Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Day 176: Psalms 86 - 89

Chapter 86

Great Is Your Steadfast Love
A Prayer of David

1: Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2: Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. 3: Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
4: Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5: For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6: Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
7: In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
8: There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
9: All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
10: For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
11: Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
12: I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
13: For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14: O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life,
and they do not set you before them.
15: But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16: Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant.
17: Show me a sign of your favour, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame
because you LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Chapter 87

Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
A Psalm of the Sons of Korah: A Song

1: On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
2: the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
3: Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God. Selah
4: Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cusha — “This one was born there,” they say.
5: And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her.
6: The LORD records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah
7: Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”

Chapter 88

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah: To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskilaof Heman the Ezrahite

1: O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you.
2: Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!
3: For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.
4: I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man, who has no strength,
5: like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.
6: You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep.
7: Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah
8: You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
9: my eye grows dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O LORD; I spread out my hands to you.
10: Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
11: Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12: Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13: But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14: O LORD, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?
15: Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
16: Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me.
17: They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together.
18: You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.

Chapter 89

I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the LORD
A Maskila of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1: I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2: For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
3: You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:
4: ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
5: Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
6: For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beingsb is like the LORD,
7: God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
8: O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
9: You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.
10: You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11: The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12: The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Harmon joyously praise your name.
13: You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15: Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
16: who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.
17: For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted.
18: For our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19: Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said: “I have granted help to one who is mighty; I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20: I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21: so that my hand shall be established with him; my arm also shall strengthen him.
22: The enemy shall not outwit him; the wicked shall not humble him.
23: I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him.
24: My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25: I will set his hand on the sea and his right hand on the rivers.
26: He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27: And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
28: My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29: I will establish his offspring forever and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30: If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules,
31: if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,
32: then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes,
33: but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.
34: I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35: Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
36: His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me.
37: Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
38: But now you have cast off and rejected; you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39: You have renounced the covenant with your servant; you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40: You have breached all his walls; you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41: All who pass by plunder him; he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42: You have exalted the right hand of his foes; you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43: You have also turned back the edge of his sword, and you have not made him stand in battle.
44: You have made his splendor to cease and cast his throne to the ground.
45: You have cut short the days of his youth; you have covered him with shame. Selah
46: How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47: Remember how short my time is! For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48: What man can live and never see death? Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
49: Lord, where is your steadfast love of old, which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50: Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked, and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51: with which your enemies mock, O LORD, with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
52: Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Day 175: Psalms 80 - 85

Chapter 80
Restore Us, O God
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony, Of Asaph, a Psalm

1: Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You, who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
2: Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!
3: Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
4: O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5: You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6: You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7: Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
8: You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
9: You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
10: The Mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches.
11: : It sent out its branches to the sea and its shoots to the River.
12: Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13: The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
14: Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
15: the stock that your right hand planted, and for the son whom you made strong for yourself.
16: They have burned it with fire; they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your face!
17: But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18: Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!
19: Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Chapter 81

Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.  Of Asaph

1: Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
2: Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.
3: Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.
4: For it is a statute for Israel, a rule of the God of Jacob.
5: He made it a decree in Joseph when he went out over the land of Egypt. I hear a language I had not known:
6: “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.
7: In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8: Hear, O my people, while I admonish you! O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
9: There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.
10: I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
11: “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.
12: So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
13: Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
14: I would soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.
15: Those who hate the LORD would cringe toward him, and their fate would last forever.
16: But he would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Chapter 82

Rescue the Weak and Needy
A Psalm of Asaph.

1: God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3: Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
4: Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
5: They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6: I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
7: nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”
8: Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

Chapter 83

O God, Do Not Keep Silence
A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

1: O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2: For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads.
3: They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.
4: They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
5: For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant -
6: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
7: Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8: Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah
9: Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10: who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground.
11: Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12: who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves of the pastures of God.”
13: O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind.
14: As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15: so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane!
16: Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD.
17: Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace,
18: that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.

Chapter 84

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the LORD
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
1: How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
2: My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
3: Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4: Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah
5: Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6: As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.
7: They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.
8: O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
9: Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed!
10: For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Chapter 85

Revive Us Again
To the choirmaster: A Psalm of the Sons of Korah

1: LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2: You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. Selah
3: You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
4: Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!
5: Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6: Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
7: Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
8: Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
9: Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
10: Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11: Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
12: Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
13: Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Day 174: Psalms 78 - 79

Chapter 78

Tell the Coming Generation
A Maskil of Asaph

1: Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2: I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3: things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.
4: We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
5: He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
6: that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children,
7: so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;
8: and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
9: The Ephraimites, armed with the bow, turned back on the day of battle.
10: They did not keep God’s covenant, but refused to walk according to his law.
11: : They forgot his works and the wonders that he had shown them.
12: In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
13: He divided the sea and let them pass through it, and made the waters stand like a heap.
14: In the daytime he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a fiery light.
15: He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
16: He made streams come out of the rock and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
17: Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18: They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved.
19: They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
20: He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”
21: Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel,
22: because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.
23: Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven,
24: and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven.
25: Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance.
26: He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind;
27: he rained meat on them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas;
28: he let them fall in the midst of their camp, all around their dwellings.
29: And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.
30: But before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths,
31: the anger of God rose against them, and he killed the strongest of them and laid low the young men of Israel.
32: In spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe.
33: So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror.
34: When he killed them, they sought him; they repented and sought God earnestly.
35: They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer.
36: But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues.
37: Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.
38: Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.
39: He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again.
40: How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert!
41: They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
42: They did not remember his power or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,
43: when he performed his signs in Egypt and his marvels in the fields of Zoan.
44: He turned their rivers to blood, so that they could not drink of their streams.
45: He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them.
46: He gave their crops to the destroying locust and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
47: He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamores with frost.
48: He gave over their cattle to the hail and their flocks to thunderbolts.
49: He let loose on them his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels.
50: He made a path for his anger; he did not spare them from death, but gave their lives over to the plague.
51: He struck down every firstborn in Egypt, the first fruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.
52: Then he led out his people like sheep and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53: He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54: And he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won.
55: He drove out nations before them; he apportioned them for a possession and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
56: Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies,
57: but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow.
58: For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
59: When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel.
60: He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
61: and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe.
62: He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage.
63: Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song.
64: Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
65: Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a strong man shouting because of wine.
66: And he put his adversaries to rout; he put them to everlasting shame.
67: He rejected the tent of Joseph; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
68: but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loves.
69: He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.
70: He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds;
71: from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.
72: With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

Chapter 79

How Long, O LORD?
A Psalm of Asaph

1: O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple;
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 
2: They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the heavens for food, the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
3: They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them.
4: We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us.
5: How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire?
6: Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name!
7: For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation.
8: Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low.
9: Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake!
10: Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants be known among the nations before our eyes!
11: : Let the groans of the prisoners come before you; according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
12: Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
13: But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Day 173: Psalms 74 - 77

Chapter 74

Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
A Maskil of Asaph

1: O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
2: Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.
3: Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins; the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary!
4: Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place; they set up their own signs for signs.
5: They were like those who swing axes in a forest of trees.
6: And all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
7: They set your sanctuary on fire; they profaned the dwelling place of your name, bringing it down to the ground.
8: They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”; they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9: We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet, and there is none among us who knows how long.
10: How long, O God, is the foe to scoff? Is the enemy to revile your name forever?
11: : Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand? Take it from the fold of your garment and destroy them!
12: Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
13: You divided the sea by your might; you broke the heads of the sea monsters on the waters.
14: You crushed the heads of Leviathan; you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.
15: You split open springs and brooks; you dried up ever-flowing streams.
16: Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
17: You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you have made summer and winter.
18: Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy scoffs, and a foolish people reviles your name.
19: Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.
20: Have regard for the covenant, for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
21: Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame; let the poor and needy praise your name.
22: Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!
23: Do not forget the clamor of your foes, the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually!

Chapter 75

God Will Judge with Equity
To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph, A Song

1: We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.
2: “At the set time that I appoint I will judge with equity.
3: When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
4: I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
5: do not lift up your horn on high, or speak with haughty neck.’”
6: For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
7: but it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another.
8: For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup with foaming wine, well mixed, and he pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth shall drain it down to the dregs.
9: But I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
10: All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.

Chapter 76

Who Can Stand Before You?
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.

1: In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel.
2: His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.
3: There he broke the flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah
4: Glorious are you, more majestic than the mountains full of prey.
5: The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; all the men of war were unable to use their hands.
6: At your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both rider and horse lay stunned.
7: But you, you are to be feared! Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?
8: From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still,
9: when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
10: : Surely the wrath of man shall praise you; the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
11: : Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts
to him who is to be feared,
12: : who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth.

Chapter 77

In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph

1: I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me.
2: In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.
3: When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah
4: You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5: I consider the days of old, the years long ago.
6: I said, “Let me remember my song in the night; let me meditate in my heart.” Then my spirit made a diligent search:
7: “Will the Lord spurn forever and never again be favorable? 8Has his steadfast love forever ceased? Are his promises at an end for all time?
9: Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah
10: Then I said, “I will appeal to this, to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
11: : I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
12: I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.
13: Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?
14: You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.
15: You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
16: When the waters saw you, O God, when the waters saw you, they were afraid; indeed, the deep trembled.
17: The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; your arrows flashed on every side.
18: The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; your lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook.
19: Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen.
20: You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.