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.
29 All of you angels[a] in heaven, honor the glory and power of the Lord! 2 Honor the wonderful name of the Lord, and worship the Lord most holy and glorious.[b]
3 The voice of the Lord echoes over the oceans. The glorious Lord God thunders above the roar of the raging sea, 4 and his voice is mighty and marvelous. 5 The voice of the Lord destroys the cedar trees; the Lord shatters cedars on Mount Lebanon. 6 God makes Mount Lebanon skip like a calf and Mount Hermon jump like a wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord makes lightning flash 8 and the desert tremble. And because of the Lord, the desert near Kadesh shivers and shakes.
9 The voice of the Lord makes deer give birth before their time.[c] Forests are stripped of leaves, and the temple is filled with shouts of praise.
10 The Lord rules on his throne, king of the flood[d] forever. 11 Pray that our Lord will make us strong and give us peace.
33 You are the Lord’s people. Obey him and celebrate! He deserves your praise. 2 Praise the Lord with harps! Use harps with ten strings to make music for him. 3 Sing a new song. Shout! Play beautiful music.
4 The Lord is truthful; he can be trusted. 5 He loves justice and fairness, and he is kind to everyone everywhere on earth.
6 The Lord made the heavens and everything in them by his word. 7 He scooped up the ocean and stored the water. 8 Everyone in this world should worship and honor the Lord! 9 As soon as he spoke the world was created; at his command, the earth was formed.
10 The Lord destroys the plans and spoils the schemes of the nations. 11 But what the Lord has planned will stand forever. His thoughts never change. 12 The Lord blesses each nation that worships only him. He blesses his chosen ones. 13 The Lord looks at the world 14 from his throne in heaven, and he watches us all. 15 The Lord gave us each a mind, and nothing we do can be hidden from him.
16 Mighty armies alone cannot win wars for a king; great strength by itself cannot keep a soldier safe. 17 In war the strength of a horse cannot be trusted to take you to safety. 18 But the Lord watches over all who honor him and trust his kindness. 19 He protects them from death and starvation.
20 We depend on you, Lord, to help and protect us. 21 You make our hearts glad because we trust you, the only God. 22 Be kind and bless us! We depend on you.
(For the music leader by David, the Lord’s servant.)
Human Sin and God’s Goodness
36 Sinners don’t respect God; sin is all they think about. 2 They like themselves too much to hate their own sins or even to see them. 3 They tell deceitful lies, and they don’t have the sense to live right. 4 Those people stay awake, thinking up mischief, and they follow the wrong road, refusing to turn from sin.
5 Your love is faithful, Lord, and even the clouds in the sky can depend on you. 6 Your decisions are always fair. They are firm like mountains, deep like the sea, and all people and animals are under your care.
7 Your love is a treasure, and everyone finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You give your guests a feast in your house, and you serve a tasty drink that flows like a river. 9 The life-giving fountain belongs to you, and your light gives light to each of us.
10 Our Lord, keep showing love to everyone who knows you, and use your power to save all whose thoughts please you. 11 Don’t let those proud and merciless people kick me around or chase me away.
12 Look at those wicked people! They are knocked down, never to get up again.
(A psalm by David for Jeduthun, the music leader.)
A Prayer for Forgiveness
39 I told myself, “I’ll be careful not to sin by what I say, and I’ll muzzle my mouth when evil people are near.” 2 I kept completely silent, but it did no good,[a] and I hurt even worse.
3 I felt a fire burning inside, and the more I thought, the more it burned, until at last I said: 4 “Please, Lord, show me my future. Will I soon be gone? 5 You made my life short, so brief that the time means nothing to you.
“Human life is but a breath, 6 and it disappears like a shadow. Our struggles are senseless; we store up more and more, without ever knowing who will get it all.
7 “What am I waiting for? I depend on you, Lord! 8 Save me from my sins. Don’t let fools sneer at me. 9 You treated me like this, and I kept silent, not saying a word.
10 “Won’t you stop punishing me? You have worn me down. 11 You punish us severely because of our sins. Like a moth, you destroy what we treasure most. We are as frail as a breath.
12 “Listen, Lord, to my prayer! My eyes are flooded with tears, as I pray to you. I am merely a stranger visiting in your home as my ancestors did. 13 Stop being angry with me and let me smile again before I am dead and gone.”
39.2but. . . good: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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