Thursday, 24 August 2017

Day 177: Psalms 90 - 95

Chapter 90

From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
1: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3: You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”
4: For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.
5: You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:
6: in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.
7: For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.
8: You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9: For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
10: The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their spanc is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
11: Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?
12: So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
13: Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!
14: Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15: Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.
16: Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
17: Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!

Chapter 91

My Refuge and My Fortress
1: He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2: I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
3: For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4: He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5: You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6: nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7: A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
8: You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
9: Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place - the Most High, who is my refuge –
10: no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
11: For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
12: On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13: You will tread on the lion and the adder;the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14: “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15: When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
16: With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Chapter 92

How Great Are Your Works
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.
1: It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2: to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
3: to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
4: For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5: How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!
6: The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
7: that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;
8: but you, O LORD, are on high forever. 9For behold, your enemies, O LORD, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.
10: But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.
11: My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
12: The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13: They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.
14: They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,
15: to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Chapter 93
The LORD Reigns
1: The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2: Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
3: The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
4: Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!
5Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

Chapter 94

The LORD Will Not Forsake His People
1: O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance, shine forth!
2: Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve!
3: O LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?
4: They pour out their arrogant words; all the evildoers boast.
5: They crush your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.
6: They kill the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless;
7: and they say, “The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive.”
8: Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?
9: He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?
10: He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?
He who teaches man knowledge –
11: the LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.
12: Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law,
13: to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14: For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;
15: for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16: Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?
17: If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18: When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
19: When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
20: Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?
21: They band together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22: But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.
23: He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out.

Chapter 95

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise
1: Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2: Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3: For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4: In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.
5: The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
6: Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7: For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,
8: do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9: when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10: For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.”
11: Therefore I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.”

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