32 Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. 2 You bless them by saying, “You told me your sins, without trying to hide them, and now I forgive you.”
3 Before I confessed my sins, my bones felt limp, and I groaned all day long. 4 Night and day your hand weighed heavily on me, and my strength was gone as in the summer heat.
5 So I confessed my sins and told them all to you. I said, “I’ll tell the Lord each one of my sins.” Then you forgave me and took away my guilt.
6 We worship you, Lord, and we should always pray whenever we find out that we have sinned.[a] Then we won’t be swept away by a raging flood. 7 You are my hiding place! You protect me from trouble, and you put songs in my heart because you have saved me.
8 You said to me, “I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you. 9 Don’t be stupid like horses and mules that must be led with ropes to make them obey.”
10 All kinds of troubles will strike the wicked, but your kindness shields those who trust you, Lord. 11 And so your good people should celebrate and shout.
Sing Praises to the Lord
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.
(Written by David when he pretended to be crazy in front of Abimelech, so that Abimelech would send him away, and David could leave.)
Honor the Lord
34 I will always praise the Lord. 2 With all my heart, I will praise the Lord. Let all who are helpless, listen and be glad. 3 Honor the Lord with me! Celebrate his great name.
4 I asked the Lord for help, and he saved me from all my fears. 5 Keep your eyes on the Lord! You will shine like the sun and never blush with shame. 6 I was a nobody, but I prayed, and the Lord saved me from all my troubles.
7 If you honor the Lord, his angel will protect you. 8 Discover for yourself that the Lord is kind. Come to him for protection, and you will be glad.
9 Honor the Lord! You are his special people. No one who honors the Lord will ever be in need. 10 Young lions[b] may go hungry or even starve, but if you trust the Lord, you will never miss out on anything good.
11 Come, my children, listen as I teach you to respect the Lord. 12 Do you want to live and enjoy a long life? 13 Then don’t say cruel things and don’t tell lies. 14 Do good instead of evil and try to live at peace.
15 If you obey the Lord, he will watch over you and answer your prayers. 16 But God despises evil people, and he will wipe them all from the earth, till they are forgotten. 17 When his people pray for help, he listens and rescues them from their troubles. 18 The Lord is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope.
19 The Lord’s people may suffer a lot, but he will always bring them safely through. 20 Not one of their bones will ever be broken.
21 Wicked people are killed by their own evil deeds, and if you hate God’s people you will be punished. 22 The Lord saves the lives of his servants. Run to him for protection, and you won’t be punished.
(A psalm by David.)
A Prayer for Protection from Enemies
35 Fight my enemies, Lord! Attack my attackers! 2 Shield me and help me. 3 Aim your spear at everyone who hunts me down, but promise to save me.
4 Let all who want to kill me be disappointed and disgraced. Chase away and confuse all who plan to harm me. 5 Send your angel after them and let them be like straw in the wind. 6 Make them run in the dark on a slippery road, as your angel chases them. 7 I did them no harm, but they hid a net to trap me, and they dug a deep pit to catch and kill me. 8 Surprise them with disaster! Trap them in their own nets and let them fall and rot in the pits they have dug.
9 I will celebrate and be joyful because you, Lord, have saved me. 10 Every bone in my body will shout: “No one is like the Lord!” You protect the helpless from those in power; you save the poor and needy from those who hurt them.
11 Liars accuse me of crimes I know nothing about. 12 They repay evil for good, and I feel all alone. 13 When they were sick, I wore sackcloth[c] and went without food.[d] I truly prayed for them,[e] 14 as I would for a friend or a relative. I was in sorrow and mourned, as I would for my mother.
15 I have stumbled, and worthless liars I don’t even know surround me and sneer. 16 Worthless people make fun[f] and never stop laughing. 17 But all you do is watch! When will you do something? Save me from the attack of those vicious lions. 18 And when your people meet, I will praise you and thank you, Lord, in front of them all.
19 Don’t let my brutal enemies be glad because of me. They hate me for no reason. Don’t let them wink behind my back. 20 They say hurtful things, and they lie to people who want to live in peace. 21 They are quick to accuse me. They say, “You did it! We saw you ourselves.”
22 You see everything, Lord! Please don’t keep silent or stay so far away. 23 Fight to defend me, Lord God, 24 and prove that I am right by your standards. Don’t let them laugh at me 25 or say to each other, “Now we’ve got what we want! We’ll gobble him down!”
26 Disappoint and confuse all who are glad to see me in trouble, but disgrace and embarrass my proud enemies who say to me, “You are nothing!”
27 Let all who want me to win be happy and joyful. From now on let them say, “The Lord is wonderful! God is glad when all goes well for his servant.” 28 Then I will shout all day, “Praise the Lord God! He did what was right.”
32.6whenever. . . sinned: Hebrew “at a time of finding only.”
34.10Young lions: In the Psalms wild animals often stand for God’s enemies.
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