Morning Prayer of Trust in God.

A Psalm of David, when [a]he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how (A)my enemies have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no (B)salvation for him in God.” Selah

But You, Lord, are (C)a shield around me,
My (D)glory, and the One who (E)lifts my head.
I was crying out to the Lord with my voice,
And He (F)answered me from (G)His holy [b]mountain. Selah
[c]I (H)lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustains me.
I will (I)not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have (J)set themselves against me all around.

(K)Arise, Lord; (L)save me, my God!
For You [d]have (M)struck all my enemies on the [e]cheek;
You [f]have (N)shattered the teeth of the wicked.
[g](O)Salvation belongs to the Lord;
May Your (P)blessing [h]be upon Your people! Selah

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 3 Title 2 Sam 15:13-17, 29
  2. Psalm 3:4 Or hill
  3. Psalm 3:5 Or As for me, I
  4. Psalm 3:7 Or strike
  5. Psalm 3:7 Or jaw
  6. Psalm 3:7 Or shatter
  7. Psalm 3:8 Or Deliverance
  8. Psalm 3:8 Or is

Evening Prayer of Trust in God.

[a]For the music director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

(A)Answer me when (B)I call, God [b]of my righteousness!
You have [c](C)relieved me in my distress;
Be (D)gracious to me and (E)hear my prayer.

You sons of man, how long will (F)my [d]honor be treated as (G)an insult?
How long will you love (H)what is worthless and strive for a (I)lie? Selah
But know that the Lord has [e](J)set apart the (K)godly person for Himself;
The Lord (L)hears when I call to Him.

[f](M)Tremble, [g](N)and do not sin;
[h](O)Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah
Offer [i]the (P)sacrifices of righteousness,
And (Q)trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, “(R)Who will show us anything good?”
(S)Lift up the light of Your face upon us, Lord!
You have put (T)joy in my heart,
More than when their grain and new wine are abundant.
In peace I will [j]both (U)lie down and sleep,
For You alone, Lord, have me (V)dwell in safety.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 4 Title I.e., Belonging to the choir director’s anthology
  2. Psalm 4:1 I.e., who maintains my right
  3. Psalm 4:1 Lit made room for
  4. Psalm 4:2 Or glory
  5. Psalm 4:3 Another reading is dealt wonderfully with
  6. Psalm 4:4 I.e., with anger or fear
  7. Psalm 4:4 Or but
  8. Psalm 4:4 Lit Speak
  9. Psalm 4:5 Or righteous sacrifices
  10. Psalm 4:8 Or at the same time

God, a Helper against the Treacherous.

For the music director; [a]upon an eight-stringed lyre. A Psalm of David.

12 Help, Lord, for (A)the godly person has come to an end,
For the faithful have disappeared from the sons of mankind.
They (B)speak [b]lies to one another;
They speak with [c](C)flattering lips and a double heart.
May the Lord cut off all [d]flattering lips,
The tongue that (D)speaks great things;
Who (E)have said, “With our tongue we will prevail;
Our lips are [e]our own; who is lord over us?”
“Because of the (F)devastation of the poor, because of the groaning of the needy,
Now (G)I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will (H)put him in the safety for which he longs.”

The (I)words of the Lord are pure words;
Like silver (J)refined in a furnace on the ground, filtered seven times.
You, Lord, will keep them;
You will (K)protect him from this generation forever.
The (L)wicked strut about on every side
When [f](M)vileness is exalted among the sons of mankind.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 12 Title Or according to a lower octave (Heb Sheminith)
  2. Psalm 12:2 Lit worthless speech
  3. Psalm 12:2 Lit a smooth lip
  4. Psalm 12:3 Lit a smooth lip
  5. Psalm 12:4 Lit with us
  6. Psalm 12:8 Or worthlessness

Prayer for Help in Trouble.

For the music director. A Psalm of David.

13 How long, Lord? Will You (A)forget me forever?
How long (B)will You hide Your face from me?
How long am I to (C)feel anxious in my soul,
With (D)grief in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

(E)Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
(F)Enlighten my eyes, or I will (G)sleep the sleep of death,
And my enemy will (H)say, “I have overcome him,”
And (I)my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

But I have (J)trusted in Your faithfulness;
My heart shall (K)rejoice in Your salvation.
I will (L)sing to the Lord,
Because He has (M)looked after me.

A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.

A Psalm of David.

28 To You, Lord, I call;
My (A)rock, do not be deaf to me,
For if You (B)are silent to me,
I will become like those who (C)go down to the pit.
Hear the (D)sound of my pleadings when I cry to You for help,
When I (E)raise my hands (F)toward [a]Your holy (G)sanctuary.
(H)Do not drag me away with the wicked
And with those who practice injustice,
Who (I)speak peace with their neighbors,
While evil is in their hearts.
Give back to them (J)according to their work and according to the evil of their practices;
Give back to them according to the work of their hands;
Repay them what is due them.
Because they (K)do not regard the works of the Lord
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He (L)has heard the sound of my pleading.
The Lord is my (M)strength and my (N)shield;
My heart (O)trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore (P)my heart triumphs,
And with (Q)my song I shall thank Him.
The Lord is [b]their (R)strength,
And He is a refuge of (S)salvation to His anointed.
(T)Save Your people and bless (U)Your inheritance;
Be their (V)shepherd also, and (W)carry them forever.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 28:2 Lit the innermost place of Your sanctuary
  2. Psalm 28:8 A few mss and ancient versions the strength of His people

Prayer for the Destruction of the Treacherous.

For the music director; on stringed instruments. A [a]Maskil of David.

55 (A)Listen to my prayer, God;
And (B)do not hide Yourself from my pleading.
Give Your (C)attention to me and answer me;
I am restless in my (D)complaint and [b](E)severely distracted,
Because of the voice of the enemy,
Because of the (F)pressure of the wicked;
For they (G)bring down [c]trouble upon me
And in anger they (H)hold a grudge against me.

My (I)heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of (J)death have fallen upon me.
Fear and (K)trembling come upon me,
And [d](L)horror has [e]overwhelmed me.
I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and [f](M)be at rest.
Behold, I would flee far away,
I would (N)spend my nights in the wilderness. Selah
I would hurry to my place of refuge
From the (O)stormy wind and heavy gale.”

Confuse them, Lord, (P)divide their tongues,
For I have seen (Q)violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around her upon her walls,
And evil and harm are in her midst.
11 (R)Destruction is in her midst;
(S)Oppression and deceit do not depart from her [g]streets.

12 For it is (T)not an enemy who taunts me,
Then I could endure it;
Nor is it one who hates me who (U)has exalted himself against me,
Then I could hide myself from him.
13 But it is you, a man [h]my equal,
My (V)companion and my (W)confidant;
14 We who had sweet [i]fellowship together,
(X)Walked in the house of God among the commotion.
15 May [j]death come (Y)deceitfully upon them;
May they (Z)go down alive to [k]Sheol,
For evil is in their dwelling, in their midst.

16 As for me, I shall (AA)call upon God,
And the Lord will save me.
17 (AB)Evening and (AC)morning and at (AD)noon, I will complain and moan,
And He will hear my voice.
18 He will (AE)redeem my soul in peace [l]from the battle which is against me,
For they are (AF)many who are aggressive toward me.
19 God will (AG)hear and humiliate them—
Even the one (AH)who [m]sits enthroned from ancient times— Selah
With whom there [n]is no change,
And who (AI)do not fear God.
20 He has put forth his hands against (AJ)those who were at peace with him;
He has [o](AK)violated his covenant.
21 His [p]speech was (AL)smoother than butter,
But his heart was war;
His words were (AM)softer than oil,
Yet they were drawn (AN)swords.

22 (AO)Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
(AP)He will never allow the righteous to [q](AQ)be shaken.
23 But You, God, will bring them down to the (AR)pit of destruction;
(AS)Men of bloodshed and deceit will (AT)not live out half their days.
But I will (AU)trust in You.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 55 Title Possibly Contemplative; or Didactic; or Skillful Psalm
  2. Psalm 55:2 Another reading is I must moan
  3. Psalm 55:3 Or wickedness
  4. Psalm 55:5 Lit shuddering
  5. Psalm 55:5 Lit covered
  6. Psalm 55:6 Lit settle down
  7. Psalm 55:11 Or plaza
  8. Psalm 55:13 Lit according to my valuation
  9. Psalm 55:14 Lit counsel; or intimacy
  10. Psalm 55:15 Another reading is devastation be upon them
  11. Psalm 55:15 I.e., the netherworld
  12. Psalm 55:18 Or so that none may approach me
  13. Psalm 55:19 Or remains from
  14. Psalm 55:19 Lit are no changes
  15. Psalm 55:20 Lit profaned
  16. Psalm 55:21 Lit mouth
  17. Psalm 55:22 Or totter