Monday, 28 August 2017

Day 181: Psalms 108 - 114

Chapter 108

With God We Shall Do Valiantly
A Song: A Psalm of David

1: My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being!
2: Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
3: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
4: For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
6: That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
7: God has promised in his holiness: “With exultation I will divide up Shechem and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
8: Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter.
9: Moab is my washbasin; upon Edom I cast my shoe; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
10: Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?
11: Have you not rejected us, O God? You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
12: Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!
13: With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.

Chapter 109

Help Me, O LORD My God
To the choirmaster: A Psalm of David

1: Be not silent, O God of my praise!
2: For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me, speaking against me with lying tongues.
3: They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause.
4: In return for my love they accuse me, but I give myself to prayer.
5: So they reward me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
6: Appoint a wicked man against him; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7: When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin!
8: May his days be few; may another take his office!
9: May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow!
10: May his children wander about and beg, seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!
11: May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
12: Let there be none to extend kindness to him, nor any to pity his fatherless children!
13: May his posterity be cut off; may his name be blotted out in the second generation!
14: May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!
15: Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!
16: For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.
17: He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!
18: He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water,
like oil into his bones!
19: May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day!
20: May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my life!
21: But you, O GOD my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!
22: For I am poor and needy, and my heart is stricken within me.
23: I am gone like a shadow at evening; I am shaken off like a locust.
24: My knees are weak through fasting; my body has become gaunt, with no fat.
25: I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads.
26: Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love!
27: Let them know that this is your hand; you, O LORD, have done it!
28: Let them curse, but you will bless! They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!
29: May my accusers be clothed with dishonor; may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!
30: With my mouth I will give great thanks to the LORD; I will praise him in the midst of the throng.
31: For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Chapter 110  

Sit at My Right Hand
A Psalm of David

1: The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
2: The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!
3: Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.
4: The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”
5: The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
6: He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs
over the wide earth.
7: He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head.

Chapter 111

Great Are the LORD’s Works

1: Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2: Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.
3: Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
4: He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
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, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
7: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
8: they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9: He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!
10: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!

Chapter 112

The Righteous Will Never Be Moved

1:  Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
2: His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3: Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4: Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
5: It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
6: For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.
7: He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
8: His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
9: He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
10: The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!

Chapter 113

Who Is like the LORD Our God?

1: Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD!
2: Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore!
3: From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!
4: The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!
5: Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,
6: who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
7: He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8: to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.
9: He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the LORD!

Chapter 114

Tremble at the Presence of the Lord

1: When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,
2: Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.
3: The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.
4: The Mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.
5: What ails you, O sea that you flee? O Jordan that you turn back?
6: O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?
7: Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8: who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.

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