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Song for the New Day

For the Pure and Shining One

A song of smiting, sung for the new day by King David[a]

Intercession

12 Help, Lord! Save us! For godly ones are disappearing.
    Where are the dependable, principled ones?
    They’re a vanishing breed!
Everyone lies, everyone flatters, and everyone deceives.
    Nothing but empty talk, smooth talk, and double-talk.
3–4 You will destroy every proud liar who says, “We lie all we want.
    Our words are our weapons, and we won’t be held accountable.
    Who can stop us?”
    May Yahweh cut off their twisted tongues
    and seal their lying lips.
    May they all be silenced—those who boast and brag with their
    high-minded talk.

Intervention

But the Lord says, “Now I will arise!
    I will defend the poor,
    those who were plundered, the oppressed,
    and the needy who groan for help.
    I will spring into action to rescue and protect them!”
For every word Yahweh speaks is sure and reliable.
    His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful.
    It’s as pure as silver refined seven times in a crucible of clay.[b]

Inspiration

7–8 Lord, you will keep us safe,
    out of the reach of the wicked.
    Even though they strut and prowl,
    tolerating and celebrating what is worthless and vile,
    you will still lift up those who are yours!

Footnotes

  1. 12 The events surrounding this psalm could be the killing of the priests by Saul in 1 Sam. 22:17–19. Saul ordered the death of “eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.” The killing rampage continued until an entire community of priests had been slaughtered with their women and children. This great evil marked David from that day forward. The inscription found in the Septuagint is “The Eighth Psalm of David.”
  2. 12:6 The clay furnace (“crucible”) is the heart of man. We are the earthen vessels inside which God has placed his flawless words. His words test us, they try us, and they refine us, seven times over, until they are purified and assimilated into our spirits. The fire of testing purifies us as vessels to carry the Word within our hearts.

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