(A psalm by David for the music leader. Use stringed instruments.[a])
A Prayer in Time of Trouble
6 Don’t punish me, Lord, or even correct me when you are angry! 2 Have pity on me and heal my feeble body. My bones tremble with fear, 3 and I am in deep distress. How long will it be?
4 Turn and come to my rescue. Show your wonderful love and save me, Lord. 5 If I die, I cannot praise you or even remember you. 6 My groaning has worn me out. At night my bed and pillow are soaked with tears. 7 Sorrow has made my eyes dim, and my sight has failed because of my enemies.
8 You, Lord, heard my crying, and those hateful people had better leave me alone. 9 You have answered my prayer and my plea for mercy. 10 My enemies will be ashamed and terrified, as they quickly run away in complete disgrace.
Psalm 6instruments: The Hebrew text adds “according to the sheminith,” which may refer to a musical instrument with eight strings.
8 Our Lord and Ruler, your name is wonderful everywhere on earth! You let your glory be seen[b] in the heavens above. 2 With praises from children and from tiny infants, you have built a fortress. It makes your enemies silent, and all who turn against you are left speechless.
3 I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place. 4 Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans? Why are you concerned for us weaklings?” 5 You made us a little lower than you yourself,[c] and you have crowned us with glory and honor.
6 You let us rule everything your hands have made. And you put all of it under our power— 7 the sheep and the cattle, and every wild animal, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and all ocean creatures.
9 Our Lord and Ruler, your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
(A psalm by David for the music leader. To the tune “The Death of the Son.”)
Sing Praises to the Lord
9 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart and tell about the wonders you have worked. 2 God Most High, I will rejoice; I will celebrate and sing because of you.
3 When my enemies face you, they run away and stumble and are destroyed. 4 You take your seat as judge, and your fair decisions prove that I was in the right. 5 You warn the nations and destroy evil people; you wipe out their names forever and ever. 6 Our enemies are destroyed completely for all time. Their cities are torn down, and they will never be remembered again.
7 You rule forever, Lord, and you are on your throne, ready for judgment. 8 You judge the world fairly and treat all nations with justice. 9 The poor can run to you because you are a fortress in times of trouble. 10 Everyone who honors your name can trust you, because you are faithful to all who depend on you.
11 You rule from Zion, Lord, and we sing about you to let the nations know everything you have done. 12 You did not forget to punish the guilty or listen to the cries of those in need.
13 Please have mercy, Lord! My enemies mistreat me. Keep me from the gates that lead to death, 14 and I will sing about you at the gate to Zion. I will be happy there because you rescued me.
15 Our Lord, the nations fell into their own pits, and their feet were caught in their own traps. 16 You showed what you are like, and you made certain that justice is done, but evil people are trapped by their own evil deeds. 17 The wicked will go down to the world of the dead to be with those nations that forgot about you.
18 The poor and the homeless won’t always be forgotten and without hope.
19 Do something, Lord! Don’t let the nations win. Make them stand trial in your court of law. 20 Make the nations afraid and let them all discover just how weak they are.
A Prayer for Help
10 Why are you far away, Lord? Why do you hide yourself when I am in trouble? 2 Proud and brutal people hunt down the poor. But let them get caught by their own evil plans!
3 The wicked brag about their deepest desires. Those greedy people hate and curse you, Lord. 4 The wicked are too proud to turn to you or even think about you. 5 They are always successful, though they can’t understand your teachings, and they keep sneering at their enemies.
6 In their hearts they say, “Nothing can hurt us! We’ll always be happy and free from trouble.” 7 They curse and tell lies, and all they talk about is how to be cruel or how to do wrong.
8 They hide outside villages, waiting to strike and murder some innocent victim. 9 They are hungry lions hiding in the bushes, hoping to catch some helpless passerby. They trap the poor in nets and drag them away. 10 They crouch down and wait to grab a victim. 11 They say, “God can’t see! He’s got on a blindfold.”
12 Do something, Lord God, and use your powerful arm to help those in need. 13 The wicked don’t respect you. In their hearts they say, “God won’t punish us!”
14 But you see the trouble and the distress, and you will do something. The poor can count on you, and so can orphans. 15 Now break the arms of all merciless people. Punish them for doing wrong and make them stop.
16 Our Lord, you will always rule, but nations will vanish from the earth. 17 You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help. 18 You defend orphans and everyone else in need, so that no one on earth can terrify others again.
Psalm 8leader: The Hebrew text adds “according to the gittith,” which may refer to either a musical instrument or a tune.
14 Only a fool would say, “There is no God!” People like that are worthless; they are heartless and cruel and never do right.
2 From heaven the Lord looks down to see if anyone is wise enough to search for him. 3 But all of them are corrupt; no one does right.
4 Won’t you evil people learn? You refuse to pray, and you gobble down the Lord’s people. 5 But you will be frightened, because God is on the side of every good person. 6 You may spoil the plans of the poor, but the Lord protects them.
7 I long for someone from Zion to come and save Israel! Our Lord, when you bless your people again, Jacob’s family will be glad, and Israel will celebrate.
16 Protect me, Lord God! I run to you for safety, 2 and I have said, “Only you are my Lord! Every good thing I have is a gift from you.”
3 Your people are wonderful, and they make me happy,[a] 4 but worshipers of other gods will have much sorrow.[b] I refuse to offer sacrifices of blood to those gods or worship in their name.
5 You, Lord, are all I want! You are my choice, and you keep me safe. 6 You make my life pleasant, and my future is bright.
7 I praise you, Lord, for being my guide. Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind. 8 I will always look to you, as you stand beside me and protect me from fear. 9 With all my heart, I will celebrate, and I can safely rest.
10 I am your chosen one. You won’t leave me in the grave or let my body decay. 11 You have shown me the path to life, and you make me glad by being near to me. Sitting at your right side,[c] I will always be joyful.
16.3Your people. . . happy: Or “I was happy worshiping gods I thought were powerful.”
16.4but. . . sorrow: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
19 The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what he has done. 2 Each day informs the following day; each night announces to the next. 3 They don’t speak a word, and there is never the sound of a voice. 4 Yet their message reaches all the earth, and it travels around the world.
In the heavens a tent is set up for the sun. 5 It rises like a bridegroom and gets ready like a hero eager to run a race. 6 It travels all the way across the sky. Nothing hides from its heat.
7 The Law of the Lord is perfect; it gives us new life. His teachings last forever, and they give wisdom to ordinary people. 8 The Lord’s instruction is right; it makes our hearts glad. His commands shine brightly, and they give us light.
9 Worshiping the Lord is sacred; he will always be worshiped. All of his decisions are correct and fair. 10 They are worth more than the finest gold and are sweeter than honey from a honeycomb.
11 By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded. 12 None of us know our faults. Forgive me when I sin without knowing it. 13 Don’t let me do wrong on purpose, Lord, or let sin have control over my life. Then I will be innocent, and not guilty of some terrible fault.
14 Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord, because you are my mighty rock[a] and my protector.
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.
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