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Create in Me a Clean Heart

Psalm 51

For the music director: a psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Your mercy.
According to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions
and my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are just when You speak,
and blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin
when my mother conceived me.
Surely You desire truth in the inner being.
Make me know wisdom inwardly.
Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10 Let me hear joy and gladness,
so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
11 Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

12 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
13 Do not cast me from Your presence—
take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and sustain me with a willing spirit.
15 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
and sinners will return to You.
16 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
    God of my salvation.
Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
17 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
18 For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
19 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
A broken and a contrite heart, O God,
    You will not despise.

20 In Your favor do good to Zion.
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
21 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

Treacherous Tongue!

Psalm 52

For the music director: a contemplative song of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and reported to Saul telling him, “David went to Ahimelech’s house.”
Why do you brag about evil, mighty man?
God’s lovingkindness is every day.
Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, working deceit.
You love evil instead of good,
lying rather than speaking right. Selah
You love only devouring words—
treacherous tongue!
God will pull you down forever,
and snatch you, rip you out of your tent,
and uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
Then the righteous will see and fear,
and laugh at him:
“Here is the man who did not make God his stronghold.
Instead he trusted in his great riches—
    and was strong in his evil desire.”
10 But I—I am like an olive tree flourishing in the House of God.
I trust in God’s lovingkindness forever and ever.
11 I will praise You forever for what You have done.
I will hope in Your Name, for it is good,
in the presence of Your kedoshim.

A Fool Denies God

Psalm 53

For the music director: on Mahalath, a contemplative song of David.
The fool says in his heart:
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, commit vile injustice.
There is no one who does good.
God looks down from the heavens
on the children of men,
    to see if anyone understands,
    who seeks after God.
All have turned aside—
    together they have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good—
    no, not even one!
Will the evildoers never learn?
They consume My people as they would eat bread,
and never call upon God.
There they are in great dread—
where there is nothing to fear.
For God has scattered the bones of those besieging you.
You have put them to shame,
    for God has rejected them.

Who will give salvation for Israel out of Zion?
When God restores His captive people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad!

Surely God is My Helper

Psalm 54

For the music director, on stringed instruments, a contemplative song of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul: “Is not David hiding himself among us?”
O God, save me by Your Name,
vindicate me by Your might.
O God, hear my prayer,
listen to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen up against me.
Violent men seek after my soul.
They do not set God before them. Selah

Surely God is my helper.
My Lord is the supporter of my soul.
Let evil return to my foes.
Silence them with Your truth!
I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You.
I will praise Your name, Adonai, for it is good.
For He has delivered me from all trouble,
and my eye has gazed upon my enemies.

Betrayal by a Friend

Psalm 55

For the music director, on stringed instruments, a contemplative song of David.
Give ear, O God, to my prayer
and do not ignore my plea for help.
Listen to me and answer me.
I am restless in my complaint and moan—
because of the voice of the enemy,
    because of the pressure of the wicked.
For they thrust trouble on me,
    and in anger bear a grudge against me.
My heart shudders within me
and the terrors of death sweep over me.
Fear and trembling come upon me
and horror has overwhelmed me.
So I said, “Oh that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and find rest.
Surely I would flee far away.
    I would stay in the wilderness. Selah
I would hurry to my shelter
    from the rushing wind of the storm.”
10 Lord, confuse and confound their speech,
for I see violence and strife in the city.
11 Day and night they make the rounds on her walls.
Iniquity and mischief are within her.
12 Ruins are in her midst.
Oppression and deceit never leave her square.
13 For if it were an enemy taunting me,
    I could endure it.
If my foe was exalting himself over me,
    I could hide from him.
14 But it is you, a man like me—
my companion and my close friend!
15 Together we enjoyed great fellowship.
We used to walk with the throng in the House of God.
16 Let desolation come upon them,
let them go down alive into Sheol
for evil is in their dwelling, among them.

17 As for me, I will call on God,
and Adonai will save me.
18 Evening, morning and noon, I complain and moan,
then He hears my voice.
19 He will redeem my soul in shalom from the battle against me.
For many are striving with me.
20 God will hear and humble them
—yes, the One enthroned of old. Selah
Nothing changes—they do not fear God.
21 My companion put forth his hands against those at peace with him,
as he violates his covenant.
22 Smoother than butter was his speech,
    yet war was in his heart.
His words were softer than oil,
    yet they were drawn swords.

23 Cast your burden on Adonai, and He will sustain you.[a]
He will never let the righteous be shaken.
24 But You, O God, will bring them down to the Pit of destruction.
Bloodthirsty, deceitful men will not live out half their days.
But I—I will trust in You.

In God I Trust

Psalm 56

For the music director: “A Silent Dove Far Away,” a Michtam of David, when the Philistines had seized him in Gath.
Be gracious to me, O God!
For man has crushed me,
fighting all day he oppresses me.
My foes trample me all day.
For many are fighting me arrogantly.
In a day when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
In God—I keep praising His word—
in God I trust, I will not fear.
What can mere flesh do to me?

All day they twist my words.
All their thoughts are against me for evil.
They stir up strife; they lie hidden.
They mark my steps, eager to take my soul.
In spite of such sin, will they escape?
In fierce anger, O God, cast down such people!
You have recorded my wanderings.
You put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not in Your book?
10 Then my enemies will turn back in the day I call.
This I know—that God is for me.
11 In God—I keep praising His word—
in Adonai—I keep praising His word—
12 in God I trust, I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

13 I am under vows to You, O God.
I will present thank offerings to You.
14 For You have delivered my soul from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Be Exalted Over All the Earth

Psalm 57

For the music director, “Do Not Destroy,” a Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.
Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
for in You my soul takes refuge.
In the shadow of Your wings I take refuge,
until destruction passes by.
I will cry out to El Elyon,
to God who accomplishes it for me.
He will send from heaven and save me.
He rebukes the one trampling on me. Selah
God is sending His mercy and His truth.
My soul is in the midst of lions.
I lie among those breathing fire—
    sons of men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
whose tongue is a sharp sword.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let Your glory be over all the earth!

They spread a net for my steps,
my soul is bowed down.
They have dug a pit before me—
they fell into it themselves. Selah
My heart is steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast.
I will sing, yes, I will make music.
Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
10 I will praise You, my Lord, among the peoples.
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
11 For Your lovingkindness is great up to the heavens,
and Your truth to the skies.
12 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let Your glory be over all the earth!

God Really Judges

Psalm 58

For the music director: “Do Not Destroy,” a Michtam of David.
Do you really speak of justice, O “gods”?
Do you judge with fairness, sons of man?
No, in heart you devise injustice.
Your hands weigh out violence on earth.
The wicked are strangers from the womb.
Speaking lies, they go astray from birth.
Their venom is like a serpent’s venom,
like a deaf cobra shutting its ear—
not hearing the voice of charmers,
    or a cunning spell binder.
O God, break their teeth in their mouths.
Tear out the fangs of young lions, Adonai.
Let them flow away like water that runs off.
When he bends his bow, let the arrows be cut off.
Like a slug melting away as it slithers,
like a woman’s miscarriage,
may they never see the sun.
10 Even before your pots can feel a thorn
—whether alive or ablaze—
He will sweep the wicked away.
11 The righteous one will rejoice
when he beholds vengeance,
when he washes his feet in the blood of the wicked.
12 Then men will say:
“There really is a reward for the righteous.
There really is a God who judges on earth!”

God Is My Strong Tower

Psalm 59

For the music director: “Do Not Destroy,” a Michtam of David, when Saul sent men to watch the house to kill him.
Deliver me from my enemies, my God!
Set me on high,
    away from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from workers of iniquity.
Rescue me from bloodthirsty men.
For behold, they lie in wait for me.
Defiant men stir up strife against me—
not for my transgression or sin, Adonai.
For no guilt of mine, they run and set things up.
Awake! Help me! Look!
For You are Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, the God of Israel!
Rouse Yourself to punish all the nations.
Show no mercy to any iniquitous traitors. Selah
They return at evening, snarling like a dog,
prowling about the city.
See, they are spewing with their mouth
—swords in their lips—
“After all, who is listening?”

But You, Adonai, are laughing at them.
You scoff at all the nations.
10 O my strength, I watch for You—
for God is my strong tower.
11 My God in His lovingkindness will go before me.
God will let me look down on my foes.
12 Do not slay them, lest my people forget.
With Your power shake them
and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
13 The sin of their mouth is the words of their lips.
So let them be caught in their pride,
    and for uttering a curse and a lie.
14 Consume them in wrath,
    consume them till they are no more.
Let them know that God rules over Jacob to the ends of the earth. Selah

15 They return at evening, snarling like a dog,
prowling about the city.
16 They wander around for food.
If they are not full, they stay up all night.
17 But I—I sing of Your strength!
Yes, in the morning I sing aloud of Your lovingkindness.
For You have been my fortress,
    a refuge in the day of my trouble.
18 O my strength, to You I sing praises.
For God is my strong tower—
my God of lovingkindness.

Song of Victory Over Edom

Psalm 60

For the music director, on the “Lily of the Covenant,” a Michtam of David, for teaching, when he fought with Aram-Naharaim and with Aram-Zobah, and Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.
O God, You have spurned us.
You have broken out against us.
You have been angry. Turn back to us!
You made earth shake; You split it open.
Heal its fractures—for it shudders.
You made Your people see hardship.
You made us drink wine of staggering.
To those who fear You,
You gave a banner, to be unfurled before the archers. Selah
Save with Your right hand and answer us,
so that Your beloved may be delivered.

God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will exult!
I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the valley of Succoth.
Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine,
Ephraim is a helmet for my head,
Judah is my scepter.
10 Moab is my washbasin,
On Edom I toss my sandal,
Philistia, cry aloud because of me!”

11 Who will bring me into the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
12 Should it not be You, O God—
who spurned us and no longer goes out with our armies?
13 Give us aid against the adversary,
for the help of man is worthless.
14 With God we will do mighty things,
and He will trample our foes.

Lead Me to the Rock

Psalm 61

For the music director, on string instrument, of David.
Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For You have been a refuge for me,
a tower of strength before the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever.
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

For You have heard my vows, O God.
You have given the inheritance of those who fear Your Name.
May You add days to the king’s days.
May his years span many generations.
May he be enthroned before God forever.
Appoint mercy and truth to protect him.
So I will sing praise to Your Name forever,
to fulfill my vows day after day.

My Rock and My Salvation

Psalm 62

For the music director, on Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
My soul, wait in stillness, only for God—
from Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress—I will never be moved.
How long will all of you assault a man,
to crush him, like a leaning wall,
    a fence to be torn down?
They only plot to topple him from his rank.
Delighting in falsehood, they bless with their mouth,
but inwardly they curse. Selah

My soul, wait in stillness, only for God—
for from Him comes my expectation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my strong tower—I will not be moved.
On God, my salvation and my glory is the rock of my strength.
My refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people.
Pour out your heart in His presence.
God is our refuge. Selah

10 Sons of Adam are a vapor,
    sons of man are an illusion.
In balanced scales they go up—
    altogether they are less than a breath.
11 Do not trust in extortion,
    and do not put vain hope in plunder.
Though these things increase riches,
    do not set your heart on them.
12 Once God has spoken,
twice I have heard this:
might belongs to God.
13 Also Yours, O Lord, is lovingkindness.
For You reward a man for his work.[b]

You Are My God

Psalm 63

A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
O God, You are my God,
earnestly I seek You.
My soul thirsts for You.
My flesh longs for You
in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
So, I looked for You in the Sanctuary,
to see Your power and Your glory.
Since Your lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live.
In Your name I lift up my hands.[c]
My soul is satisfied as with fat and oil,
so my mouth praises You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You through the night watches.
For You have been my help,
and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You—
Your right hand upholds me.
10 But those who seek my soul to destroy it
will go down to the depths of the earth.
11 They will be gutted by the sword,
and become a prey for jackals.
12 But the king will rejoice in God.
All who swear by Him will boast,
    when the mouth speaking lies is shut.

Protect Me from Conspiracies

Psalm 64

For the music director, a psalm of David.
Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint.
Protect my life from terror of the enemy.
Hide me from the conspiracy of evildoers,
from the tumult of workers of iniquity,
who sharpened their tongue like a sword,
and aimed their arrow—bitter words,
to shoot from hiding at the innocent,
shooting suddenly at him, with no fear.
They are firming up their evil plan.
They talk about setting secret traps.
They asked, “Who would see them?”
They are plotting injustices:
“We have completed a perfect plot!”
A man’s inward part and heart are deep.

But God will shoot them with an arrow—
suddenly their wounds will appear.
So their tongue will be their downfall.
All who see them will flee away.
10 Then all men will fear.
So they will declare the work of God,
and ponder what He has done.
11 The righteous will be glad in Adonai and take refuge in Him.
Let all the upright in heart give glory!

Praise is Awaitng You in Zion

Psalm 65

For the music director, a psalm, a song of David.
Praise is awaiting You in Zion, O God,
and to You the vow will be fulfilled.
O You who hear prayer,
to You all flesh will come.
Records of sins overwhelm me—
You will atone for our transgressions.
Blessed is the one You choose and bring near to dwell in Your courts!
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your House—Your holy Temple.
You respond to us in righteousness with awe-inspiring works
—O God of our salvation—
hope of all ends of the earth and farthest seas,
who establishes mountains by His power,
being girded with might,
who stills the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
and the tumult of the peoples.
Those dwelling in the uttermost parts stand in awe of Your signs.
You make morning and evening shout for joy.
10 You visit the land and make it abundant,
greatly enriching it—
the stream of God is full of water.
You prepare their grain,
for so You have prepared the earth.
11 You drench her furrows,
    leveling the ridges.
You soften her with showers,
    blessing her growth.
12 You crown the year with Your goodness.
Your wagon tracks drip with abundance.
13 Pastures of the wilderness overflow
and hills are robed with joy.
14 Meadows are clothed with flocks
and valleys are covered with grain—
they shout for joy, yes, they sing!

How Awesome Your Deeds

Psalm 66

For the music director, a song, a psalm.
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of His Name—
make His praise glorious.
Say to God:
“How awesome are Your deeds!
Because of Your great power,
    Your enemies cringe before You.
All the earth bows down to You,
    and sings praises to You.
All sing praises to Your Name.” Selah

Come and see the works of God.
How awesome His deeds for the children of Adam!
He turned the sea into dry land.
They crossed the river on foot.
There let us rejoice in Him!
He rules by His might forever.
His eyes keep watch on the nations.
Let no rebels exalt themselves. Selah

Bless our God, O peoples!
Let the sound of His praise be heard.
Keeping our soul in life,
He has not let our foot slip.
10 For You have tested us, O God—
You have purified us, as silver is refined.
11 You brought us into a net.
You laid a burden on our backs.
12 You caused men to ride over our heads.
We went through fire and water.
Yet You brought us out to superabundance.
13 With burnt offerings I will come to Your House,
fulfilling my vows to You
14 that my lips uttered and mouth spoke,
when I was in trouble.
15 To You I will present burnt offerings of fat animals,
    with the sweet smoke of rams.
I will offer bulls with goats. Selah

16 Come and listen, all you who fear God.
I will tell what He has done for my soul.
17 I cried out to Him with my mouth,
and exaltation was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
19 But surely God has heard.
He has listened to my voice in prayer.
20 Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer,
nor His lovingkindness from me.

Let All Peoples Praise You

Psalm 67

For the music director, with stringed instruments, a psalm, a song.
May God be gracious to us and bless us.
May He cause His face to shine upon us—Selah
so that Your way may be known on earth,
and Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God.
Let all the peoples praise You.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for You will judge the peoples fairly,
and guide the nations on the earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise You, O God.
Let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has yielded its harvest—
God, our God will bless us.
God will bless us,
and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.

Triumphal Procession up to the Temple

Psalm 68

For the music director, a psalm of David, a song.
Let God arise!
Let His enemies be scattered!
Let those who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is blown away,
    may You blow them away.
As wax melts before the fire,
    may the wicked perish before God.
But let the righteous be glad.
Let them exult before God.
Let them rejoice with gladness.
Sing to God, sing praises to His Name.
Prepare the road for Him who rides through the deserts,
    whose Name is Adonai
and rejoice before Him.
A father of orphans, defender of widows,
is God in His holy dwelling.
God settles the lonely in a home.
He leads prisoners out to prosperity.
But the rebellious live in a parched land.

O God, when You went out before Your people,
when You marched through the desert—Selah
the earth shook, the heavens rained
at the presence of God—the One of Sinai—
at the presence of God, God of Israel.
10 You poured down abundant rain, O God.
You sustained Your weary inheritance.
11 Your community settled in it.
In Your goodness, O God, You provided for the poor.
12 The Lord gives the word—
a great company of women proclaims the good news.
13 “Kings of armies, flee, flee!”
She who stays at home divides the spoil.
14 When you lie among the campfires,
wings of a dove were covered with silver
and her feathers with shimmering gold.
15 When Shaddai scattered kings there,
it was snowing on Zalmon.
16 Mount Bashan is a mountain of God.
Mount Bashan is a mountain of peaks.
17 Why do you gaze with envy, you mountain peaks,
at the mountain God desired for His dwelling?
Yes, Adonai will dwell there forever!
18 The chariots of God are thousands and thousands
—my Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
19 You went up on high.
You led captivity captive.
You received gifts from humanity,[d]
    even from the rebellious—
so that God might dwell there.

20 Blessed be my Lord!
Day by day He bears our burdens—
    the God of our salvation! Selah
21 God is for us—a God of deliverance.
Adonai my Lord has escapes from death.
22 Surely God crushes the head of His foes,
the hairy scalp of one walking in his guilt.
23 My Lord said:
“I will bring them back from Bashan,
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea.
24 So your foot may wade in blood,
and your dogs’ tongue may have their share of your enemies’ blood.”

25 They have seen Your processions, O God—
the processions of my God, my King, into the Sanctuary:
26 The singers go before, the musicians last,
between maidens beating tambourines.
27 “Bless God in the congregations—
Adonai, from the fountain of Israel.”
28 There Benjamin, the youngest, is leading them,
there the throng of Judah’s princes,
there the princes of Zebulun,
there the princes of Naphtali.
29 Your God commanded your strength.
Strengthen, O God,
You who have acted for us.
30 From Your Temple above Jerusalem,
kings bring You tribute.
31 Rebuke the beast of the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves,
peoples trampling down pieces of silver.
He has scattered the peoples who delight in war!
32 Nobles come from Egypt.
Cush runs to stretch her hands to God.
33 Sing to God, kingdoms of the earth,
sing praises to the Lord—Selah
34 to Him who rides upon the ancient heavens of heavens.
Look, He utters His voice, a mighty voice!
35 Ascribe strength to God—
His majesty is over Israel
and His strength is in the skies.
36 O God, You are awesome from Your holy places.
The God of Israel gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!

Scorn and Disgrace, Gall and Vinegar

Psalm 69

For the music director, on “Lilies,” of David.
Save me, O God,
for the waters
have reached my soul.
I have sunk in deep mud,
    and there is no footing,
I have come into deep waters,
    and a flood sweeps over me.
I am worn out by my crying,
my throat is parched,
my eyes fail, waiting for my God.
Those who hate me without a cause[e] outnumber the hairs of my head.
Powerful are my enemies who would destroy me with lies.
What I did not steal, must I restore?
O God, You know my folly,
nor are my trespasses hidden from You.
May those who hope in You
    not be ashamed because of me,
    my Lord, Adonai-Tzva’ot.
May those who seek You
    not be disgraced because of me,
    O God of Israel.
For I have endured scorn for Your sake.
Disgrace has covered my face.
I have become a stranger to my brothers,
a foreigner to my mother’s children.
10 For zeal for Your House consumed me—
the insults of those who insulted You have fallen on me.[f]
11 When I wept and fasted—
that became a reproach to me.
12 When I put on sackcloth,
I became a joke to them.
13 Those who sit at the gate chatter about me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.

14 But as for me, my prayer to You, Adonai, is for a time of favor.
O God, in Your great love, answer me with the truth of Your salvation.
15 Deliver me from the mire—
    do not let me sink.
Deliver me from those who hate me,
    out of the deep waters.
16 Do not let floodwaters sweep over me,
nor the deep swallow me up,
nor the Pit shut its mouth over me.
17 Answer me, Adonai, for good is Your mercy.
With Your great compassion, turn to me.
18 Hide not Your face from Your servant.
For I am in distress—answer me quickly.
19 Draw near to my soul and redeem it.
Ransom me because of my foes.
20 You know my reproach, my shame, my disgrace.
All my adversaries are before You.
21 Scorn has broken my heart, so I am sick.
I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
for comforters, but found none.
22 They put gall in my food,
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.[g]
23 Let their table before them be a snare,
and what should have been for their well-being,
let it be a trap.
24 Let their eyes be darkened so they cannot see
and their backs be bent forever.[h]
25 Pour out Your indignation on them.
Let Your fierce anger overtake them.
26 Let their encampment be deserted.
Let none dwell in their tents.
27 For they persecute the one You have smitten,
so they tell of the pain
of those You have wounded.
28 Add guilt to their guilt—
may they not come into Your righteousness.
29 May they be wiped out of the book of life
and not be recorded with the righteous.[i]

30 But I—I am afflicted and in pain.
Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
31 I will praise God’s Name with a song,
and magnify Him with praise.
32 It will please Adonai better than an ox
or a bull with horns and hoofs.
33 The humble will see it and be glad.
You who seek God, let your hearts revive.
34 For Adonai hears the needy
and does not despise His captive people.
35 Let heaven and earth praise Him,
the seas and everything moving in them.
36 For God will save Zion,
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
Then they will dwell there and possess it.
37 The children of His servants will inherit it
and those who love His Name will dwell there.

My Help and My Deliverer

Psalm 70

For the music director, of David, for a memorial.
O God, come quickly to deliver me,
Adonai, to help me.
May they be put to shame and disgrace
    who seek my life.
May they be turned back in humiliation
    who delight in my hurt.
May those who say, “Aha! Aha!”
    be turned away because of their shame.
But may all who seek You
    rejoice and be glad in You.
May those who love Your salvation
    always say, “Let God be magnified.”
But I am poor and needy—
    God, come quickly to me.
You are my help and my deliverer—
    Adonai, do not delay.

My Hope When I Am Gray

Psalm 71

In You, Adonai, have I taken refuge.
Let me never be ashamed.
Deliver me and rescue me in Your justice.
Turn Your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a sheltering rock where I may always go.
Give the command to save me—
    for You are my rock and my fortress.
My God, rescue me out of the hand of the wicked,
out of the grasp of an evil, ruthless man.
For You are my hope, Adonai my Lord—
my trust from my youth.
From my birth I have leaned on You.
You took me out of my mother’s womb.
My praise is always about You.
I am like an ominous sign to many,
but You are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with Your praise
and with Your glory all day.

Do not cast me away in the time of old age.
When my strength fails, do not forsake me.
10 For my enemies speak against me.
Those who watch for my soul conspire together,
11 saying: “God has forsaken him—
Pursue and take him, for no one will deliver.”
12 O God, be not far from me!
My God, come quickly to help me.
13 Let the accusers of my soul
    be disgraced and destroyed.
Let those who seek to harm me
    be covered with scorn and confusion.

14 But I—I will hope continually
and will praise You more and more.
15 My mouth will recount Your justice and Your salvation all day,
though I do not know the sum of them.
16 I come because of the mighty deeds of Adonai my Lord.
I will remember Your righteousness—Yours alone.
17 God, You taught me from my youth,
and I still keep declaring Your wonders.
18 So even until I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
till I tell of Your strong arm to the next generation,
Your might to all who are to come.
19 For Your righteousness, O God,
    reaches to high heaven.
You have done great things—O God,
who is like You?
20 You made me see many troubles and evils
    —You will revive me again—
from the depths of the earth
    You will bring me up again.
21 You will increase my greatness,
and comfort me once again.
22 So I will praise You with the harp for your truth, O my God.
I will sing praises to You with the lyre O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy
—when I sing praises to You—
and my soul, which You have redeemed.
24 Also my tongue will tell of Your righteousness all day.
For those who seek my hurt have been put to shame and confusion.

A Powerful King for the Poor

Psalm 72

Of Solomon.
Give the king Your judgments, O God,
and Your righteousness to the king’s son.
May he judge Your people with righteousness,
and Your poor ones with justice.
Let the mountains bring shalom to the people,
and the hills righteousness.
May he vindicate the poor of the people,
save the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor.
Let them fear You while the sun endures,
and while the moon lasts, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the ground.
Let the righteous flourish in his days.
Let shalom abound till the moon is no more.
May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Let desert dwellers bow before him,
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute,
kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
11 So let all kings bow down before him,
and all nations serve him.

12 For he rescues the needy crying for help,
also the poor and the one with no helper.
13 He will take pity on the poor and needy,
and the souls of the needy he will save.
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their soul,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live!
May gold from Sheba be given to him.
May he pray for him continually,
    and bless him all day.
16 Let there be abundance of grain in the land.
Let it sway on the top of the hills,
let its fruit be like Lebanon,
and let people of the city flourish like grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever.
May his name increase before the sun,
and may all nations be blessed by him
and call him blessed.

18 Blessed be Adonai Elohim, God of Israel,
who alone does wonders.
19 Blessed be His glorious Name forever.
May all the earth be filled with His glory!
Amen and Amen!

20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are complete.