26 Show that I am right, Lord! I stay true to myself, and I have trusted you without doubting. 2 Test my thoughts and find out what I am like. 3 I never forget your kindness, and I am always faithful to you.[a] 4 I don’t spend my time with worthless liars 5 or go with evil crowds.
6 I wash my hands, Lord, to show my innocence, and I worship at your altar, 7 while gratefully singing about your wonders. 8 I love the temple where you live, and where your glory shines. 9 Don’t sweep me away, as you do sinners. Don’t punish me with death as you do those people who are brutal 10 or full of meanness or who bribe others. 11 I stay true to myself. Be kind and rescue me.
12 Now I stand on solid ground! And when your people meet, I will praise you, Lord.
A Prayer of Praise
27 You, Lord, are the light that keeps me safe. I am not afraid of anyone. You protect me, and I have no fears. 2 Brutal people may attack and try to kill me, but they will stumble. Fierce enemies may attack, but they will fall. 3 Armies may surround me, but I won’t be afraid; war may break out, but I will trust you.
4 I ask only one thing, Lord: Let me live in your house every day of my life to see how wonderful you are and to pray in your temple.
5 In times of trouble, you will protect me. You will hide me in your tent and keep me safe on top of a mighty rock.[b] 6 You will let me defeat all of my enemies. Then I will celebrate, as I enter your tent with animal sacrifices and songs of praise.
7 Please listen when I pray! Have pity. Answer my prayer. 8 My heart tells me to pray. I am eager to see your face, 9 so don’t hide from me. I am your servant, and you have helped me. Don’t turn from me in anger. You alone keep me safe. Don’t reject or desert me. 10 Even if my father and mother should desert me, you will take care of me.
11 Teach me to follow, Lord, and lead me on the right path because of my enemies. 12 Don’t let them do to me what they want. People tell lies about me and make terrible threats, 13 but I know I will live to see how kind you are.
14 Trust the Lord! Be brave and strong and trust the Lord.
A Prayer for Help
28 Only you, Lord, are a mighty rock![c] Don’t refuse to help me when I pray. If you don’t answer me, I will soon be dead. 2 Please listen to my prayer and my cry for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy temple.
3 Don’t drag me away, Lord, with those cruel people, who speak kind words, while planning trouble. 4 Treat them as they deserve! Punish them for their sins. 5 They don’t pay any attention to your wonderful deeds. Now you will destroy them and leave them in ruin.
6 I praise you, Lord, for answering my prayers. 7 You are my strong shield, and I trust you completely. You have helped me, and I will celebrate and thank you in song.
8 You give strength to your people, Lord, and you save and protect your chosen ones. 9 Come save us and bless us. Be our shepherd and always carry us in your arms.
(A psalm by David.)
The Voice of the Lord in a Storm
29 All of you angels[d] 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.[e]
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.[f] 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[g] forever. 11 Pray that our Lord will make us strong and give us peace.
(A psalm by David for the dedication of the temple.)
A Prayer of Thanks
30 I will praise you, Lord! You saved me from the grave and kept my enemies from celebrating my death. 2 I prayed to you, Lord God, and you healed me, 3 saving me from death and the grave.
4 Your faithful people, Lord, will praise you with songs and honor your holy name. 5 Your anger lasts a little while, but your kindness lasts for a lifetime. At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate.
6 I was carefree and thought, “I’ll never be shaken!” 7 You, Lord, were my friend, and you made me strong as a mighty mountain. But when you hid your face, I was crushed.
8 I prayed to you, Lord, and in my prayer I said, 9 “What good will it do you if I am in the grave? Once I have turned to dust, how can I praise you or tell how loyal you are? 10 Have pity, Lord! Help!”
11 You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing. No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth.[h] 12 I thank you from my heart, and I will never stop singing your praises, my Lord and my God.
(A psalm by David for the music leader.)
A Prayer for Protection
31 I come to you, Lord, for protection. Don’t let me be ashamed. Do as you have promised and rescue me. 2 Listen to my prayer and hurry to save me. Be my mighty rock[i] and the fortress where I am safe.
3 You, Lord God, are my mighty rock and my fortress. Lead me and guide me, so that your name will be honored. 4 Protect me from hidden traps and keep me safe. 5 You are faithful, and I trust you because you rescued me.
6 I hate the worshipers of worthless idols, but I trust you, Lord. 7 I celebrate and shout because you are kind. You saw all my suffering, and you cared for me. 8 You kept me from the hands of my enemies, and you set me free.
9 Have pity, Lord! I am hurting and almost blind. My whole body aches. 10 I have known only sorrow all my life long, and I suffer year after year. I am weak from sin, and my bones are limp.
11 My enemies insult me. Neighbors are even worse, and I disgust my friends. People meet me on the street, and they turn and run. 12 I am completely forgotten like someone dead. I am merely a broken dish. 13 I hear the crowds whisper, “Everyone is afraid!” They are plotting and scheming to murder me.
14 But I trust you, Lord, and I claim you as my God. 15 My life is in your hands. Save me from enemies who hunt me down. 16 Smile on me, your servant. Have pity and rescue me.
17 I pray only to you. Don’t disappoint me. Disappoint my cruel enemies until they lie silent in their graves. 18 Silence those proud liars! Make them stop bragging and insulting your people.
19 You are wonderful, and while everyone watches, you store up blessings for all who honor and trust you. 20 You are their shelter from harmful plots, and you are their protection from vicious gossip.
21 I will praise you, Lord, for showing great kindness when I was like a city under attack. 22 I was terrified and thought, “They’ve chased me far away from you!” But you answered my prayer when I shouted for help.
23 All who belong to the Lord, show how you love him. The Lord protects the faithful, but he severely punishes everyone who is proud. 24 All who trust the Lord, be cheerful and strong.
26.3I am. . . to you: Or “I trust your faithfulness.”
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