Thursday, 10 August 2017

Day 163: Psalms 21 - 25

Chapter 21

The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength
To the choirmaster - A Psalm of David.

1: O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
2: You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3: For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
4: He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.
5: His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
6: For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
7: For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.
8: Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.
9: You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.
10: You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.
11: Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12: For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.
13Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

Chapter 22

Why Have You Forsaken Me?
To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn - A Psalm of David.

1: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2: O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
3: Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4: In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.
5: To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6: But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7: All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8: “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
9: Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10: On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11: Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
12: Many bulls encompass me; strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13: they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.
14: I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;
15: my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
16: For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet
17: I can count all my bones - they stare and gloat over me;
18: they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
19: But you, O Lord, do not be far off! O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20: Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog!
21: Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22: I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23: You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24: For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him.
25: From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26: The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!
27: All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.
28: For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
29: All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30: Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31: they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.

Chapter 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David

1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2: He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3: He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever

Chapter 24

The King of Glory
A Psalm of David

1: The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world and those who dwell therein,
2: for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
3: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4: He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
5: He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6: Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob Selah
7: Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors,  that the King of glory may come in.
8: Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!
9: Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors that the King of glory may come in.
10: Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

Chapter 25

Teach Me Your Paths
Of David

1: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2: O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.
3: Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4: Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
5: Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
6: Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
7: Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
8: Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9: He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
10: All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11: For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12: Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13: His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14: The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
15: My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16: Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17: The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses.
18: Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.
19: Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20: Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21: May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

22: Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.