For the choir director; on a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.
61 Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength [a]against the enemy. 4 Let me [b]dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. [c]Selah.
5 For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name. 6 You will [d]prolong the king’s [e]life; His years will be as many generations. 7 He will [f]abide before God forever; Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him. 8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day.
God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.
For the choir director; [g]according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
62 My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. 2 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will you assail a man, That you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence? 4 They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position; They delight in falsehood; They bless with [h]their mouth, But inwardly they curse. [i]Selah.
5 My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Men of low degree are only vanity and men of rank are a lie; In the balances they go up; They are together lighter than breath. 10 Do not trust in oppression And do not [j]vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them.
11 [k]Once God has spoken; [l]Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God; 12 And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work.
The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God.
A Psalm of David, [m]when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You [n]earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh [o]yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. 3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. 4 So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with [p]marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, 7 For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. 8 My soul clings [q]to You; Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek my [r]life to destroy it, Will go into the [s]depths of the earth. 10 [t]They will be [u]delivered over to the power of the sword; They will be a [v]prey for foxes. 11 But the king will rejoice in God; Everyone who swears by Him will glory, For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.
Prayer for Deliverance from Secret Enemies.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
64 Hear my voice, O God, in my [w]complaint; Preserve my life from dread of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity, 3 Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow, 4 To shoot [x]from concealment at the blameless; Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear. 5 They [y]hold fast to themselves an evil purpose; They [z]talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who can see them?” 6 They [aa]devise injustices, saying, “We are [ab]ready with a well-conceived plot”; For the [ac]inward thought and the heart of a man are [ad]deep.
7 But God [ae]will shoot at them with an arrow; Suddenly [af]they will be wounded. 8 So [ag]they [ah]will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head. 9 Then all men [ai]will fear, And they [aj]will declare the work of God, And [ak]will consider [al]what He has done. 10 The righteous man will be glad in the Lord and will take refuge in Him; And all the upright in heart will glory.
God’s Abundant Favor to Earth and Man.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.
65 There will be silence [am]before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed. 2 O You who hear prayer, To You all [an]men come. 3 [ao]Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You [ap]forgive them. 4 How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.
5 By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest [aq]sea; 6 Who establishes the mountains by His strength, Being girded with might; 7 Who stills the roaring of the seas, The roaring of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples. 8 They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the [ar]dawn and the sunset shout for joy.
9 You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it; The [as]stream of God is full of water; You prepare their grain, for thus You prepare [at]the earth. 10 You water its furrows abundantly, You [au]settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth. 11 You have crowned the year [av]with Your [aw]bounty, And Your [ax]paths drip with fatness. 12 The pastures of the wilderness drip, And the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. 13 The meadows are clothed with flocks And the valleys are covered with grain; They shout for joy, yes, they sing.
Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer.
For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm.
66 Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; 2 Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will [ay]give feigned obedience to You. 4 “All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” [az]Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God, Who isawesome in His deeds toward the sons of men. 6 He turned the sea into dry land; They passed through the river on foot; There let us rejoice in Him! 7 He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8 Bless our God, O peoples, And [ba]sound His praise abroad, 9 Who [bb]keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to [bc]slip. 10 For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. 11 You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. 12 You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance. 13 I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows, 14 Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress. 15 I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts, With the smoke of rams; I shall make an offering of[bd]bulls with male goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all who [be]fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul. 17 I cried to Him with my mouth, And [bf]He was extolled with my tongue. 18 If I [bg]regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord [bh]will not [bi]hear; 19 But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.
The Nations Exhorted to Praise God.
For the choir director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.
67 God be gracious to us and bless us, Andcause His face to shine [bj]upon us— [bk]Selah. 2 That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness And guide the nations on the earth. Selah. 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, [bl]That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.
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