1 God blesses those people who refuse evil advice and won’t follow sinners or join in sneering at God. 2 Instead, the Law of the Lord makes them happy, and they think about it day and night.
3 They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.
4 That isn’t true of those who are evil, because they are like straw blown by the wind. 5 Sinners won’t have an excuse on the day of judgment, and they won’t have a place with the people of God. 6 The Lord protects everyone who follows him, but the wicked follow a road that leads to ruin.
The Lord’s Chosen King
2 Why do the nations plot,[a] and why do their people make useless plans?[b] 2 The kings of this earth have all joined together to turn against the Lord and his chosen one. 3 They say, “Let’s cut the ropes and set ourselves free!”
4 In heaven the Lord laughs as he sits on his throne, making fun of the nations. 5 The Lord becomes furious and threatens them. His anger terrifies them as he says, 6 “I’ve put my king on Zion, my sacred hill.”
7 I will tell the promise that the Lord made to me: “You are my son, because today I have become your father. 8 Ask me for the nations, and every nation on earth will belong to you. 9 You will smash them with an iron rod and shatter them like dishes of clay.”
10 Be smart, all you rulers, and pay close attention. 11 Serve and honor the Lord; be glad and tremble. 12 Show respect to his son because if you don’t, the Lord might become furious and suddenly destroy you.[c] But he blesses and protects everyone who runs to him.
(Written by David when he was running from his son Absalom.)
An Early Morning Prayer
3 I have a lot of enemies, Lord. Many fight against 2 me and say, “God won’t rescue you!”
3 But you are my shield, and you give me victory and great honor. 4 I pray to you, and you answer from your sacred hill.
5 I sleep and wake up refreshed because you, Lord, protect me. 6 Ten thousand enemies attack from every side, but I am not afraid.
7 Come and save me, Lord God! Break my enemies' jaws and shatter their teeth, 8 because you protect and bless your people.
(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.)
An Evening Prayer
4 You are my God and protector. Please answer my prayer. I was in terrible distress, but you set me free. Now have pity and listen as I pray.
2 How long will you people refuse to respect me?[d] You love foolish things, and you run after what is worthless.[e]
3 The Lord has chosen everyone who is faithful to be his very own,[f] and he answers my prayers. 4 But each of you had better tremble and turn from your sins. Silently search your heart as you lie in bed. 5 Offer the proper sacrifices and trust the Lord.
6 There are some who ask, “Who will be good to us?” Let your kindness, Lord, shine brightly on us. 7 You brought me more happiness than a rich harvest of grain and grapes. 8 I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, Lord, will keep me safe.
(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use flutes.)
A Prayer for Help
5 Listen, Lord, as I pray! Pay attention when I groan.[g] 2 You are my King and my God. Answer my cry for help because I pray to you. 3 Each morning you listen to my prayer, as I bring my requests[h] to you and wait for your reply.
4 You are not the kind of God who is pleased with evil. Sinners can’t stay with you. 5 No one who boasts can stand in your presence, Lord, and you hate evil people. 6 You destroy every liar, and you despise violence and deceit.
7 Because of your great mercy, I come to your house, Lord, and I am filled with wonder as I bow down to worship at your holy temple. 8 You do what is right, and I ask you to guide me. Make your teaching clear because of my enemies.
9 Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies. 10 Punish them, God, and let their own plans bring their downfall. Get rid of them! They keep committing crimes and turning against you.
11 Let all who run to you for protection always sing joyful songs. Provide shelter for those who truly love you and let them rejoice. 12 Our Lord, you bless those who live right, and you shield them with your kindness.
(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.[i])
A Prayer in Time of Trouble
6 Don’t punish me, Lord, or even correct me when you are angry! 2 Have pity on me and heal my feeble body. My bones tremble with fear, 3 and I am in deep distress. How long will it be?
4 Turn and come to my rescue. Show your wonderful love and save me, Lord. 5 If I die, I cannot praise you or even remember you. 6 My groaning has worn me out. At night my bed and pillow are soaked with tears. 7 Sorrow has made my eyes dim, and my sight has failed because of my enemies.
8 You, Lord, heard my crying, and those hateful people had better leave me alone. 9 You have answered my prayer and my plea for mercy. 10 My enemies will be ashamed and terrified, as they quickly run away in complete disgrace.
(Written by David.[j] He sang this to the Lord because of Cush from the tribe of Benjamin.)
The Lord Always Does Right
7 You, Lord God, are my protector. Rescue me and keep me safe from all who chase me. 2 Or else they will rip me apart like lions attacking a victim, and no one will save me.
3 I am innocent, Lord God! 4 I have not betrayed a friend or had pity on an enemy[k] who attacks for no reason. 5 If I have done any of this, then let my enemies chase and capture me. Let them stomp me to death and leave me in the dirt.
6 Get angry, Lord God! Do something! Attack my furious enemies. See that justice is done. 7 Make the nations come to you, as you sit on your throne[l] above them all.
8 Our Lord, judge the nations! Judge me and show that I am honest and innocent. 9 You know every heart and mind, and you always do right. Now make violent people stop, but protect all of us who obey you.
10 You, God, are my shield, the protector of everyone whose heart is right. 11 You see that justice is done, and each day you take revenge. 12 Whenever your enemies refuse to change their ways, you sharpen your sword and string your bow. 13 Your deadly arrows are ready with flaming tips.
14 An evil person is like a woman about to give birth to a hateful, deceitful, and rebellious child. 15 Such people dig a deep hole, then fall in it themselves. 16 The trouble they cause comes back on them, and their heads are crushed by their own evil deeds.
17 I will praise you, Lord! You always do right. I will sing about you, the Lord Most High.
8 Our Lord and Ruler, your name is wonderful everywhere on earth! You let your glory be seen[n] in the heavens above. 2 With praises from children and from tiny infants, you have built a fortress. It makes your enemies silent, and all who turn against you are left speechless.
3 I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place. 4 Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans? Why are you concerned for us weaklings?” 5 You made us a little lower than you yourself,[o] and you have crowned us with glory and honor.
6 You let us rule everything your hands have made. And you put all of it under our power— 7 the sheep and the cattle, and every wild animal, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and all ocean creatures.
9 Our Lord and Ruler, your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
2.1Why. . . plot: Or “Why are the nations restless?”
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