consider my enemies, for they are many.
- They hate me with cruel hatred.
- 25:20 Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.
- Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
- 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
- for I wait for you.
- 25:22 Redeem Israel, God,
- out all of his troubles.
Jul 8, 2014
13:1 How long, Yahweh?
Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
13:2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
having sorrow in my heart every day?
How long shall my enemy triumph over me?
13:3 Behold, and answer me, Yahweh, my God.
Give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
13:4 Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him”;
Lest my adversaries rejoice when I fall.
13:5 But I trust in your loving kindness.
My heart rejoices in your salvation.
13:6 I will sing to Yahweh,
because he has been good to me.
Jul 1, 2014
43:1 Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation.
Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men.
43:2 For you are the God of my strength.
Why have you rejected me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
43:3 Oh, send out your light and your truth.
Let them lead me.
Let them bring me to your holy hill,
To your tents.
43:4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy.
I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.
43:5 Why are you in despair, my soul?
Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God!
For I shall still praise him: my Savior, my helper, and my God
Jun 24, 2014
(Read by Noelle)
1 Yahweh says to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet."
2 Yahweh will send forth the rod of your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of your enemies.
3 Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array. Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth.
4 Yahweh has sworn, and will not change his mind: "You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."
5 The Lord is at your right hand. He will crush kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He will judge among the nations. He will heap up dead bodies. He will crush the ruler of the whole earth.
7 He will drink of the brook in the way; therefore he will lift up his head.
Jun 17, 2014
1 Hear, Yahweh, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my soul, for I am godly.
You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you.
3 Be merciful to me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to the soul of your servant,
for to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive;
abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you.
6 Hear, Yahweh, my prayer.
Listen to the voice of my petitions.
7 In the day of my trouble I will call on you,
for you will answer me.
8 There is no one like you among the gods, Lord,
nor any deeds like your deeds.
9 All nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord.
They shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great, and do wondrous things.
You are God alone.
11 Teach me your way, Yahweh.
I will walk in your truth.
Make my heart undivided to fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with my whole heart.
I will glorify your name forevermore.
13 For your loving kindness is great toward me.
You have delivered my soul from the lowest Sheol.
14 God, the proud have risen up against me.
A company of violent men have sought after my soul,
and they don’t hold regard for you before them.
15 But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth.
16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me!
Give your strength to your servant.
Save the son of your handmaid.
17 Show me a sign of your goodness,
that those who hate me may see it,
and be shamed,
Yahweh, have helped me, and comforted me.
Jun 10, 2014
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me.
Let all Israel repeat this:
From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me,
but they have never defeated me.
My back is covered with cuts,
as if a farmer had plowed long furrows.
But the Lord is good;
he has cut me free from the ropes of the ungodly.
May all who hate Jerusalem
be turned back in shameful defeat.
May they be as useless as grass on a rooftop,
turning yellow when only half grown,
ignored by the harvester, despised by the binder.
And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing:
"The Lord bless you; we bless you in the Lord's name."
Jun 3, 2014
A Song of Ascents.
Blessed is everyone who fears Yahweh, who walks in his ways.
For you will eat the labor of your hands.
You will be happy, and it will be well with you.
Your wife will be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of your house;
your children like olive plants, around your table.
Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears Yahweh.
May Yahweh bless you out of Zion,
and may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel.
May 27, 2014
1 Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,
done in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever-
holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
May 20, 2014
For the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A contemplation by David.
55:1 Listen to my prayer, God.
Don’t hide yourself from my supplication.
55:2 Attend to me, and answer me.
I am restless in my complaint, and moan,
55:3 Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they bring suffering on me.
In anger they hold a grudge against me.
55:4 My heart is severely pained within me.
The terrors of death have fallen on me.
55:5 Fearfulness and trembling have come on me.
Horror has overwhelmed me.
55:6 I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!
Then I would fly away, and be at rest.
55:7 Behold, then I would wander far off.
I would lodge in the wilderness.”
55:8 “I would hurry to a shelter from the stormy wind and storm.”
55:9 Confuse them, Lord, and confound their language,
for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
55:10 Day and night they prowl around on its walls.
Malice and abuse are also within her.
55:11 Destructive forces are within her.
Threats and lies don’t depart from her streets.
55:12 For it was not an enemy who insulted me, then I could have endured it.
Neither was it he who hated me who raised himself up against me,
then I would have hidden myself from him.
55:13 But it was you, a man like me, my companion, and my familiar friend.
55:14 We took sweet fellowship together.
We walked in God’s house with company.
55:15 Let death come suddenly on them. Let them go down alive into Sheol.
For wickedness is in their dwelling, in their midst.
55:16 As for me, I will call on God. Yahweh will save me.
55:17 Evening, morning, and at noon, I will cry out in distress.
He will hear my voice.
55:18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
although there are many who oppose me.
55:19 God, who is enthroned forever, will hear, and answer them.
They never change, who don’t fear God.
55:20 He raises his hands against his friends. He has violated his covenant.
55:21 His mouth was smooth as butter, but his heart was war.
His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.
55:22 Cast your burden on Yahweh, and he will sustain you.
He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
55:23 But you, God, will bring them down into the pit of destruction.
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days, but I will trust in you.