1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the [a]path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by [b]streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its [c]leaf does not wither; And [d]in whatever he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the Lord[e]knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.
The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed.
2 Why are the [f]nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His [g]Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”
4 He who [h]sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, 6 “But as for Me, I have [i]installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
7 “I will surely tell of the [j]decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the [k]nations as Your inheritance, And the veryends of the earth as Your possession. 9 ‘You shall [l]break them with a [m]rod of iron, You shall shatter them like [n]earthenware.’”
10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O [o]judges of the earth. 11 [p]Worship the Lord with [q]reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12 [r]Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may [s]soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
Morning Prayer of Trust in God.
A Psalm of David, when [t]he fled from Absalom his son.
3 O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. 2 Many are saying [u]of my soul, “There is no [v]deliverance for him in God.” [w]Selah.
3 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. 4 I was crying to the Lord with my voice, And He answered me from His holy [x]mountain. Selah. 5 [y]I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God! For You [z]have smitten all my enemies on the [aa]cheek; You [ab]have shattered the teeth of the wicked. 8 [ac]Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing [ad]be upon Your people! Selah.
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