Psalm 67-86New King James Version (NKJV)
An Invocation and a Doxology
To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments.[a] A Psalm. A Song.
67 God be merciful to us and bless us,
3 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
5 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
The Glory of God in His Goodness to Israel
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
68 Let God arise,
4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
7 O God, when You went out before Your people,
11 The Lord gave the word;
15 A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
19 Blessed be the Lord,
21 But God will wound the head of His enemies,
24 They have seen Your procession, O God,
28 Your God has commanded[d] your strength;
32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth;
Blessed be God!
An Urgent Plea for Help in Trouble
To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.”[e] A Psalm of David.
69 Save me, O God!
4 Those who hate me without a cause
5 O God, You know my foolishness;
13 But as for me, my prayer is to You,
16 Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good;
19 You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;
22 Let their table become a snare before them,
29 But I am poor and sorrowful;
34 Let heaven and earth praise Him,
Prayer for Relief from Adversaries
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. To bring to remembrance.
70 Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
2 Let them be ashamed and confounded
4 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
5 But I am poor and needy;
God the Rock of Salvation
71 In You, O Lord, I put my trust;
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
7 I have become as a wonder to many,
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
12 O God, do not be far from me;
14 But I will hope continually,
17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;
19 Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high,
22 Also with the lute I will praise You—
Glory and Universality of the Messiah’s Reign
A Psalm of Solomon.
72 Give the king Your judgments, O God,
5 They shall fear You[g]
8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
12 For He will deliver the needy when he cries,
15 And He shall live;
16 There will be an abundance of grain in the earth,
17 His name shall endure forever;
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
BOOK THREE: Psalms 73—89
The Tragedy of the Wicked, and the Blessedness of Trust in God
A Psalm of Asaph.
73 Truly God is good to Israel,
4 For there are no pangs in their death,
10 Therefore his people return here,
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
21 Thus my heart was grieved,
25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
27 For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish;
A Plea for Relief from Oppressors
A Contemplation[i] of Asaph.
74 O God, why have You cast us off forever?
9 We do not see our signs;
18 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Lord,
22 Arise, O God, plead Your own cause;
Thanksgiving for God’s Righteous Judgment
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.”[j] A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
75 We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
2 “When I choose the proper time,
4 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’
6 For exaltation comes neither from the east
9 But I will declare forever,
10 “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off,
The Majesty of God in Judgment
To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments.[k] A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
76 In Judah God is known;
4 You are more glorious and excellent
7 You, Yourself, are to be feared;
10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise You;
11 Make vows to the Lord your God, and pay them;
The Consoling Memory of God’s Redemptive Works
To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
77 I cried out to God with my voice—
4 You hold my eyelids open;
7 Will the Lord cast off forever?
10 And I said, “This is my anguish;
16 The waters saw You, O God;
God’s Kindness to Rebellious Israel
A Contemplation[m] of Asaph.
78 Give ear, O my people, to my law;
5 For He established a testimony in Jacob,
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows,
12 Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers,
17 But they sinned even more against Him
21 Therefore the Lord heard this and was furious;
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens;
32 In spite of this they still sinned,
34 When He slew them, then they sought Him;
40 How often they provoked Him in the wilderness,
56 Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God,
65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
67 Moreover He rejected the tent of Joseph,
A Dirge and a Prayer for Israel, Destroyed by Enemies
A Psalm of Asaph.
79 O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance;
5 How long, Lord?
8 Oh, do not remember former iniquities against us!
11 Let the groaning of the prisoner come before You;
13 So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
Prayer for Israel’s Restoration
80 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
3 Restore us, O God;
4 O Lord God of hosts,
7 Restore us, O God of hosts;
8 You have brought a vine out of Egypt;
12 Why have You broken down her hedges,
14 Return, we beseech You, O God of hosts;
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
An Appeal for Israel’s Repentance
To the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath.[r] A Psalm of Asaph.
81 Sing aloud to God our strength;
3 Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon,
6 “I removed his shoulder from the burden;
8 “Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you!
11 “But My people would not heed My voice,
13 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
A Plea for Justice
A Psalm of Asaph.
82 God stands in the congregation of the mighty;
5 They do not know, nor do they understand;
6 I said, “You are gods,[t]
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
Prayer to Frustrate Conspiracy Against Israel
A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.
83 Do not keep silent, O God!
5 For they have consulted together with one consent;
9 Deal with them as with Midian,
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God
To the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath.[u] A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
84 How lovely is Your tabernacle,
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
12 O Lord of hosts,
Prayer that the Lord Will Restore Favor to the Land
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
85 Lord, You have been favorable to Your land;
4 Restore us, O God of our salvation,
8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak,
10 Mercy and truth have met together;
Prayer for Mercy, with Meditation on the Excellencies of the Lord
A Prayer of David.
86 Bow down Your ear, O Lord, hear me;
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
8 Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord;
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord;
14 O God, the proud have risen against me,
16 Oh, turn to me, and have mercy on me!
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