(By David for the music leader. To be used when an offering is made.)
God Is Wonderful
70 Save me, Lord God! Hurry and help. 2 Disappoint and confuse all who want to kill me. Turn away and disgrace all who want to hurt me. 3 Embarrass and shame those who say, “We told you so!”
4 Let your worshipers celebrate and be glad because of you. They love your saving power, so let them always say, “God is wonderful!” 5 I am poor and needy, but you, the Lord God, care about me.
You are the one who saves me. Please hurry and help!
A Prayer for God’s Protection
71 I run to you, Lord, for protection. Don’t disappoint me. 2 You do what is right, so come to my rescue. Listen to my prayer and keep me safe. 3 Be my mighty rock,[a] the place where I can always run for protection. Save me by your command! You are my mighty rock and my fortress.
4 Come and save me, Lord God, from vicious and cruel and brutal enemies! 5 I depend on you, and I have trusted you since I was young. 6 I have relied on you[b] from the day I was born. You brought me safely through birth, and I always praise you.
7 Many people think of me as something evil. But you are my mighty protector, 8 and I praise and honor you all day long. 9 Don’t throw me aside when I am old; don’t desert me when my strength is gone. 10 My enemies are plotting because they want me dead. 11 They say, “Now we’ll catch you! God has deserted you, and no one can save you.” 12 Come closer, God! Please hurry and help. 13 Embarrass and destroy all who want me dead; disgrace and confuse all who want to hurt me. 14 I will never give up hope or stop praising you. 15 All day long I will tell the wonderful things you do to save your people. But you have done much more than I could possibly know. 16 I will praise you, Lord God, for your mighty deeds and your power to save.
17 You have taught me since I was a child, and I never stop telling about your marvelous deeds. 18 Don’t leave me when I am old and my hair turns gray. Let me tell future generations about your mighty power. 19 Your deeds of kindness are known in the heavens. No one is like you!
20 You made me suffer a lot, but you will bring me back from this deep pit and give me new life. 21 You will make me truly great and take my sorrow away.
22 I will praise you, God, the Holy One of Israel. You are faithful. I will play the harp and sing your praises. 23 You have rescued me! I will celebrate and shout, singing praises to you with all my heart. 24 All day long I will announce your power to save. I will tell how you disgraced and disappointed those who wanted to hurt me.
A Prayer for God To Guide and Help the King
72 Please help the king to be honest and fair just like you, our God. 2 Let him be honest and fair with all your people, especially the poor. 3 Let peace and justice rule every mountain and hill. 4 Let the king defend the poor, rescue the homeless, and crush everyone who hurts them. 5 Let the king live[c] forever like the sun and the moon. 6 Let him be as helpful as rain that refreshes the meadows and the ground. 7 Let the king be fair with everyone, and let there be peace until the moon falls from the sky.
8 Let his kingdom reach from sea to sea, from the Euphrates River across all the earth. 9 Force the desert tribes to accept his rule, and make his enemies crawl in the dirt. 10 Force the rulers of Tarshish[d] and of the islands to pay taxes to him. Make the kings of Sheba and of Seba[e] bring gifts. 11 Make other rulers bow down and all nations serve him.
12 Do this because the king rescues the homeless when they cry out, and he helps everyone who is poor and in need. 13 The king has pity on the weak and the helpless and protects those in need. 14 He cares when they hurt, and he saves them from cruel and violent deaths.
15 Long live the king! Give him gold from Sheba. Always pray for the king and praise him each day. 16 Let cities overflow with food and hills be covered with grain, just like Mount Lebanon. Let the people in the cities prosper like wild flowers. 17 May the glory of the king shine brightly forever like the sun in the sky. Let him make nations prosper and learn to praise him.
18 Lord God of Israel, we praise you. Only you can work miracles. 19 We will always praise your glorious name. Let your glory be seen everywhere on earth. Amen and amen.
20 This ends the prayers of David, the son of Jesse.
(A psalm by Asaph.)
God Is Good
73 God is truly good to Israel,[f] especially to everyone with a pure heart. 2 But I almost stumbled and fell, 3 because it made me jealous to see proud and evil people and to watch them prosper. 4 They never have to suffer,[g] they stay healthy, 5 and they don’t have troubles like everyone else.
6 Their pride is like a necklace, and they commit sin more often than they dress themselves. 7 Their eyes poke out with fat, and their minds are flooded with foolish thoughts. 8 They sneer and say cruel things, and because of their pride, they make violent threats. 9 They dare to speak against God and to order others around.
10 God will bring his people back, and they will drink the water he so freely gives.[h]
11 Only evil people would say, “God Most High cannot know everything!” 12 Yet all goes well for them, and they live in peace. 13 What good did it do me to keep my thoughts pure and refuse to do wrong? 14 I am sick all day, and I am punished each morning. 15 If I had said evil things, I would not have been loyal to your people.
16 It was hard for me to understand all this! 17 Then I went to your temple, and there I understood what will happen to my enemies. 18 You will make them stumble, never to get up again. 19 They will be terrified, suddenly swept away and no longer there. 20 They will disappear, Lord, despised like a bad dream the morning after.
21 Once I was bitter and brokenhearted. 22 I was stupid and ignorant, and I treated you as a wild animal would. 23 But I never really left you, and you hold my right hand. 24 Your advice has been my guide, and later you will welcome me in glory.[i] 25 In heaven I have only you, and on this earth you are all I want. 26 My body and mind may fail, but you are my strength and my choice forever.
27 Powerful Lord God, all who stay far from you will be lost, and you will destroy those who are unfaithful. 28 It is good for me to be near you. I choose you as my protector, and I will tell about your wonderful deeds.
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