21 Our Lord, your mighty power makes the king glad, and he celebrates victories that you have given him. 2 You did what he wanted most and never told him “No.” 3 You truly blessed the king, and you placed on him a crown of finest gold. 4 He asked to live a long time, and you promised him life that never ends.
5 The king is highly honored. You have let him win victories that have made him famous. 6 You have given him blessings that will last forever, and you have made him glad by being so near to him. 7 Lord Most High, the king trusts you, and your kindness keeps him from defeat.
8 With your mighty arm, Lord, you will strike down all of your hateful enemies. 9 They will be destroyed by fire once you are here, and because of your anger, flames will swallow them. 10 You will wipe their families from the earth, and they will disappear. 11 All their plans to harm you will come to nothing. 12 You will make them run away by shooting your arrows at their faces.
13 Show your strength, Lord, so that we may sing and praise your power.
(A psalm by David for the music leader. To the tune “A Deer at Dawn.”)
Suffering and Praise
22 My God, my God, why have you deserted me? Why are you so far away? Won’t you listen to my groans and come to my rescue? 2 I cry out day and night, but you don’t answer, and I can never rest.
3 Yet you are the holy God, ruling from your throne and praised by Israel. 4 Our ancestors trusted you, and you rescued them. 5 When they cried out for help, you saved them, and you did not let them down when they depended on you.
6 But I am merely a worm, far less than human, and I am hated and rejected by people everywhere. 7 Everyone who sees me makes fun and sneers. They shake their heads, 8 and say, “Trust the Lord! If you are his favorite, let him protect you and keep you safe.”
9 You, Lord, brought me safely through birth, and you protected me when I was a baby at my mother’s breast. 10 From the day I was born, I have been in your care, and from the time of my birth, you have been my God.
11 Don’t stay far off when I am in trouble with no one to help me. 12 Enemies are all around like a herd of wild bulls. Powerful bulls from Bashan[a] are everywhere. 13 My enemies are like lions roaring and attacking with jaws open wide.
14 I have no more strength than a few drops of water. All my bones are out of joint; my heart is like melted wax. 15 My strength has dried up like a broken clay pot, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You, God, have left me to die in the dirt.
16 Brutal enemies attack me like a pack of dogs, tearing at[b] my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones, and my enemies just stare and sneer at me. 18 They took my clothes and gambled for them.
19 Don’t stay far away, Lord! My strength comes from you, so hurry and help. 20 Rescue me from enemy swords and save me from those dogs. 21 Don’t let lions eat me.
You rescued me from the horns of wild bulls, 22 and when your people meet, I will praise you, Lord.
23 All who worship the Lord, now praise him! You belong to Jacob’s family and to the people of Israel, so fear and honor the Lord! 24 The Lord doesn’t hate or despise the helpless in all of their troubles. When I cried out, he listened and did not turn away.
25 When your people meet, you will fill my heart with your praises, Lord, and everyone will see me keep my promises to you. 26 The poor will eat and be full, and all who worship you will be thankful and live in hope.
27 Everyone on this earth will remember you, Lord. People all over the world will turn and worship you, 28 because you are in control, the ruler of all nations.
29 All who are rich and have more than enough will bow down to you, Lord. Even those who are dying and almost in the grave will come and bow down. 30 In the future, everyone will worship and learn about you, our Lord. 31 People not yet born will be told, “The Lord has saved us!”
(A psalm by David.)
The Good Shepherd
23 You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. 2 You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, 3 and you refresh my life.
You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. 4 I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod[c] makes me feel safe.
5 You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. 6 Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord.
(A psalm by David.)
Who Can Enter the Lord’s Temple?
24 The earth and everything on it belong to the Lord. The world and its people belong to him. 2 The Lord placed it all on the oceans and rivers.
3 Who may climb the Lord’s hill[d] or stand in his holy temple? 4 Only those who do right for the right reasons, and don’t worship idols or tell lies under oath. 5 The Lord God, who saves them, will bless and reward them, 6 because they worship and serve the God of Jacob.[e] 7 Open the ancient gates, so that the glorious king may come in.
8 Who is this glorious king? He is our Lord, a strong and mighty warrior.
9 Open the ancient gates, so that the glorious king may come in.
10 Who is this glorious king? He is our Lord, the All-Powerful!
A Prayer for Guidance and Help
25 I offer you my heart, Lord God, 2 and I trust you. Don’t make me ashamed or let enemies defeat me. 3 Don’t disappoint any of your worshipers, but disappoint all deceitful liars. 4 Show me your paths and teach me to follow; 5 guide me by your truth and instruct me. You keep me safe, and I always trust you.
6 Please, Lord, remember, you have always been patient and kind. 7 Forget each wrong I did when I was young. Show how truly kind you are and remember me. 8 You are honest and merciful, and you teach sinners how to follow your path.
9 You lead humble people to do what is right and to stay on your path. 10 In everything you do, you are kind and faithful to everyone who keeps our agreement with you.
11 Be true to your name, Lord, by forgiving each one of my terrible sins. 12 You will show the right path to all who worship you. 13 They will have plenty, and then their children will receive the land.
14 Our Lord, you are the friend of your worshipers, and you make an agreement with all of us. 15 I always look to you, because you rescue me from every trap. 16 I am lonely and troubled. Show that you care and have pity on me. 17 My awful worries keep growing. Rescue me from sadness. 18 See my troubles and misery and forgive my sins.
19 Look at all my enemies! See how much they hate me. 20 I come to you for shelter. Protect me, keep me safe, and don’t disappoint me. 21 I obey you with all my heart, and I trust you, knowing that you will save me.
22 Our God, please save Israel from all of its troubles.
22.12Bashan: A land east of the Jordan River, where there were pastures suitable for raising fine cattle.
22.16tearing at: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
23.4shepherd’s rod: The Hebrew text mentions two objects carried by the shepherd: a club to defend against wild animals and a long pole to guide and control the sheep.
24.3the Lord’s hill: The hill in Jerusalem where the temple was built.
24.6worship. . . Jacob: Two ancient translations; Hebrew “worship God and serve the descendants of Jacob.”
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