Protestation of Integrity and Prayer for Protection.
A Psalm of David.
26 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; I have [relied on and] trusted [confidently] in the Lord without wavering and I shall not slip. 2 Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my heart and my mind. 3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked [faithfully] in Your truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful or unethical or worthless men, Nor seek companionship with pretenders (self-righteous hypocrites). 5 I hate the company of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked. 6 I will wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Your altar, O Lord, 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving And declare all Your wonders.
8 O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells. 9 Do not sweep my soul away with sinners, Nor [sweep away] my life with men of bloodshed, 10 In whose hands is a wicked scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; Redeem me and be merciful and gracious to me. 12 My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations I will bless the Lord.
40 I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up out of a horrible pit [of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock, steadying my footsteps and establishing my path. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear [with great reverence] And will trust confidently in the Lord.
4 Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who makes the Lord his trust, And does not regard the proud nor those who lapse into lies. 5 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of your wonders, They would be too many to count.
6 Sacrifice and meal offering You do not desire, nor do You delight in them; You have opened my ears and given me the capacity to hear [and obey Your word]; Burnt offerings and sin offerings You do not require. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I come [to the throne]; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 “I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”
9 I have proclaimed good news of righteousness [and the joy that comes from obedience to You] in the great assembly; Behold, I will not restrain my lips [from proclaiming Your righteousness], As You know, O Lord. 10 I have not concealed Your righteousness within my heart; I have proclaimed Your faithfulness and Your salvation. I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly.
11 Do not withhold Your compassion and tender mercy from me, O Lord; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have encompassed me; My sins have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see. They are more numerous than the hairs of my head, And my heart has failed me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to save me; O Lord, make haste to help me. 14 Let those be ashamed and humiliated together Who seek my life to destroy it; Let those be turned back [in defeat] and dishonored Who delight in my hurt. 15 Let those be appalled and desolate because of their shame Who say to me, “Aha, aha [rejoicing in my misfortune]!” 16 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” 17 Even though I am afflicted and needy, Still the Lord takes thought and is mindful of me. You are my help and my rescuer. O my God, do not delay.
To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David].
58 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods (heavenly beings)? Do you judge fairly, O sons of men? 2 No, in your heart you devise wrongdoing; On earth you deal out the violence of your hands. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These go astray from birth, speaking lies [even twisted partial truths]. 4 Their poison is like the venom of a serpent; They are like the deaf horned viper that stops up its ear, 5 So that it does not listen to the voice of charmers, Or of the skillful enchanter casting [cunning] spells.
6 O God, break their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord. 7 Let them flow away like water that runs off; When he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts. 8 Let them be as a snail which melts away (secretes slime) as it goes along, Like the miscarriage of a woman which never sees the sun. 9 Before your cooking pots can feel the fire of thorns [burning under them as fuel], He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning ones alike.
10 The [unyieldingly] righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance [of God]; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 Men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on the earth.”
To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
61 Hear my cry, O God; Listen to my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help]. 3 For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, A strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
5 For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name [with reverence]. 6 You will prolong the king’s life [adding days upon days]; His years will be like many generations. 7 He will sit enthroned forever before [the face of] God; Appoint lovingkindness and truth to watch over and preserve him. 8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, Paying my vows day by day.
God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.
To the Chief Musician; to Jeduthun [Ethan, the noted musician, founder of an official musical family]. A Psalm of David.
62 For God alone my soul waits in silence; From Him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.
3 How long will you attack a man So that you may murder him, all of you, Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence? 4 They consult only to throw him down from his high position [to dishonor him]; They delight in lies. They bless with [the words of] their mouths, But inwardly they curse. Selah.
5 For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, For my hope is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged. 7 On God my salvation and my glory rest; He is my rock of [unyielding] strength, my refuge is in God. 8 Trust [confidently] in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Men of low degree are only a breath (emptiness), and men of [high] rank are a lie (delusion). In the balances they go up [because they have no measurable weight or value]; They are together lighter than a breath. 10 Do not trust in oppression, And do not vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
11 God has spoken once, Twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God. 12 Also to You, O Lord, belong lovingkindness and compassion, For You compensate every man according to [the value of] his work.
64 Hear my voice, O God, in my [a]complaint; Guard my life from the terror of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret counsel and conspiracy of the ungodly, From the scheming of those who do wrong, 3 Who have sharpened their tongues like a sword. They aim venomous words as arrows, 4 To shoot from ambush at the blameless [one]; Suddenly they shoot at him, without fear. 5 They encourage themselves in [their pursuit of] an evil agenda; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who will discover us?” 6 They devise acts of injustice, saying, “We are ready with a well-conceived plan.” For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep (mysterious, unsearchable).
7 But God will shoot them with an [unexpected] arrow; Suddenly they will be wounded. 8 So they will be caused to stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who gaze at them will shake the head [in scorn]. 9 Then all men will fear [God’s judgment]; They will declare the work of God, And they will consider and wisely acknowledge what He has done. 10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him; All the upright in heart will glory and offer praise.
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