The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
41 How blessed is he who considers the [a]helpless; The Lord will deliver him in a day of [b]trouble. 2 The Lord will protect him and keep him alive, And he shall [c]be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 3 The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You [d]restore him to health.
4 As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” 5 My enemies speak evil against me, “When will he die, and his name perish?” 6 And [e]when he comes to see me, he speaks [f]falsehood; His heart gathers wickedness to itself; When he goes outside, he tells it. 7 All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they devise my hurt, saying, 8 “A wicked thing is poured out [g]upon him, That when he lies down, he will not rise up again.” 9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
10 But You, O Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up, That I may repay them. 11 By this I know that You are pleased with me, Because my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. 12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, From everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.
Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.
For the choir director. A [h]Maskil of the sons of Korah.
42 As the deer [i]pants for the water brooks, So my soul [j]pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and [k]appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While theysay to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and[l]lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you [m]in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? [n]Hope in God, for I shall [o]again praise [p]Him For the [q]help of His presence. 6 O my God, my soul is [r]in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan And the [s]peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. 8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning [t]because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you [u]in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? [v]Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The [w]help of my countenance and my God.
Prayer for Deliverance.
43 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; [x]O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! 2 For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning [y]because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God [z]my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.
5 Why are you [aa]in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? [ab]Hope in God, for I shall [ac]again praise Him, The [ad]help of my countenance and my God.
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