Monday, 7 August 2017

Day 160: Psalm 1 - 8

Chapter 1
The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
1: Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2: but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3: He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
4: The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5: Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6: for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Chapter 2

The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed
1: Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 
2: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3:“Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
4: He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
5: Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6: “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
7: I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
8: Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
9: You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10: Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11: Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12: Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. 
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Chapter 3

Save Me, O My God
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
1 O’ LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
2: many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3: But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4: I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5: I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
6: I will not be afraid of many thousands of people, who have set themselves against me all around.
7: Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
8: Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah

Chapter 4

Answer Me When I Call
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David

1: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
2: O men,  how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah
3: But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him.
4: Be angry,  and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
5: Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.
6: There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD!”
7: You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.
8: In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Chapter 5

Lead Me in Your Righteousness
To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David

1: Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning.
2: Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
3: O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for youa and watch.
4: For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
5: The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
6: You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7: But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.
8: Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
9: For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.
10: Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
11: But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
12: For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Chapter 6

O Lord, Deliver My Life
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David

1: O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.
2: Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
3: My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord, - how long?
4: Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5: For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?
6: I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.
7: My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.
8: Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9: The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.
10: All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Chapter 7

In You Do I Take Refuge
A Shiggaiona of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

1: O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
2: lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.
3: O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,
4: if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause,
5: let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust. Selah
6: Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
7: Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high.
8: The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
9: Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous - you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God!
10: My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart.
11: God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
12: If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow;
13: he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.
14: Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.
15: He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made.
16: His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends.
17: I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

Chapter 8

How Majestic Is Your Name
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

1: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2: Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
3: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4: what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
5: Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
6: You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
7: all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8: the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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