Send Out Your Light and Your Truth

43 (A)Vindicate me, O God, and (B)defend my cause
    against an ungodly people,
from (C)the deceitful and unjust man
    deliver me!
For you are (D)the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you (E)rejected me?
Why do I (F)go about mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

(G)Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your (H)holy hill
    and to your (I)dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

(J)Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
(K)Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

Come to Our Help

To the choirmaster. (L)A Maskil[a] of the Sons of Korah.

44 O God, we have heard with our ears,
    (M)our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
    (N)in the days of old:
you with your own hand (O)drove out the nations,
    but (P)them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
    but (Q)them you set free;
for not (R)by their own sword did they win the land,
    nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
    and (S)the light of your face,
    (T)for you delighted in them.

(U)You are my King, O God;
    (V)ordain salvation for Jacob!
Through you we (W)push down our foes;
    through your name we (X)tread down those who rise up against us.
For not in (Y)my bow do I trust,
    nor can my sword save me.
But you have saved us from our foes
    and have (Z)put to shame those who hate us.
(AA)In God we have boasted continually,
    and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

But you have (AB)rejected us and disgraced us
    and (AC)have not gone out with our armies.
10 You have made us (AD)turn back from the foe,
    and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
11 You have made us like (AE)sheep for slaughter
    and have (AF)scattered us among the nations.
12 (AG)You have sold your people for a trifle,
    demanding no high price for them.
13 You have made us (AH)the taunt of our neighbors,
    the derision and (AI)scorn of those around us.
14 You have made us (AJ)a byword among the nations,
    (AK)a laughingstock[b] among the peoples.
15 All day long my disgrace is before me,
    and (AL)shame has covered my face
16 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
    at the sight of (AM)the enemy and the avenger.

17 (AN)All this has come upon us,
    though we have not forgotten you,
    and we have not been false to your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
    nor have our (AO)steps (AP)departed from your way;
19 yet you have (AQ)broken us in the place of (AR)jackals
    and covered us with (AS)the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or (AT)spread out our hands to (AU)a foreign god,
21 (AV)would not God discover this?
    (AW)For he knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet (AX)for your sake we are killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 (AY)Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
    Rouse yourself! (AZ)Do not reject us forever!
24 Why (BA)do you hide your face?
    Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
25 For our (BB)soul is bowed down to the dust;
    our belly clings to the ground.
26 Rise up; (BC)come to our help!
    (BD)Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!

Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil[c] of (BE)the Sons of Korah; a love song.

45 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
    I address my verses to the king;
    my tongue is like the pen of (BF)a ready scribe.

You are (BG)the most handsome of the sons of men;
    (BH)grace is poured upon your lips;
    therefore God has blessed you forever.
(BI)Gird your (BJ)sword on your thigh, O (BK)mighty one,
    in (BL)your splendor and majesty!

In your majesty (BM)ride out victoriously
    for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
    let your right hand teach you (BN)awesome deeds!
Your arrows are sharp
    in the heart of the king's enemies;
    the peoples fall under you.

(BO)Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
    The (BP)scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
    (BQ)you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore (BR)God, your God, has (BS)anointed you
    with the oil of (BT)gladness (BU)beyond your companions;
    your robes are all fragrant with (BV)myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces (BW)stringed instruments make you glad;
    daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
    (BX)at your right hand stands the queen in (BY)gold of Ophir.

10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
    forget your people and your father's house,
11     and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your (BZ)lord, (CA)bow to him.
12     The people[d] of Tyre will (CB)seek your favor with (CC)gifts,
    (CD)the richest of the people.[e]

13 All glorious is (CE)the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
14     (CF)In many-colored robes (CG)she is led to the king,
    with her virgin companions following behind her.
15 With joy and gladness they are led along
    as they enter the palace of the king.

16 In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
    you will make them (CH)princes in all the earth.
17 (CI)I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
    therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.


  1. Psalm 44:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 44:14 Hebrew a shaking of the head
  3. Psalm 45:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  4. Psalm 45:12 Hebrew daughter
  5. Psalm 45:12 Or The daughter of Tyre is here with gifts, the richest of people seek your favor

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