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God Is the Strength of My Heart

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.
Surely God is good to Israel,
to the pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet almost slipped.
My steps nearly slid out from under me.
For I envied the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains at their death,
their body is healthy.
They have none of humanity’s trouble,
nor are they plagued like others.
Therefore, they put on pride as a necklace,
and violence wraps around them like a garment.
Their eyes bulge out from fatness.
The imaginations of their hearts run wild.
They scoff and wickedly plan evil.
From on high they threaten.
They set their mouth against heaven.
Their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore His people return here,
while they drink their fill.
11 So they say: “How does God know?
And does Elyon have knowledge?”
12 Behold, such are the wicked—
always at ease and amassing wealth.
13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure,
and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all day I have been stricken,
my chastisement comes every morning.

15 If I had said: “I will speak thus,”
surely I would have betrayed a generation of Your children.
16 But when I tried to make sense of this,
it was troubling in my eyes—
17 until I entered the Sanctuary of God,
and perceived their end.
18 Surely You put them in slippery places.
You hurled them down to destruction.
19 How suddenly they became a ruin—
terminated, consumed by terrors.
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
thus when You arise, my Lord,
    You will despise their form.
21 When my heart was embittered
and I was pierced in my heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant.
I was like a beast before You.
23 Yet I am continually with You.
You hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with Your counsel,
and afterward You will take me into glory.

25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
On earth there is none I desire besides You.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
27 For behold, those far from You will perish.
You put an end to all who like a harlot are unfaithful to You.
28 But for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made my Lord Adonai my refuge.
So I will tell of all Your works.

Intercession for Restoration of Zion

Psalm 74

A contemplative song of Asaph.
Why have You cast us off forever, O God?
Why does Your anger smolder against the flock of Your pasture?
Remember Your congregation, which You purchased of old,
redeemed as the tribe of Your inheritance,
and Mount Zion, where You dwelt.
Lift Your steps toward the perpetual ruins—
an enemy has done all evil to the Sanctuary!
Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place.
They have set up their standards as signs.
It seemed like bringing up axes
into a thicket of trees—
and now all its carved work
they smash with hatchet and hammers!
They set Your Sanctuary on fire,
burning it to the ground.
They defiled the dwelling place of Your Name.
They said in their hearts: “Let us crush them totally!”
They burned down all the meeting places of God in the land.
We do not see our signs.
No longer is there any prophet—
and no one among us knows how long.
10 How long, O God, will the adversary mock?
Will the enemy revile Your Name forever?
11 Why do You hold back Your hand, Your right hand?
Draw it out of Your bosom and consume them!

12 Yet God is my King of old,
working salvation in the midst of the land.
13 You split the sea with Your power.
You smashed the monsters’ heads in the waters.
14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan,
giving him as food to the desert dwellers.
15 You opened up spring and brook.
You dried up ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours.
You provided moon and sun.
17 You set all the borders of earth.
You made summer and winter.

18 Remember how the enemy mocked, Adonai,
and how foolish people despised Your Name.
19 Do not deliver Your turtledove’s soul to the wild beast.
Do not forget the life of Your afflicted ones forever.
20 Look upon the covenant—for haunts of violence
fill the dark places of earth.
21 Do not let the oppressed turn back in shame.
But let the poor and needy praise Your Name.
22 Rise up O God, and defend Your cause.
Remember how the fool mocks You all day.
23 Do not forget the noise of Your foes,
the uproar of those rising up against You,
ascending continually.

He Lowers One and Lifts Another

Psalm 75

For the music director: “Do not Destroy,” a psalm of Asaph, a song.
We praise You, we praise God,
for Your Name is near.
People declare Your wonders.

“When I appoint a set time,
I Myself will judge uprightly.
When the earth wavers with living on it,
I Myself hold its pillars firm. Selah
I say to the arrogant, ‘No more boasting!’
And to the wicked,
‘Do not be lifting up your horn.’
Do not lift your horn up high.
Do not speak with outstretched neck.”

For exaltation comes
not from the east nor from the west,
nor even from the desert.
For God is the Judge:
He lowers one and lifts up another.
For in the hand of Adonai is a cup of foaming wine mixed with spices,
and He pours it out.
Surely all the wicked of the earth will drink,
draining it down to the dregs.[a]
10 But I—I will declare it forever,
I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.
11 I will cut off all the horns of the wicked,
but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.

Who Can Stand in Your Presence?

Psalm 76

For the music director, on stringed instruments: a psalm of Asaph, a song.
In Judah God is known.
In Israel His Name is great.
In Salem is His sukkah
and His dwelling place in Zion.
There He broke the fiery shafts of the bow,
the shield, the sword, and the battle. Selah
You are brilliant,
more majestic than nourishing mountains.
The valiant have been plundered—
they slumbered in their sleep.
The mighty could not lift their hands.
At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both horse and rider lay dead asleep.
You are awesome, yes You are!
Who can stand in Your presence once You are angry?
From heaven You pronounced judgment.
The earth feared and was still—
10 when God rose up to judgment,
to save all the humble of the land. Selah
11 For wrath upon man will bring You praise,
a remnant of wrath You put on as a belt.
12 Make vows to Adonai your God and fulfill them.
Let all around Him bring tribute to the One who is to be feared.
13 He cuts off the breath of princes.
The kings of earth are in awe of Him.

Remember the Wonders

Psalm 77

For the music director, on Jeduthun: a psalm of Asaph.
My voice to God—and I cried out,
my voice to God—and He heard me!
In the day of my trouble I seek my Lord.
At night my hand stretches out untiringly.
My soul refuses to be comforted.
I remember God and I moan.
I muse, and my spirit grows faint. Selah
You hold my eyelids open—
I am so troubled—I cannot speak.
I ponder the days of old,
the years long ago.
In the night I remember my song.
I meditate with my heart
and my spirit is searching.
“Will the Lord reject forever
and never again show favor?
Has His mercy vanished forever?
Has His promise come to an end forever?
10 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Or has He in anger withdrawn his mercies?” Selah

11 Then I said: “It wounds me—
that the right hand of Elyon has changed.”
12 I will remember the deeds of Adonai.
Yes, I will muse about Your wonders of old.
13 I will meditate also on all Your work
and consider Your deeds.”
14 O God, Your way is holy.
What god is great like God?
15 You are the God who works wonders.
You have made Your power known among the peoples.
16 With your arm You redeemed Your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

17 The waters saw You, O God,
the waters saw You and writhed,
even the depths shook.
18 The clouds poured out water,
the skies resounded,
Your arrows flashed back and forth.
19 The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind.
Lightning lit up the world.
The earth trembled and shook.
20 Your way was in the sea,
and Your path in the mighty waters,
but Your footprints were not seen.
21 You led Your people like a flock,
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Israel from Moses to David

Psalm 78

A contemplative song of Asaph.
Listen, my people, to my teaching.
Turn your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable.
I will utter perplexing sayings from of old,
which we have heard and known,
    and our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
telling to the next generation the praises of Adonai
    and His strength and the wonders He has done.
For He established a testimony in Jacob
and ordained Torah in Israel,
which He commanded our fathers to teach their children,
so that the next generation might know,
    even the children yet to be born:
    they will arise and tell their children.
Then they will put their trust in God,
not forgetting the works of God,
but keeping His mitzvot.
So they will not be like their fathers—
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation that did not prepare its heart,
    whose spirit was not loyal to God.
The sons of Ephraim were archers armed with bows,
yet they turned back in the day of battle.
10 They did not keep God’s covenant
and refused to walk in His Torah.
11 They forgot His deeds
and His wonders that He had shown them.
12 He did miracles in front of their fathers
in the land of Egypt, in the plain of Zoan.
13 He split the sea and led them through,
and He made the water stand like a wall.
14 By day He led them with a cloud
and all night with a light of fire.
15 He split apart rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink as abundant as the depths.
16 So He brought streams out of a rock,
and made waters flow down like rivers.[b]
17 Yet they added more sinning against Him,
rebelling against Elyon in the desert.
18 They put God to the test in their heart
by demanding food for their craving.
19 Then they spoke against God, saying,
“Can God set a table in the wilderness?
20 See, He struck the rock,
waters gushed out, streams overflowed.
But can He give bread?
Will He provide meat for His people?”

21 When Adonai heard, He was angry.
A fire was kindled against Jacob,
and fury also rose against Israel.
22 For they did not believe in God
or trust in His salvation.
23 Yet He commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven,
24 and rained down manna upon them to eat,
and gave them grain of heaven.[c]
25 Man did eat the bread of angels.
He sent them abundant provision.
26 He loosed the east wind in the skies,
and by His power He drove the south wind.
27 He rained meat upon them like dust,
and winged fowl like sand of the seas.
28 And He let it fall amidst their camp,
all around their tents.
29 So they ate and were very full—
for He gave them their desire.
30 No longer a stranger from their desire,
while their food was still in their mouths,
31 the anger of God rose against them
    and slew the stoutest of them,
    and struck down young men of Israel.
32 Despite all this they sinned still more,
and did not trust in His wonders.
33 So He ended their days in futility
and their years in terror.
34 But when He slew them,
then they sought Him, and turned back,
and desired God eagerly.
35 Then they remembered that God was their Rock
and El Elyon their Redeemer.
36 But they flattered Him with their mouth
and kept lying to Him with their tongue.
37 For their heart was not steadfast with Him,
nor were they faithful to His covenant.
38 But He is compassionate,
    forgives iniquity and does not destroy.
Yes, many times He restrains His anger,
    and does not stir up all His wrath.
39 For He remembered that they are but flesh,
a passing breath that never returns.

40 How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness,
and grieved Him in the desert!
41 Again and again they tested God,
and pained the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember His hand—
the day He redeemed them from the foe,
43 when He displayed His signs in Egypt
and His wonders in the plain of Zoan.
44 He turned their rivers into blood,
so they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent on them flies to devour them,
    and frogs to devastate them,
46 and gave their crops to the grasshopper,
    and their labor to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail,
    and their sycamore trees with frost,
48 and gave over their cattle to the hail,
    and their flocks to fiery bolts.
49 He sent on them the fury of His anger
—wrath and indignation and trouble—
a band of evil angels.
50 He cleared a path for His anger.
He spared not their soul from death,
but gave their life over to the plague.
51 He struck down all the firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.
52 But He brought His people out like sheep,
and led them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 He led them to safety, so they did not fear,
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 Then He brought them to His holy territory,
to the mountain His right hand had gotten.
55 He drove out nations before them,
and allotted them an inheritance.
He settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

56 Yet they tested and rebelled against El Elyon,
and did not keep His decrees.
57 Like their fathers they turned and were treacherous.
They turned aside like a faulty bow.
58 For they provoked Him
    with their high places,
so they aroused His jealousy
    with their graven images.
59 God heard and was furious,
and He greatly detested Israel.
60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,
the tent He pitched among men.
61 He gave up His strength into captivity,
and His glory into the adversary’s hand.
62 He gave His people over to the sword,
when He was angry at His inheritance.
63 Fire consumed their young men,
and their virgins had no wedding songs.
64 Their priests fell by the sword,
and their widows could not weep.

65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
as a warrior shaking off wine.
66 He beat back His foes,
putting them to lasting scorn.
67 Then He detested Joseph’s tent
and chose not the tribe of Ephraim.
68 Instead He chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which He loved.
69 He built His Sanctuary like the heights,
like the earth that He established forever.
70 He also chose David His servant
and took him from the sheepfolds,
71 from following nursing ewes.
He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people,
and Israel His inheritance.
72 So He shepherded them with the integrity of His heart,
and led them with His skillful hands.

A Lament Over Jerusalem

Psalm 79

A Psalm of Asaph.
God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance,
    defiled Your holy Temple,
    and reduced Jerusalem to ruins.
They gave the carcasses of Your servants as food to the birds of the skies,
the flesh of Your kedoshim to the beasts of the earth.
They poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
a scorn and derision to those around us.

How long, Adonai, will You be angry?
Will Your jealousy keep blazing like fire?
Pour out Your wrath
    on the nations that do not acknowledge You,
on the kingdoms that do not call on Your name.
For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his country.
Do not hold against us the sins of our fathers.
May Your mercies come quickly to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
Help us, God of our salvation—
    for the sake of the glory of Your Name.
Deliver us, and atone for our sins—
    for Your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say:
“Where is their God?”
Before our eyes, let it be known among the nations
that You avenge the shed blood of Your servants.
11 Let the prisoner’s groan come to You.
By Your great arm preserve those who are doomed to die.
12 Pay back into the midst of our neighbors sevenfold their reproach—
the reproach they hurled at You, my Lord.

13 So we, Your people, the flock of Your pasture,
    will praise You forever.
From generation to generation
    we will recount Your praise.

Restore Us, Revive Us

Psalm 80

For the music director, on “Lilies,”[d] a testimony: a psalm of Asaph.
Give ear, Shepherd of Israel,
You who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who are enthroned upon the cheruvim, shine forth!
Before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh,
stir up Your might, and come to save us.
O God, restore us, make Your face shine,
and we will be saved.

Adonai-Tzva’ot, how long will You be angry
with the prayer of Your people?
You have fed them the bread of tears
and made them drink a measure of tears.
You make us a contention to our neighbors,
and our enemies mock as they please.
Elohei-Tzva’ot, restore us, and make Your face shine,
and we will be saved.

You pulled out a vine from Egypt.
You drove out nations and planted it.
10 You cleared a place for it,
    and it took deep root and filled the land.
11 The mountains were covered by its shade,
the mighty cedars with its branches.
12 It sent out its branches to the sea,
and its shoots to the river.
13 Why have You broken down its fences,
so all who pass by the way pick its fruit?
14 A boar from the forest ravages it,
whatever moves in the field feeds on it.
15 Elohei-Tzva’ot, please return!
Look down from heaven and see!
Now take care of this vine—
16 the shoot Your right hand planted—
the son You strengthened for Yourself.
17 It is burned with fire, it is cut down.
They perish from the rebuke of Your face.
18 Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand—
the son of man
    You made strong for Yourself.
19 Then we will not turn away from You.
Revive us, and we will call on Your Name.
20 Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, restore us.
Make Your face shine, and we will be saved.

Hear O Israel

Psalm 81

For the music director, on the Gittite lyre, of Asaph.
Sing for joy to God our strength,
shout to the God of Jacob!
Lift up a song and sound a tambourine,
a sweet lyre with a harp.
Blow the shofar at the New Moon,
at the full moon for the day of our festival.
For it is a decree for Israel,
an ordinance of the God of Jacob.
He set it up as a testimony in Joseph,
when He went throughout the land of Egypt,
I heard a language I did not understand.

“I relieved his shoulder of the burden,
his hands were set free from the basket.
You called out in trouble, and I rescued you.
I answered you from the hiding place of thunder.
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
Hear, My people, I will admonish you—
if you would listen to Me, O Israel!
10 Let there be no foreign god among you,
and you shall not worship any alien god.
11 I am Adonai your God,
    who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

12 But My people did not listen to My voice.
Israel was not willing to be Mine.
13 So I gave them over
to the stubbornness of their heart,
to walk in their own counsels.
14 Oh that My people would listen to Me,
that Israel would walk in My ways!
15 I would soon subdue their enemies,
and turn My hand against their foes.
16 Those who hate Adonai would cringe before Him—
their time of doom would be forever.
17 But you would be fed with the finest wheat,
with honey out of a rock would I satisfy you.”

A Rebuke for Unjust Judges

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.
God takes His stand in the assembly of God.
He judges among the ‘gods’:
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the poor and fatherless.
Be just to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy.
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.
They know nothing;
they understand nothing—
they walk about in darkness.
All of earth’s foundations are shaken.
I said: ‘You are ‘gods’,
and you are all sons of Elyon,[e]
yet you will die like men,
and will fall like any of the princes.’”

Arise, O God, judge the earth!
For You possess all the nations.

Nations Conspire Against Israel

Psalm 83

A song: a psalm of Asaph.
God, do not keep silent.
Do not hold Your peace, O God.
Do not be still.
For look, Your enemies make an uproar.
Those who hate You lift up their head.
They make a shrewd plot against Your people,
conspiring against Your treasured ones.
“Come,” they say, “let’s wipe them out as a nation!
Let Israel’s name be remembered no more!”
For with one mind they plot together.
Against You do they make a covenant.
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre,
even Assyria has joined them,
becoming a strong arm for Lot’s sons. Selah

10 Do to them as You did to Midian,
to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River,
11 who perished at En-dor—
they became as dung for the ground.
12 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb—
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
13 who said,
“Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God.”
14 My God, make them like tumbleweed,
like chaff before the wind.
15 As a fire burns a forest,
    and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
16 so pursue them with Your tempest,
    and terrify them with Your storm.
17 Cover their faces with shame,
so they may seek Your Name—Adonai.
18 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever.
Let them be humiliated and perish.
19 Let them know that You alone
—whose Name is Adonai
are El Elyon over all the earth.

Pilgrim Road to Adonai’s Courts

Psalm 84

For the music director, upon the Gittite lyre, a psalm of the sons of Korah.
How lovely are Your tabernacles,
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of Adonai.
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young
—near Your altars, Adonai-Tzva’ot
my King and my God!
Blessed are they who dwell in Your House
—they are ever praising You. Selah

Blessed is one whose strength is in You,
in whose heart are the pilgrim roads.
Passing through the valley of Baca,
they make it a spring.
The early rain covers it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength—
every one of them appears before God in Zion.
Adonai-Tzva’ot, hear my prayer,
give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah

10 O God, look at our shield,
and look upon the face of Your anointed.
11 For a day in Your courts is better
    than a thousand anywhere else.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the House of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
12 For Adonai Elohim is a sun[f] and a shield.
Adonai gives grace and glory.
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
13 Adonai-Tzva’ot,
blessed is the one
who trusts in You.

Restore Your People from Captivity

Psalm 85

For the music director, a psalm of the sons of Korah.
Adonai, will you favor Your land?
Will You restore Jacob from captivity?
Will You bear away Your people’s iniquity,
Will You pardon all their sin?[g] Selah
Will You withdraw all Your wrath?
Will You turn from Your burning anger?[h]
Restore us, O God of our salvation,
and renounce Your indignation with us.
Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger from generation to generation?
Will You not revive us again,
so Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy, Adonai,
and grant us Your salvation.

Let me hear what God Adonai will say.
For He will speak shalom to His people, and to His kedoshim
but let them not turn back to folly.
10 Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him,
so that glory may dwell in our land.
11 Lovingkindness and truth meet together.
Righteousness and shalom kiss each other.
12 Truth will spring up from the earth,
and justice will look down from heaven.
13 Yes, Adonai will give what is good,
and our land will yield its produce.
14 Righteousness is going before Him
and prepares a way for His feet.

Slow to Anger, Full of Chesed

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.
Turn Your ear, Adonai, and answer me,
    for I am weak and needy.
Watch over my soul, for I am godly.
You are my God—
save Your servant who trusts in You.
Be gracious to me, my Lord,
for to You I cry all day.
Gladden the soul of Your servant,
for to You, my Lord, I lift up my soul.
For You, my Lord, are good,
and ready to forgive
    and full of mercy to all who call upon You.
Give ear, Adonai, to my prayer,
listen to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I call upon You,
for You will answer me.

There is none like You among the gods,
my Lord, there are no deeds like Yours.
All nations You have made will come
and bow down before You, my Lord,
and they will glorify Your Name.
10 For You are great, and do wonders—
You alone are God.
11 Teach me Your way, Adonai,
    that I may walk in Your truth.
Give me an undivided heart to fear Your Name.
12 I praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and glorify Your Name forever.
13 For great is Your lovingkindness toward me.
You have delivered my soul from the lowest part of Sheol.

14 God, the proud have risen up against me
and a gang of ruthless people have sought my life,
and have not set You before them.
15 But You, my Lord,
are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, full of love and truth.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me.
Give Your strength to Your servant,
and save the son of Your maidservant.
17 Make me a sign for good,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed.
For You, Adonai, have helped me and comforted me.

This One Was Born in Zion

Psalm 87

A psalm of the sons of Korah, a song.
His foundation is in the holy mountains.
Adonai loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken of you,
city of God. Selah
“I will mention Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge Me—
behold Philistia and Tyre, with Cush:
    ‘This one was born there.’”
But of Zion it will be said:
    “This one and that one were born in her.”
And Elyon Himself will establish her.
Adonai will count in the register of the peoples:
    “This one was born there.” Selah
Then singing and dancing—
all my fountains of joy are in you!

Cry of Desperation

Psalm 88

A song, a psalm of the sons of Korah, for the music director, for singing Mahalath, a contemplative song[i] of Heman the Ezrahite.
Adonai, God of my salvation,
day and night I cried out before You.
Let my prayer come before You.
Turn Your ear to my cry.
For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
I am counted with those who go down into the Pit.
I have become as one with no strength—
abandoned among the dead,
    like the slain that lie in the grave,
    whom You remember no more—
    cut off from Your hand.
You have laid me in the lowest places,
in dark places, in the depths.
Your wrath lies heavily on me.
You afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah
You have put my companions far from me.
You have made me repulsive to them.
I am shut in and I cannot go out.
10 My eye fails from affliction.
I call upon You every day, Adonai.
I spread out my hands to You.
11 Will You work wonders for the dead?
Or will the departed spirits rise up praising You? Selah
12 Will Your love be declared in the grave?
Or Your faithfulness in the place of ruin?
13 Will Your wonders be known in the darkness?
Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

14 But I—I cried out to You, Adonai,
and in the morning my prayer meets You.
15 Adonai, why do You spurn me?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
16 From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death.
I suffer Your terrors—I am desperate!
17 Your fury has swept over me.
Your terrors have cut me off.
18 Like water they surge around me all day.
They close in on me together.
19 Friend and loved one You took far from me.
Darkness has become my companion.

Covenant with David’s Seed

Psalm 89

A contemplative song of Ethan the Ezrahite.
I will sing of the love of Adonai forever.
To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.
For I said, “Let your lovingkindness be built up forever!
The heavens—let Your faithfulness be made firm there!”

“I have made a covenant with My chosen one.
I have sworn to David My servant:
‘Forever I will establish your seed,
and will build your throne from generation to generation.’”[j] Selah

The heavens praise Your wonders, Adonai
—Your faithfulness, too—
in the assembly of the kedoshim.
For who in the skies can compare to Adonai?
Who is like Adonai among the sons of gods?
God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all around Him.
Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot, who is like You, mighty Adonai,
with Your faithfulness all around You?
10 You rule over the swelling of the sea.
When its waves mount up, You still them.
11 You crushed Rahab like a slain one.
You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.
12 The heavens are Yours, also Yours the earth
—the world and its fullness—
You have founded them.
13 You created the north and the south.
Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at Your Name.
14 Your arm is mighty,
Your hand is strong,
exalted is Your right hand.[k]
15 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne.
Lovingkindness and truth go before You.
16 Blessed are the people who know the joyful shout,[l]
They walk in the light of Your presence, Adonai.
17 They rejoice in Your Name all day,
and by Your righteousness they are exalted.
18 For You are the glory of their strength,
and by Your favor our horn is exalted.
19 For our shield belongs to Adonai,
and our king to the Holy One of Israel.

20 Then You spoke in vision to Your godly ones, and said:
“I have bestowed help on a warrior.
I have exalted one chosen from among the people.
21 I have found David My servant.
With My holy oil I have anointed him.
22 With him My hand will be established.
Surely My arm will strengthen him.
23 No enemy will exact tribute from him,
no son of wickedness will oppress him.
24 I will crush his adversaries before him,
and strike down those who hate him.
25 My faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him,
and by My Name his horn will be exalted.
26 I will also set his hand over the sea,
his right hand over the rivers.
27 He will call to Me: ‘You are my Father,[m]
my God and the rock of my salvation.’
28 I also will set him as firstborn—[n]
the highest of the kings of earth.[o][p]
29 I will maintain My love for him forever,
and My covenant with him will be firm.
30 His seed I will establish forever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.

31 If his sons forsake My Torah,
and do not walk in My judgments,
32 if they violate My decrees,
and do not keep My mitzvot,
33 then I will punish their transgression with the rod,
and their iniquity with flogging.
34 But I will not withdraw My lovingkindness from him,
nor will I betray My faithfulness.
35 I will not violate My covenant,
nor alter what My lips have uttered.
36 Once for all I have sworn by My holiness
—surely I will not lie to David—
37 his descendants will endure forever,
and his throne as the sun before Me,
38 and as the moon, established forever,
and a trustworthy witness in the sky.” Selah

39 But You have cast off and spurned,
You have become furious with Your anointed one.
40 You have renounced the covenant of Your servant.
You have defiled his crown even to the ground.
41 You have broken down all his walls.
You reduced his strongholds to ruin.
42 All who pass by have plundered him.
He has become a taunt to his neighbors.
43 You exalted the right hand of his foes
and made all his enemies rejoice.
44 You turned back the edge of his sword
and have not supported him in battle.
45 You brought his splendor to an end,
and cast his throne down to the ground.
46 You cut short the days of his youth.
You covered him with shame. Selah
47 How long, Adonai, will You hide Yourself?
Will Your fury keep burning like fire?
48 Remember how short my life span is!
For what futility have You created all the children of men?
49 What man can live and not see death?
Can he deliver himself from the clutches of Sheol? Selah
50 Where is Your former lovingkindness, my Lord,
    which You swore to David in Your faithfulness?[q]
51 Remember, my Lord, the mockery against Your servants
    that I bear in my heart from so many peoples.
52 How Your enemies have mocked, Adonai,
how they have mocked
the footsteps of Your Anointed One![r]

53 Blessed be Adonai forever.
Amen and Amen.