The Blessedness of Answered Prayer

A Psalm. A Song (A)at the dedication of the house of David.

30 I will extol You, O Lord, for You have (B)lifted me up,
And have not let my foes (C)rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You (D)healed me.
O Lord, (E)You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, [a]that I should not go down to the pit.

(F)Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of [b]His holy name.
For (G)His anger is but for a moment,
(H)His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But [c]joy comes in the morning.

Now in my prosperity I said,
“I shall never be [d]moved.”
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
(I)You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

I cried out to You, O Lord;
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
(J)Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!”

11 (K)You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off [e]my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my [f]glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

The Lord a Fortress in Adversity

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

31 In (L)You, O Lord, I [g]put my trust;
Let me never be ashamed;
Deliver me in Your righteousness.
(M)Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of [h]refuge,
A [i]fortress of defense to save me.

(N)For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, (O)for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.
Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me,
For You are my strength.
(P)Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of (Q)truth.

I have hated those (R)who regard useless idols;
But I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy,
For You have considered my trouble;
You have (S)known my soul in [j]adversities,
And have not (T)shut[k] me up into the hand of the enemy;
(U)You have set my feet in a wide place.

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble;
(V)My eye wastes away with grief,
Yes, my soul and my [l]body!
10 For my life is spent with grief,
And my years with sighing;
My strength fails because of my iniquity,
And my bones waste away.
11 (W)I am a [m]reproach among all my enemies,
But (X)especially among my neighbors,
And am repulsive to my acquaintances;
(Y)Those who see me outside flee from me.
12 (Z)I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind;
I am like a [n]broken vessel.
13 (AA)For I hear the slander of many;
(AB)Fear is on every side;
While they (AC)take counsel together against me,
They scheme to take away my life.

14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in Your (AD)hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.
16 (AE)Make Your face shine upon Your servant;
Save me for Your mercies’ sake.
17 (AF)Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You;
Let the wicked be ashamed;
(AG)Let them be silent in the grave.
18 (AH)Let the lying lips be put to silence,
Which (AI)speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 (AJ)Oh, how great is Your goodness,
Which You have laid up for those who fear You,
Which You have prepared for those who trust in You
In the presence of the sons of men!
20 (AK)You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence
From the plots of man;
(AL)You shall keep them secretly in a [o]pavilion
From the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
For (AM)He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a [p]strong city!
22 For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.

23 Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
24 (AN)Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

The Joy of Forgiveness

A Psalm of David. A [q]Contemplation.

32 Blessed is he whose (AO)transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord (AP)does not [r]impute iniquity,
And (AQ)in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your (AR)hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
(AS)I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

(AT)For this cause everyone who is godly shall (AU)pray to You
In a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters
They shall not come near him.
(AV)You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with (AW)songs of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
Do not be like the (AX)horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.

10 (AY)Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;
But (AZ)he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
11 (BA)Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!


  1. Psalm 30:3 So with Qr., Tg.; Kt., LXX, Syr., Vg. from those who descend to the pit
  2. Psalm 30:4 Or His holiness
  3. Psalm 30:5 a shout of joy
  4. Psalm 30:6 shaken
  5. Psalm 30:11 The sackcloth of my mourning
  6. Psalm 30:12 soul
  7. Psalm 31:1 have taken refuge
  8. Psalm 31:2 strength
  9. Psalm 31:2 Lit. house of fortresses
  10. Psalm 31:7 troubles
  11. Psalm 31:8 given me over
  12. Psalm 31:9 Lit. belly
  13. Psalm 31:11 despised thing
  14. Psalm 31:12 Lit. perishing
  15. Psalm 31:20 shelter
  16. Psalm 31:21 fortified
  17. Psalm 32:1 Heb. Maschil
  18. Psalm 32:2 charge his account with

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