143 Hear my prayer, O Lord, Listen to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, and in Your righteousness. 2 And do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no man living is righteous or justified. 3 For the enemy has persecuted me, He has crushed my life down to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have been long dead. 4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed and weak within me [wrapped in darkness]; My heart grows numb within me.
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands. 6 I reach out my hands to You; My throat thirsts for You, as a parched land [thirsts for water]. Selah.
7 Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down into the pit (grave). 8 Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For I trust in You. Teach me the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. 9 Rescue me, O Lord, from my enemies; I take refuge in You.
10 Teach me to do Your will [so that I may please You], For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 Save my life, O Lord, for Your name’s sake; In Your righteousness bring my life out of trouble. 12 In your lovingkindness, silence and destroy my enemies And destroy all those who afflict my life, For I am Your servant.
Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity.
A Psalm of David.
144 Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my great strength, Who trains my hands for war And my fingers for battle; 2 My [steadfast] lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my rescuer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3 Lord, what is man that You take notice of him? Or the son of man that You think of him? 4 Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a shadow that passes away.
5 Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they will smoke. 6 Flash lightning and scatter my enemies; Send out Your arrows and confuse and embarrass and frustrate them. 7 Stretch out Your hand from above; Set me free and rescue me from great waters, Out of the hands of [hostile] foreigners [who surround us] 8 Whose mouths speak deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You, 10 Who gives salvation to kings, Who sets David His servant free from the evil sword. 11 Set me free and rescue me from the hand of [hostile] foreigners, Whose mouth speaks deceit [without restraint], And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
12 Let our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, And our daughters like corner pillars fashioned for a palace; 13 Let our barns be full, supplying every kind of produce, And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; 14 Let our cattle bear Without mishap and without loss, And let there be no outcry in our streets! 15 How blessed and favored are the people in such circumstance; How blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored] are the people whose God is the Lord!
The Lord Extolled for His Goodness.
A Psalm of praise. Of David.
145 I will exalt You, my God, O King, And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You and lovingly praise You; Yes, [with awe-inspired reverence] I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is [so vast and profound as to be] unsearchable [incomprehensible to man]. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty and remarkable acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. 6 People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They will overflow [like a fountain] when they speak of Your great and abundant goodness And will sing joyfully of Your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. 9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created]. 10 All Your works shall give thanks to You and praise You, O Lord, And Your godly ones will bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power, 12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glorious majesty of Your kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14 The Lord upholds all those [of His own] who fall And raises up all those who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look to You [in hopeful expectation], And You give them their food in due time. 16 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is [unwaveringly] righteous in all His ways And gracious and kind in all His works. 18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him, To all who call on Him in truth (without guile). 19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience]; He also will hear their cry and will save them. 20 The Lord keeps all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever.
The Lord an Abundant Helper.
146 Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!) Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live. 3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (help). 4 When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts and plans perish. 5 How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel), Whose hope is in the Lord his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them, Who keeps truth and is faithful forever, 7 Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets free the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the [a]righteous [the upright in heart]. 9 The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow; But He makes crooked the way of the wicked. 10 The Lord shall reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Praise for Jerusalem’s Restoration and Prosperity.
147 Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our [gracious and majestic] God; Praise is becoming and appropriate. 2 The Lord is building up Jerusalem; He is gathering [together] the exiles of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow]. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. 5 Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless]. 6 The Lord lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God with the lyre, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass grow on the mountains. 9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens that for which they cry. 10 He does not delight in the strength (military power) of the horse, Nor does He take pleasure in the legs (strength) of a man. 11 The Lord favors those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], Those who wait for His mercy and lovingkindness.
12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13 For He has strengthened the bars of your gates, He has blessed your children within you. 14 He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat. 15 He sends His command to the earth; His word runs very swiftly. 16 He gives [to the earth] snow like [a blanket of] wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. 17 He casts out His ice like fragments; Who can stand before His cold? 18 He sends out His word and melts the ice; He causes His wind to blow and the waters to flow. 19 He declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. 20 He has not dealt this way with any [other] nation; They have not known [understood, appreciated, heeded, or cherished] His ordinances. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
The Whole Creation Invoked to Praise the Lord.
148 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! 2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts (armies)! 3 Praise Him, sun and moon: Praise Him, all stars of light! 4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters above the heavens! 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. 6 He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which shall not pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps; 8 Lightning and hail, snow and fog; Stormy wind, fulfilling His orders; 9 Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; 10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged birds; 11 Kings of the earth and all people; Princes and all judges of the earth; 12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted and supreme; His glory and majesty are above earth and heaven. 14 He has lifted up a horn for His people [giving them strength, prosperity, dignity, and preeminence], Praise for all His godly ones; For the people of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Israel Invoked to Praise the Lord.
149 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, And praise Him in the congregation of His godly ones (believers). 2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let Zion’s children rejoice in their King. 3 Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with the tambourine and lyre. 4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
5 Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats, And a two-edged sword in their hands, 7 To execute vengeance on the nations And punishment on the peoples, 8 To bind their kings with chains And their nobles with fetters of iron, 9 To execute on them the judgment written. This is the honor for all His godly ones. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
A Psalm of Praise.
150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty heavens. 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to [the abundance of] His greatness.
3 Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute. 5 Praise Him with resounding cymbals; Praise Him with loud cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)
Psalm 146:8I.e. those whose moral and spiritual integrity places them in right standing with God.
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