(For the music leader. To the tune “Lily of the Promise.” A special psalm by David for teaching. He wrote it during his wars with the Arameans of northern Syria,[a] when Joab came back and killed twelve thousand Edomites[b] in Salt Valley.)
You Can Depend on God
60 You, God, are angry with us! We are rejected and crushed. Make us strong again! 2 You made the earth shake and split wide open; now heal its wounds and stop its trembling. 3 You brought hard times on your people, and you gave us wine that made us stagger.
4 You gave a signal to those who worship you, so they could escape from enemy arrows.[c] 5 Answer our prayers! Use your powerful arm and give us victory. Then the people you love will be safe.
6 Our God, you solemnly promised, “I would gladly divide up the city of Shechem and give away Succoth Valley piece by piece. 7 The lands of Gilead and Manasseh are mine. Ephraim is my war helmet, and Judah is the symbol of my royal power. 8 Moab is merely my washbasin. Edom belongs to me, and I shout in triumph over the Philistines.”
9 Our God, who will bring me to the fortress, or lead me to Edom? 10 Have you rejected us and deserted our armies? 11 Help us defeat our enemies! No one else can rescue us. 12 You will give us victory and crush our enemies.
(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.)
Under the Protection of God
61 Please listen, God, and answer my prayer! 2 I feel hopeless, and I cry out to you from a faraway land.
Lead me to the mighty rock[d] high above me. 3 You are a strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies.
4 Let me live with you forever and find protection under your wings, my God. 5 You heard my promises, and you have blessed me, just as you bless everyone who worships you.
6 Let the king have a long and healthy life. 7 May he always rule with you, God, at his side; may your love and loyalty watch over him.
8 I will sing your praises forever and will always keep my promises.
(A psalm by David for Jeduthun, the music leader.)
God Is Powerful and Kind
62 Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for[e] him. 2 God alone is the mighty rock[f] that keeps me safe and the fortress where I am secure.
3 I feel like a shaky fence or a sagging wall. How long will all of you attack and assault me? 4 You want to bring me down from my place of honor. You love to tell lies, and when your words are kind, hatred hides in your heart.
5 Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him. 6 God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure. 7 God saves me and honors me. He is that mighty rock where I find safety.
8 Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns. God is our place of safety.
9 We humans are only a breath; none of us are truly great. All of us together weigh less than a puff of air. 10 Don’t trust in violence or depend on dishonesty or rely on great wealth.
11 I heard God say two things: “I am powerful, 12 and I am very kind.” The Lord rewards each of us according to what we do.
Psalm 60wars. . . Syria: See 2 Samuel 8.3-8; 10.16-18; 1 Chronicles 18.3-11; 19.6-19.
Psalm 60killed. . . Edomites: See 2 Samuel 8.13; 1 Chronicles 18.12.
60.4so. . . arrows: Some ancient translations and one possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
5 By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace[a] with God. 2 Christ has also introduced us[b] to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God. 3 But that’s not all! We gladly suffer,[c] because we know that suffering helps us to endure. 4 And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope 5 that will never disappoint us. All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.
6 Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. 7 No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. 8 But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.
9 But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life’s blood, we will also be kept safe from God’s anger. 10 Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son’s life. 11 And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.
Adam and Christ
12 Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die. 13 Sin was in the world before the Law came. But no record of sin was kept, because there was no Law. 14 Yet death still had power over all who lived from the time of Adam to the time of Moses. This happened, though not everyone disobeyed a direct command from God, as Adam did.
In some ways Adam is like Christ who came later. 15 But the gift that God was kind enough to give was very different from Adam’s sin. That one sin brought death to many others. Yet in an even greater way, Jesus Christ alone brought God’s gift of kindness to many people.
16 There is a lot of difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gift. That one sin led to punishment. But God’s gift made it possible for us to be acceptable to him, even though we have sinned many times. 17 Death ruled like a king because Adam had sinned. But that cannot compare with what Jesus Christ has done. God has been so kind to us, and he has accepted us because of Jesus. And so we will live and rule like kings.
18 Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned. But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life. 19 Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners. But Jesus obeyed him and will make many people acceptable to God.
20 The Law came, so that the full power of sin could be seen. Yet where sin was powerful, God’s kindness was even more powerful. 21 Sin ruled by means of death. But God’s kindness now rules, and God has accepted us because of Jesus Christ our Lord. This means that we will have eternal life.
5.1we live at peace: Some manuscripts have “let us live at peace.”
5.2introduced us: Some manuscripts add “by faith.”
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