Psalms for Worship

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Concerning Psalms for Worship

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A collection of poems and songs that grew out of the life and experience of the people of ancient Israel, the psalms have been treasured as a source of spirituality and devotion since long before the time of Jesus.

Jesus himself knew the psalms, and used them. The Christian Church has continued throughout its history to use them in public worship and private devotions.

The wide appeal of the psalms rests on their ability to give words to some of our deepest feelings in the face of life′s experiences. Whether for joy, worship and exaltation, or degradation and rejection, or hope, faith, love, anger, or despair, the psalms contain verses that reflect such moods. In them the various writers expressed to God the thoughts of their heart and spirit. The richness of the psalms still speaks to us and in them we too can find words to match many of our moods and express them before God. In turn God can still address us through these psalms.

The psalms can be used in a number of ways. So valued are they as a spiritual resource that many Christians over the centuries have recited them in a regular pattern as part of their daily worship. Equally we can browse through them in a less formal way. Many phrases and verses have been used to give expression to worship in the services of the Church.

In order to make the collection of psalms as widely appreciated now as possible, several changes have been made in this version. The text has been checked with modern translations and commentaries, and corrected to ensure accuracy. Attention has been paid to contemporary English to ensure that as far as possible all those using these Psalms for Worship may identify with the psalmist′s expressions of prayer or praise.

Some omissions have been made on the grounds that we are not making a new translation of the Book of Psalms, but providing psalms suitable for Christian worship. Some verses of the psalms are not suitable for use in the corporate worship of the Church.

The passages omitted are:

18:38-43;
55:16;
79:10,12;;
110:5-7;
143:13;
21:8-12;
58 in toto;
83 in toto;
137:7-9;
149:7-9.
28:4,5;
59:5,11-13;
101:6,9;
139:19-22;
35:4-8;
68:21-23;
106:34;
140:9-11;
54:5,7
69:24-30;
109:5-19;
141:7,8;

The recital of the psalms, whether said or sung, can enhance public worship. There are various ways of saying the psalms corporately:

by minister and congregation saying the psalm together;

by alternate verses (the minister reading a verse, and the congregation responding with the next verse);

antiphonally (when the congregation divides into parts, and each in turn reads every alternate verse);

by use of a repeated refrain after each two or three verses, the refrain being some key verse of the psalm itself (e.g. verses 3 and 5 of Psalm 67, or 7 and 11 of Psalm 46);

or the psalms may be sung.

When the psalms are sung to Anglican chant (as pointed in this version) the following conventions apply:

(a) Breath is to be taken at the end of lines, except where the sign ‿ indicates a ‘carry-over’.
(b) The inverted dot (·) is used to indicate how the syllables are to be divided between the notes of the bar when there are more than two syllables between the bar-marks (′).
(c) An obelus (†) indicates that the second half of a double chant is to be sung to the verse.
(d) A double space between verses, and the division of some psalms into parts indicates sections of psalms that may be used independently, or that a change of chant may be appropriate.
(e) The final ′ed′ should be pronounced as a separate syllable when it is marked with an accent (e.g. blessèd).

The Gloria, in one of the following forms, is usually said or sung at the end of each psalm.

The Gloria

Glory to the Father and ′ to the ′ Son:
and ′ to the ′ Holy ′ Spirit;
as it was in the be′ginning is ′ now:
and shall be for′ ever.′ A′men.

Or

Kia whakakorōriatia te Matua, te Tama:
me te Wairua Tapu;
ko te ritenga ia i te tīmatanga, ā, tēnei anō ināianei:
ā, ka mau tonu iho, ā, ake ake ake. Āmine.

Or

Korōria ki a koe, e te Ariki.

Or

Korōria ki te Matua, ki te Tama,
ki te Wairua Tapu;
mai i te tīmatanga, ki tēnei wā,
ā, haere ake nei. Āmine.

Psalms for Worship

1Day 1 Morning

1 Blessèd are those‿
who do not follow the ′ counsel · of the ′ wicked:
or linger in the way of sinners,
or sit down a′mong ′ those who ′ mock.
2 But their delight is in the ′ law · of the ′ Lord:
and on that law they ′ medi·tate ′ day and ′ night.
3 They are like trees planted be′side a ′ watercourse:
which yield their ′ fruit in ′ due ′ season.
4 Their leaves also ′ do not ′ wither:
and look, what′ever · they ′ do · it shall ′ prosper.
 
5 As for the wicked, it is not ′ so with ′ them:
but they are like the chaff,
which is ′ driven · a′way · by the ′ wind.
6 Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand‿
when ′ judgment ′ comes:
nor sinners in the as′sembly ′ of the ′ righteous.
7† For the Lord watches over‿
the ′ way · of the ′righteous:
but the ′ way · of the ′ wicked · is ′ doomed.

2

1 Why are the ′ nations · in ′ turmoil:
and why are the peoples‿
en′gaged in ′ futile ′ plotting?
2 The kings of the earth arise,
and the rulers take ′ counsel · to ′gether:
against the Lord and against the ′ Lord′s an′ointed ′ king.
3† ‘Let us break their ′ fetters,’ · they ′ say:
‘and let us ′ cast ′ off their ′ chains.’
4 The one whose throne is in heaven′‿
laughs them · to ′ scorn:
the Lord ′ has them ′ in de′rision.
5 Then you speak to them ′ in your ′ wrath:
and ′ terrify · them ′ in your ′ fury.
6† ‘I myself have set ′ up my ′ king:
up′on my ′ holy ′ hill.’
 
7 I will recite the de′cree · of the ′ Lord:
who has said to me, ‘You are my son,
today have ′ I be′come your ′ father.’
8 ‘Ask, and I will give you the nations‿
for ′ your in′heritance:
and the ends of the ′ earth for ′your pos′session.’
9 ‘You shall crush them with a ′ rod of ′ iron:
and break them in pieces ′ like a ′ potter’s ′ vessel.’
10 Now therefore you ′ kings be ′ wise:
be prudent, you ′ rulers ′ of the ′ earth.
11 Serve the ′ Lord with ′ fear:
and with trembling bow down be′fore the ′ Most ′ High,
11 lest the Lord be angry, and you perish,
for God′s anger is ′ quickly ′ kindled:
blessèd are all who ′ put their ′ trust · in the ′ Lord.

3

1 Lord, how my ′ enemies · have′ multiplied:
how many there are who ′ rise ′ up a′gainst me.
2 Many there are who′ say a′bout me:
that there is no ′ help · for me ′ in my ′ God.
 
3 But you Lord are a ′ shield to ′ cover me:
you are my glory,
and the ′ lifter ′ up · of my ′ head.
4 I cry aloud to ′ you O ′ Lord:
and you answer me ′ from your ′ holy ′ hill.
5 I lie ′ down and ′ sleep:
I wake up again ′ for the ′ Lord sus′tains me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands ′ of the ′ people:
who have set themselves a′gainst me · on ′ every ′ side.
7 Rise up Lord, and help me ′ O my ′ God:
for you strike all my enemies across the face,
and ′ break the ′ teeth · of the ′ wicked.
8 Victory be′longs · to the′ Lord:
your blessing Lord ′ be up′on your′ people.

4

1 Answer me when I call,
O God, the defender ′ of my ′ cause:
You set me free when I was in distress,
be gracious to me ′ now and ′ hear my ′ prayer.
2 How long, O mortals, will you de′ fame my ′ honour:
how long will you love‿
what is worthless and ′ seek ′ after ′ lies?
3 Know this, that the Lord has chosen ′‿
those · who are ′ righteous:
the Lord ′ hears me ′ when I ′ call.
4 Stand in awe, and ′ cease from ′ sin:
commune with your own heart‿
up′on your ′ bed · and be ′ still.
5 Offer the sacrifices that ′ are ap′pointed:
and ′ put your ′ trust · in the ′ Lord.
6 There are many who say,
‘O that we might ′ see pros′perity:
lift up the light of your ′ face on ′ us O ′ Lord.’
7 But you have put gladness ′ in my ′ heart:
more than they have‿
when corn and ′ wine ′ are in ′ plenty.
8 I lie down in peace, and sleep ′ comes at ′ once:
for O Lord, it is you only‿
who ′ make me ′ dwell in ′ safety.

5

1 Listen to my ′ words O ′ Lord:
give heed to the ′ sound ′ of my ′ groaning.
2 Hear my cry for help, my ′ king · and my ′ God:
for to ′ you · I di′rect my ′ prayer.
3 In the morning Lord you ′ hear my ′ voice:
early in the morning I make my plea,
and look ′ up to ′ you · for an ′ answer.
4 For you are not a God who takes ′‿
pleasure · in ′ wickedness:
no one who is ′ evil · can ′ be your ′ guest.
5 The boastful may not ′ stand in · your ′ sight:
you hate all ′ those who′ work ′ mischief .
6 You destroy all those who ′ speak ′ lies:
the bloodthirsty and treacherous O ′ Lord ′ you ab′hor.
7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love,
will come ′ into · your ′ house:
and bow low in reverence to ′ward your ′ holy ′ temple.
8 Lead me O Lord in your righteousness,
be′cause of · my ′ enemies:
make straight your ′ way be′fore my ′ face.
9 There is no truth ′ in their ′ mouth:
and there is de′struction ′ in their ′ heart.
10 Their throat is an ′ open ′ grave:
they ′ flatter ′ with their ′ tongue.
11 Give judgment against them O God,
let them perish through their ′ own de′vices:
cast them out because of their many transgressions,
for ′ they have · re′belled a′gainst you.
12 But let all who put their trust in ′ you re′joice:
let them ever give thanks because you defend them,
those who love your name ′ shall be ′ joyful · in ′ you.
13† For you Lord will give your blessing ′ to the ′ righteous:
and with your favour‿
you will de′fend them ′ as · with a ′ shield.

6Day 1 Evening

1 Lord, do not rebuke me ′ in your ′ anger:
do not ′ punish · me ′ in your ′ wrath.
2 Be merciful to me O Lord, for ′ I am ′ weak:
O Lord heal me, for my ′ bones are ′ racked with ′ pain.
3 My soul also is shaken ′ with dis′may:
how ′ long O ′ Lord · will you ′ punish me?
4 Turn O ′ Lord · and de′liver me:
O save me ′ for your ′ mercy′s ′ sake.
5 For in death ′ no one · re′members you:
and who will ′ give you ′ thanks · in the ′ grave?
6 I am wearied ′ with my ′ groaning:
every night I weep upon my bed,
and ′ drench my ′ couch · with my ′ tears.
7 My eyes have become dim ′ through my ′ grief:
and worn ′ out with ′ all my ′ troubles.
 
8 Away from me, all ′ you that · do ′ evil:
for the Lord has ′ heard the ′ sound · of my ′ weeping.
9 The Lord has ′ heard · my en′treaty:
the ′ Lord · will re′ceive my ′ prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be confounded‿
and ′ greatly · dis′mayed:
they shall turn back,
and be ′ put to ′ sudden · con′fusion.

7

1 O Lord my God, in you I ′ take ′ refuge:
save me from all my pur′suers ′ and de′liver me,
2 lest like a lion, they ′ tear me · to ′ pieces:
dragging me a′way with ′ no one · to ′ rescue me.
3 O Lord my God, if I have done ′ any · such ′ thing:
if there is any ′ wicked· ness ′ on my ′ hands,
4 if I have done harm to one who ′ was my ′ friend:
or plundered my ′ enemy · with′out · any ′ cause,
5† then let my enemies pur′sue me · and ′ take me:
indeed let them trample my life to the ground,
and lay my ′ soul ′ in the ′ dust.
6 Arise O Lord in your anger,
rise up against the fury ′ of my ′ enemies:
awake O my God,
for ′ you · have de′manded ′ judgment.
7 Let the people be as′sembled · a′round you:
and take your seat on high above them,
O ′ Lord the ′ judge · of the ′ nations.
8 Give judgment for me O Lord,
according′ to my ′ righteousness:
and ac′cording to · my ′ soul′s in′tegrity.
9 O let the evil of the wicked ′ come · to an ′ end:
but up′hold the ′ cause · of the ′ just.
10† For you O ′ God are ′ righteous:
you search the very ′ secrets ′ of the ′ heart.
 
11 You are my ′ shield and · de′fence:
you preserve ′ those · who are ′ true of ′ heart.
12 You are a ′ righteous ′ judge:
one who is moved to indig′nation ′ every ′ day.
13 If people will not repent, you ′ sharpen · your ′ sword:
you bend your ′ bow and ′ make it ′ ready.
14 You have prepared your ′ deadly ′ weapons:
and ′ tipped your ′ arrows · with ′ fire.
15 Look at those who are in ′ labour · with ′ mischief:
they conceive ′ wickedness · and ′ bring forth ′ lies.
16 They have made a pit and ′ dug it ′ out:
but will fall themselves‿
into the ′ trap they ′ made for ′ others.
17 For their mischief shall recoil up′on them′selves:
and their violence descend ′ on their ′ own ′ head.
18 I will give thanks to the Lord‿
for giving′ righteous ′ judgment:
and I will praise the ′ name · of the ′ Lord most ′ high.

8

1 O Lord our God,
how glorious is your name in ′ all the ′ earth:
from the lips of infants and children,
your praises reach ′ up ′ to the ′ heavens.
2 You have set up a stronghold‿
a′gainst your′ adversaries:
to quell the ′ ene· my ′ and · the a′venger.
3 when I look up at the heavens,
the ′ work · of your ′ fingers:
the moon and the‿
stars you have ′ set ′ in their ′ places,
4 what are we mortals, that you should be′ mindful · of ′ us:
mere human beings that ′ you should ′ care for ′ us?
5 You have made us little′ less · than divine:
and ′ crowned · us with ′ glory · and ′ honour.
6 You made us rulers over′ all · your cre′ation:
and put all things in sub′jection ′ under · our ′ feet,
7 all ′ sheep and ′ cattle:
and all the ′ creatures ′ of the ′ wild,
8 the birds of the air and the ′ fish · in the ′ sea:
and all that make their ′ way ′ through the ′ waters.
9† O ′ Lord our ′ God:
how glorious is your ′ name in ′ all the ′ earth.

9Day 2 Morning

PART ONE

1 I will give thanks to you O Lord with ′ all my ′ heart:
I will speak of ′ all your′ marvel·lous ′ deeds.
2 I will be glad and re′joice in′ you:
my songs I will make to your ′‿
name O ′ God most ′ high,
3 for my enemies are ′ driven ′ back:
they ′ stumble · and ′ perish · be′fore you.
4 You have upheld the justice ′ of my ′ cause:
seated on your throne
you have′ given′ righteous ′ judgment.
5 You have rebuked the nations‿
and de′stroyed the ′ wicked:
you have blotted out‿
their ′ name for ′ ever · and ′ ever.
6 The enemy have perished,
you have made their cities a ′ deso′lation:
even the ′ memory · of ′ them has ′ vanished.
7 You O Lord sit en′throned for′ ever:
you have set ′ up your ′ seat for ′ judgment.
8 You will judge the ′ world with ′ righteousness:
and mete out true ′ justice ′ to the ′ peoples.
9 The Lord also is a stronghold′ for · the op′pressed:
a tower of ′ strength in′ time of ′ trouble.
10 Those who cherish your name‿
will put their ′ trust in ′ you:
for you Lord‿
have never ′ failed ′ those who ′ seek you.

PART TWO

11 Sing praise to the Lord who dwells′ in Je′rusalem:
proclaim to the peoples the ′ things that ′ God has ′ done.
12 For the one who avenges ′ blood · has re′membered:
and has not forgotten the ′ cry ′ of the ′ poor.
13 Have pity on me Lord,
consider the trouble I suffer‿
from ′ those who ′ hate me:
you that lift me up ′ from the ′ gates of ′ death,
14 so that I may recount all your praises‿
within the ′ gates · of the ′ city:
and rejoice ′ in your ′ saving ′ help.
15 The nations have fallen into a pit of their ′ own ′ making:
in the net they laid in secret‿
their own ′ feet ′ are en′tangled.
16 You have made yourself known O Lord,
and ′ given ′ judgment:
the wicked are trapped‿
in the ′ work · of their′ own ′ hands.
17 The wicked go down ′ to the ′ dead:
all the nations′ that are′ heedless · of ′ God.
18 The needy shall not always ′ be for′gotten:
the hope of the poor shall ′ not for ′ ever · be ′ vain.
19 Rise up Lord, let not mere′ mortals · pre′vail:
let the′ nations · be ′ judged be′fore you.
20 Strike them with ′ fear O ′ Lord:
let the nations ′ know · that they ′ are but ′ human.

10

1 Why do you stand so far ′ off O ′ Lord:
and hide your face in ′ time of ′ need and ′ trouble?
2 The wicked in their pride hunt ′ down the ′ poor:
let them be snared ′ by their ′ own de′vices.
3 The wicked boast of their ′ heart′s de′sire:
the covetous have the Lord in contempt,
and blaspheme the ′ name ′ of the ′ Lord.
4 In their pride they care ′ nothing · for ′ God:
they say in their heart that ′ there is ′ no ′ God.
5 They prosper in ′ all their ′ ways:
your judgments Lord are far above out of their sight,
all their ′ enemies · they ′ hold · in con′tempt.
6 They say in their heart, ‘I shall ′ never · be ′ shaken:
there shall ′ no harm ′ happen · to ′ me.’
7 Their mouth is full of cursing, de′ceit and ′ fraud:
under their ′ tongue are ′ mischief · and ′ wrong.
8 They lie in ambush ′ in the ′ villages:
and in secret they murder the innocent,
stealthily they ′ watch ′ for the ′ helpless.
9 They lie in hiding, as a lion ′ lurks in its ′ den:
they lie ′ waiting · to ′ seize their ′ prey.
10 They ′ seize the ′ poor:
and ′ drag them ′ off · in their ′ net.
11 The innocent are crushed,
and sink ′ down be′fore them:
the weak cannot ′ stand a′gainst their ′ might.
12 They say in their heart, ′ ‘God · has for′gotten:
God has looked away ′ and will ′ never ′ see it.’
13 Arise O Lord God, and lift ′ up your ′ hand:
do not forget the′ poor ′ in their′ need.
14 Why should the wicked make ′ light of ′ God:
and say in their hearts,
‘God will not ′ call us ′ to ac′count?’
15 Surely you have seen it,
for you take note of ′ trouble · and ′ sorrow:
so that you may take the ′ matter ′ into · your ′ hand.
16 The poor commit them′selves to ′ you:
for you are the ′ helper ′ of the ′ orphaned.
17† Break the power of the wicked′ and ma′licious:
search out their wickedness,
till ′ nothing · is ′ left · unre′vealed.
18 The Lord shall reign for ′ ever · and ′ever:
the heathen shall ′ perish ′ out of · the ′ land.
19 Lord you have heard the lament ′ of the ′ poor:
you will strengthen their heart,
and ′ you · will in′cline your ′ ear,
20 to do justice to the orphaned′ and · the op′pressed:
so that no one on earth‿
may ′ any · more ′ cause them ′ terror.

11

1 In the Lord I have ′ taken ′ refuge:
how then can you say to me,
‘Flee like a ′ bird ′ to the ′ mountains.
2 ‘See how the wicked are bending their bow,
and fitting their arrow ′ to the ′ string:
to shoot from ambush ′ at the ′ true of ′ heart.
3 ‘If the foundations ′ are de′stroyed:
what ′ can the ′ righteous ′ do?’
4 You O Lord are in your ′ holy ′ temple:
your ′ throne ′ is in ′ heaven.
5 Your eyes are upon ′ human′kind:
you take our ′ measure ′ at a ′ glance.
6 You put the righteous and the wicked ′ to the ′ test:
those who delight in ′ violence · your ′ soul ab′hors.
7 On the wicked you shall rain‿
coals of ′ fire and ′ brimstone:
scorching wind shall ′ be their ′ portion · to ′ drink.
8 For you are just O Lord, and you ′ love just ′ dealing:
the ′ upright · shall be′hold your ′ face.

12Day 2 Evening

1 Help Lord, for there is not one godly ′ person ′ left:
the faithful have ′ vanished ′ from a ′mong us.
2 They all speak falsely ′ to their ′ neighbours:
they flatter with their lips,
but dissemble ′ in their ′ double ′ heart.
3 O that the Lord would cut off all ′ flatter·ing ′ lips:
and the ′ tongue that ′ speaks so ′ boastfully.
4 They have said, ‘With our tongue we ′ will pre′vail:
our lips are our own, ′ who is ′ Lord · over ′ us?’
5 ‘Because the poor ′ are op′pressed:
and because of the ′ groans ′ of the ′ needy,
6 ‘I will arise,’ ′ says the′ Lord:
‘and give them the ′ place of ′ safety · they ′ long for.’
7 The words of the Lord are pure‿
as silver refined ′ in a ′ furnace:
as gold that is purified ′ seven · times ′ in the ′ fire.
8 Protect us · O ′ Lord:
and guard us from ′ this · gener′ation · for ′ ever,
9† for the wicked flaunt themselves on ′ every ′ side:
and the worthless are ex′alted · a′mong the′ people.

13

1 How long O Lord will you ′ utterly · for′get me:
how long will you ′ hide your ′ face ′ from me?
2 How long must I suffer anguish in my soul,
and be so grieved in my heart ′ day and ′ night:
how long shall my′ ene· my ′ triumph ′ over me?
3 Look at me, and answer me O ′ Lord my ′ God:
give light to my eyes, lest I ′ fall a′sleep in ′ death,
4 lest my enemies should claim‿
to have pre′vailed a′gainst me:
lest my foes should re′joice ′ at my ′ downfall.
 
5 But my trust is ′ in your ′ mercy:
let my heart be ′ joyful · in ′ your sal′vation.
6 I will sing to you O Lord,
because you have dealt so ′ loving· ly ′ with me:
I will praise your ′ name O ′ Lord most ′ high.

14

1 The foolish have spoken ′ in their ′ heart:
and said, ′ ‘There is ′ no ′ God.’
2 All are corrupt, they do a′bomin·able ′ things:
there is ′ no one · who ′ does · what is ′ good.
3 The Lord looks down from ′ heaven · on ′ all of us:
to see if there are any who‿
act wisely and ′ seek ′ after ′ God.
4 But they have all gone astray,
all alike have ′ been cor′rupted:
there is not one that does ′ good ′ no not ′ one.
5 Have they no knowledge, all ′ those · who do ′ evil?:
they eat up my people like eating bread,
and ′ do not ′ pray · to the ′ Lord.
6 See now, they ′ tremble · with ′ fear:
for God is on the ′ side ′ of the ′ righteous.
7 Though you mock at the ′ hope · of the ′ poor:
yet the ′ Lord ′ is their ′ refuge.
8 O that deliverance for God′s people‿
would come ′ forth · from Jerusalem:
when the Lord restores the fortunes of the people,
then shall Jacob re′joice and ′ Israel · be ′ glad.

15Day 3 Morning

1 Lord, who may be a ′ guest · in your ′ house:
or who may dwell ′ on your ′ holy ′ mountain?
2 One who leads a ′ blameless ′ life:
who does what is right,
and speaks ′ truthful·ly ′ from the ′ heart,
3 whose tongue is free from malice,
who never ′ wrongs a ′ friend:
and utters no re′proach a′gainst a ′ neighbour,
4 who does not ′ honour · the un′worthy:
but makes much of ′ those who ′ fear the ′ Lord.
5 Such a one stands by a ′ promise ′ given:
though it be at ′ person· al ′ disad′vantage,
6 and will not take interest ′ on a ′ loan:
nor accept a bribe‿
to ′ testi· fy a′gainst the ′ innocent.
7† Whoever ′ does all ′ this:
shall ′ never · be ′ over′thrown.

16

1 Preserve ′ me O ′ God:
for in ′ you · I have ′ taken ′ refuge.
2 I have said to the Lord, ′ ‘You are · my ′ God:
from you alone ′ comes all ′ my pros′perity.’
3 All my delight is in the faithful‿
who ′ dwell · in the ′ land:
and in ′ those · who ex′cel in ′ virtue.
4 But as for those who run after ′ other ′ gods:
their ′ troubles ′ shall be ′ multiplied.
5 Libations of blood I will not offer to ′ those ′ gods:
nor will I take their ′ names up′on my ′ lips.
6 You Lord are my allotted portion ′ and my ′ cup:
you your′self have ′ cast my ′ lot.
7 My boundaries enclose a ′ pleasant ′ land:
indeed I ′ have a ′ noble ′ heritage.
8 I will thank you O Lord for ′ giving · me ′ counsel:
at night ′ also · you ′ teach my ′ heart.
9 I keep you ′ always · be′fore me:
you are on my right hand,′
therefore · I ′ shall not ′ fall.
10 So my heart is glad, and my ′ soul re′joices:
my body ′ also · shall ′ rest in ′ safety.
11 For you will not give me up to the ′ power · of ′ death:
nor suffer your be′lovèd · to ′ see · the A′byss.
12 You will show me the path of life,
in your presence is the ′ fulness · of ′ joy:
and from your right hand flow de′lights for ′ ever′more.

17

1 Hear my just cause, attend to my ′ cry O ′ Lord:
listen to my prayer from ′ lips that ′ do not ′ lie.
2 Let judgment in my favour‿
come ′ forth · from your ′ presence:
and let your ′ eyes dis′cern · what is ′ right.
3 You have searched my heart,
and visited ′ me by ′ night:
if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me,
my ′ mouth does ′ not of′fend.
4 With regard to ′ human ′ deeds:
because of the word of your lips,
I have a′voided · the ′ ways · of the ′ violent.
5† My steps have been ′ firm in your ′ paths:
and my ′ feet ′ have not ′ stumbled.
 
6 I call upon you O God for ′ you will ′ answer me:
incline your ear to ′ me and ′ hear my ′ words.
7 Show me the wonders of your ′ steadfast ′ love:
for by your right hand
you save from their adversaries ′‿
those · who take ′ refuge · with ′ you.
8 Guard me as the ′ apple · of your ′ eye:
hide me under the ′ shadow ′ of your ′ wings,
9 from the wicked ′ who as′sail me:
from ′ deadly ′ foes · who sur′round me.
10 They have closed their ′ hearts to ′ pity:
and their ′ mouths speak′ arro· gant ′ things.
11 They press hard upon me from ′ every ′ side:
watching how they may ′‿
strike me ′ down · to the ′ ground,
12† like a lion that is ′ greedy · for ′ prey:
like a young lion ′‿
crouching ′ in a ′ place of ′ ambush.
 
13 Arise O Lord, stand in their way‿
and ′ bring them ′ down:
let your sword ′ rescue · me ′ from the ′ wicked.
14 Let your hand deliver me from people‿
whose portion in life is ′ of the ′ world:
who have gorged themselves ′ with your ′ good ′ things.
15 They have children at′ their desire:
and leave to heirs ′ what re′mains · of their ′ wealth
16 But as for me, I shall see your face‿
because my ′ plea is ′ just:
when I awake‿
and see your ′ face I ′ shall be ′ satisfied.

18Day 3 Evening

PART ONE

1 I love you O ′ Lord my ′ strength:
the Lord is my rock, my ′ fortress · and ′ my de′liverer;
2 my God, the rock where ′ I take ′ refuge:
my shield, my sal′vation ′ and my ′ stronghold.
3 I will call upon the Lord,
who is worthy of ′ all ′ praise:
so shall I be ′ saved ′ from my ′ enemies.
 
4 The waves of death were ′ all a′round me:
the torrents of de′struction ′ over′took me.
5 The cords of death ′ tightened · up′on me:
and its snares were ′ laid ′ in my ′ path.
6 In my trouble I ′ called · to the ′ Lord:
and cried for ′ help ′ to my ′ God.
7 From your temple you ′ heard my ′ voice:
and my ′ cry to · you ′ reached your ′ ears.
8 Then the earth ′ heaved and ′ quaked:
the very foundations of the hills were shaken,
they ′ reeled be′cause of · your ′ anger.
9 Smoke issued from your nostrils,
and a consuming fire came ′ out of · your ′ mouth:
glowing ′ coals flamed ′ forth · from your ′ presence.
10 You parted the heavens and ′ came ′ down:
a ′ storm cloud ′ under · your ′ feet.
11 Mounted on the ′ cherubim · you ′ flew:
you swooped on the ′ wings ′ of the ′ wind.
12 You made darkness your ′ covering · a′round you:
thick clouds ′ dark with ′ rain your ′ canopy.
13 Out of the brightness ′ of your ′ presence:
there broke through the clouds,′
hailstones · and ′ coals of ′ fire.
14 You O Lord most high thundered ′ out of ′ heaven:
you uttered your voice,′
hailstones · and′ coals of ′ fire.
15 You sent out your arrows and ′ scattered · your ′ enemies:
you flashed forth your ′‿
lightnings · and ′ put them · to ′ flight.
16† The bed of the sea was laid bare,
the foundations of the world ′ were un′covered:
at your rebuke O Lord,
at the blasting of the′ breath of ′ your dis′pleasure.

PART TWO

17 You O Lord reached down from on ′ high and ′ grasped me:
you drew me ′ out · of the ′ great ′ waters.
18 You delivered me from my powerful enemy,
and from ′ those who ′ hated me:
be′cause they ′ were too ′ strong for me.
19 They came upon me in the day of ′ my cal′amity:
but you were ′ my up′holder · O ′ Lord.
20 You brought me out into a ′ place of ′ liberty:
you rescued me be′cause · you de′lighted · in′ me.
21 You rewarded me for my ′ righteous ′ dealing:
you recompensed me be′cause my ′ hands were ′ clean.
22 For I have kept your ′ ways O ′ Lord:
and have not ′ wickedly · for′saken · my ′ God.
23 All your laws are be′fore my ′ eyes:
and your commandments I have not ′ put a′way ′ from me.
24 I was also ′ blameless · be′fore you:
and I ′ kept my′self from ′ wickedness.
25† So you rewarded me for my ′ righteous ′ dealing:
because my ′ hands were ′ clean · in your ′ sight.
26 With the faithful you ′ show your self ′ faithful:
with the ′ upright · you ′ show yourself ′ upright.
27 With the pure you ′ show your · self ′ pure:
but with the ′ crafty · ones ′ you are ′ crafty.
28 For you will deliver a ′ humble ′ people:
but you will bring down the ′‿
high looks ′ of the ′ proud.
29 You light my lamp O ′ Lord my ′ God:
you turn my ′ darkness ′ into ′ light.
30 With you I can ′ break through a ′ hedge:
with the help of my God I can ′ leap ′ over · a ′ wall.

PART THREE

31 The way of our God is perfect,
the word of the ′ Lord proves ′ true:
you are the shield of ′ all · who take′ refuge · in′ you.
32 For who is ′ God · but the ′ Lord:
and who is a ′ rock ex′cept our ′ God?
33 It is God who ′ girds me · with ′ strength:
and makes the ′ path be′fore me ′ safe.
34 You make my feet like the ′ feet · of a ′ deer:
and ′ set me · up′on the ′ heights.
35 You teach my ′ hands to ′ fight:
so that my arms can bend ′ even · a ′ bow of ′ bronze.
36 You have given me the shield of ′ your sal′vation:
your right hand held me up,
and your loving ′ care has ′ made me ′ great.
37 You have made a broad ′ path · for my ′ feet:
and my ′ footsteps ′ have not ′ faltered.
  * * *
44 You delivered me from the ′ strife · of the ′ peoples:
and you ′ made me · the ′ head · of the ′ nations.
45 A people whom I ′ had not ′ known:
became ′ subjects ′ under · my ′ rule.
46 As soon as they heard of me′ they o′beyed me:
and foreigners ′ humbled · them′selves be′fore me.
47† The strength of the ′ ali·ens ′ failed:
in fear they ′ came out ′ from their ′ strongholds.
48 The Lord lives, and blessèd ′ be my ′ rock:
and ′ praised · be the ′ God who ′ saves me.
49 You are the God ′ who a′venged me:
and sub′dued the′ peoples ′ under me.
50 You delivered me ′ from my ′ enemies:
you set me up above my adversaries,
and ′ saved me ′ from the ′ violent.
51 Therefore Lord, I will extol you a′mong the ′ nations:
and sing ′ praises ′ to your ′ name.
52† Great triumphs O Lord you ′ give · to your ′ king:
and show unfailing love to your anointed one,
to David and ′ his de′scendants · for ′ ever.

19Day 4 Morning

1 The heavens proclaim the ′ glory · of ′ God:
and the vault of the ′ sky re′veals God’s ′ handiwork.
2 One day ′ speaks · to an′other:
and night ′ shares its ′ knowledge · with ′ night,
3 and this without ′ speech or ′ language:
their ′ voices ′ are not ′ heard.
4 But their sound goes out into ′ all ′ lands:
their ′ words · to the ′ ends of the ′ earth.
5 In them God has pitched a ′ tent · for the ′ sun:
which comes out like a bridegroom,
like an athlete ′ eager · to ′ run a ′ race.
6 Its rising is at one end of the sky,
it runs its ′ course · to the ′ other:
and there is nothing that is ′ hidden ′ from its ′ heat.
 
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, re′freshing · the′ soul:
the instruction of the Lord is sure,
and gives ′ wisdom ′ to the ′ simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
and re′joice the ′ heart:
the commandment of the Lord is‿
pure and gives ′ light ′ to the ′ eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and en′dures for′ ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true‿
and ′ righteous ′ every ′ one.
10 They are more to be desired than gold,
even ′ much fine ′ gold:
sweeter also than honey,
pure ′ honey ′ from the ′ comb.
11 By them is your ′ servant ′ taught:
and for keeping them ′ there is ′ great re′ward.
12 Who can discern un′witting ′ sins?:
O cleanse me ′ from my ′ secret ′ faults.
13 Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins,
lest they get the ′ better ′ of me:
then shall I be clean,
and ′ innocent · of ′ great of′f ence.
14 Let the words of my mouth‿
and the ′ thoughts · of my ′ heart:
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord my ′ strength and ′ my re′deemer.

20

1 May the Lord answer you in the ′ day of ′ trouble:
the name of the ′ God of ′ Jacob · de′fend you,
2 send you ′ help · from the ′ sanctuary:
and give you sup′port · from the′ holy ′ mountain.
3 May the Lord remember ′ all your ′ offerings:
and ac′cept your ′ burnt ′ sacrifices,
4 grant you your ′ heart′s de′sire:
and give suc′cess to ′ all your ′ plans,
5† so that we may rejoice in your victory,
and triumph in the ′ name · of our ′ God:
because the Lord has ′ granted ′ all · your pe′titions.
6 Now I know O Lord that you help your anointed king,
and will answer him from your ′ holy ′ heaven:
with the victorious ′ might of ′ your right ′ hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots,
and ′ some in ′ horses:
but we will trust in the ′‿
name · of the ′ Lord our ′ God.
8 They will ′ totter · and ′ fall:
but we shall ′ rise and ′ stand ′ upright.
8 O Lord ′ save the ′ king:
and ′ answer · us ′ when we ′ call.

21

1 The king rejoices in your ′ strength O ′ Lord:
how greatly ′ he ex′ults · in your ′ victory.
2 You have given him his ′ heart′s de′sire:
and not de′nied him · the re′quest · of his ′ lips.
3 You come to meet him with the ′ blessings · of suc′cess:
and set a crown of pure ′ gold up′on his ′ head.
4 He asked you for life, and you ′ gave it ′ to him:
length of ′ days for ′ ever · and ′ ever.
5 Great is his glory be′cause of · your ′ victory:
splendour and majesty ′ you have ′ laid up′on him.
6 You have given him ever′lasting · fe′licity:
and you make him ′ glad with ′ joy · in your ′ presence.
7 For the king puts his ′ trust · in the ′ Lord:
and through the steadfast love of God most high,
he · will re′main un′shaken.
  * * *
13 Arise O Lord ′ in your ′ strength:
and we will ′ sing and ′ praise your ′ power.

22Day 4 Evening

PART ONE

1 My God my God, why have ′ you for′saken me:
why are you so far from my help,
and from my ′ cry ′ of dis′tress?
2 O my God I cry out in the daytime,
but you ′ do not ′ answer:
at night also, ′ but I · get ′ no re′lief .
3 But ′ you · are the ′ Holy One:
enthroned on the ′ praises ′ of your ′ people.
4 Our ancestors ′ trusted · in ′ you:
they ′ trusted · and ′ you de′livered them.
5 They called to ′ you · and were ′ rescued:
they put their trust in you,′
and were′ not · disap′pointed.
6 But I am a worm and something ′ less than ′ human:
an object of scorn and an ′ outcast ′ of the ′ people.
7 All those who see me ′ laugh · me to ′ scorn:
they curl their lips and ′ toss their ′ heads ′ saying,
8 ‘You trusted in ′ God · for de′liverance:
if God ′ cares · for you, ′ let God ′ rescue you.’
9 But you are the one who took me ′ out · of the ′ womb:
you kept me safe up′on my ′ mother′s ′ breast.
10 On you have I been cast ever ′ since · I was ′ born:
and you are my God ′ even · from my ′ mother′s ′womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trouble is ′ close at ′ hand:
and ′ there is ′ no one · to ′ help me.
12 Many bulls have ′ come a′round me:
great bulls of Bashan‿
close in on ′ me from ′ every ′ side.
13 They open ′ wide their ′ mouths at me:
like ′ ravening · and ′ roaring ′ lions.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are ′ out of ′ joint:
my heart within my ′ breast has ′ melted · like ′ wax.
15 My mouth is parched as dry clay,
my tongue ′ clings · to my ′ jaws:
and I am ′ laid · in the ′ dust of ′ death.
16 Many dogs have ′ come a′round me:
and the wicked hem me ′ in on ′ every ′ side.
17 They pierce my hands and my feet,
I can count ′ all my ′ bones:
they stand ′ staring · and ′ gloating ′ over me.
18 They share out my ′ garments · a′mong them:
and they cast ′ lots ′ for my ′ clothing.
19 Do not stand far off from ′ me O ′ Lord:
you are my helper, come ′ quickly ′ to my ′ rescue.
20 Deliver me ′ from the ′ sword:
my precious ′ life · from the ′ mauling · of ′ dogs.
21† Save me from the ′ lion′s ′ mouth:
my afflicted soul from the ′ horns · of the ′ wild ′ cattle.

PART TWO

22 I will declare your ′ name to my ′ people:
in the midst of the as′sembly ′ I will ′ praise you.
23 Give praise all you that ′ fear the ′ Lord:
proclaim God′s greatness, all you children of Jacob,
stand in awe ′ all you ′ children · of ′ Israel.
24 For you O God have not despised or abhorred‿
the poor in′ their af′fliction:
you have not hidden your face from them,
but you ′ heard them ′ when they ′ called to you.
25 You are the theme of my praise in the′ full as′sembly:
my vows I will perform‿
in the ′ sight of ′ those who ′ fear you.
26 The poor shall ′ eat · and be ′ satisfied:
those who seek you O Lord shall praise you,
may they ′ be in · good ′ heart for ′ ever.
27 Let all the ends of the earth remember‿
and turn to ′ you O ′ Lord:
and let all the families‿
of the ′ nations · bow ′ down be′fore you.
28 For yours is the ′ kingdom · O ′ Lord:
and you are the ′ ruler ′ over · the ′ nations.
29 As for those who sleep in the grave,
how shall they ′ worship ′ you:
all those who go down into the dust,
how shall they ′ bow be′fore ′ you?
30 But I shall live through you,
and my ′ children · shall ′ serve you:
they shall tell of you‿
to the generations ′ that are ′ yet to ′ come.
31 To a people as yet unborn they shall ′ make ′ known:
the ′ saving ′ deeds · you have ′ done.

23

1 The Lord ′ is my ′ shepherd:
therefore ′ can I ′ lack ′ nothing.
2 You Lord make me lie down in ′ green ′ pastures:
and lead me be′side the ′ waters · of ′ peace.
3 You re′vive my ′ spirit:
and guide me in right pathways ′‿
for your ′ name′s ′ sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will ′ fear no ′ evil:
for you are with me,
your ′ rod · and your ′ staff · are my ′ comfort.
5 You spread a table for me‿
in the ′ sight · of my ′ enemies:
you have anointed my head with oil,
and my ′ cup is ′ over′flowing.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me‿
all the ′ days · of my ′ life:
and I will dwell in the ′ house · of the ′ Lord for ′ ever.

24Day 5 Morning

1 The earth is the Lord′s and ′ all · that is ′ in it:
the ′ world and ′ its in′habitants.
2 For the Lord has founded it up′on the ′ seas:
and planted it firm up′on the ′ waters · be′neath.
3 Who may ascend the ′ hill · of the ′ Lord:
or who may ′ stand · in God′s ′ holy ′ place?
4 Those who have clean hands and a ′ pure ′ heart:
who have not set their minds on falsehood,
or ′ sworn · a de′ceitful ′ oath.
5 They shall receive blessing ′ from the ′ Lord:
and ′ recompense · from ′ God their ′ saviour.
6 So it is with those who ′ seek the ′ Lord:
with those who seek‿
the ′ face · of the ′ God of ′ Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads you gates,
lift yourselves up, you ever′lasting ′ doors:
that the king of ′ glory ′ may come ′ in.
8 ‘Who is the ′ king of ′ glory?’:
‘It is the Lord strong and mighty,
the ′ Lord · who is ′ mighty · in ′ battle.’
9 Lift up your heads you gates,
lift yourselves up, you ever′lasting ′ doors:
that the king of ′ glory ′ may come ′ in.
10 ‘Who is the ′ king of ′ glory?’:
‘It is the Lord, the Lord of hosts who ′‿
is the ′ king of ′ glory.’

25

1 To you Lord I lift up my soul,
my God I have put my ′ trust in ′ you:
let me not be disappointed,
nor let my ′ ene·mies ′ triumph ′ over me.
2 For all those who hope in you shall ′ not be · a′shamed:
but only those who ′ wanton·ly ′ break ′ faith.
3 Make known to me your ′ ways O ′ Lord:
and ′ teach me ′ your ′ paths.
4 Lead me in the way of your ′ truth and ′ teach me:
you are God my saviour,
for you have I waited ′ all the ′ day ′ long.
5 Call to remembrance O Lord your ′ tender ′ care:
and the unfailing love‿
which you have ′ shown ′ from of ′ old.
6 Do not remember the sins and offences ′ of my ′ youth:
but according to your mercy,
remember me ′ Lord ′ in your ′ goodness.
7 You O Lord are ′ upright · and ′ good:
therefore you show the path to ′ those who ′ go a′stray.
8 You guide the humble to do ′ what is ′ right:
and those who are ′ gentle · you ′ teach your ′ way.
9 All your ways are ′ loving and ′ sure:
to those who keep your ′‿
covenant· and ′ your com′mandments.
10 For your name′s ′ sake O ′ Lord:
pardon my guilt,′ which in′deed is ′ great.
11 If there are any who ′ fear the ′ Lord:
to them the Lord will ′‿
show the ′ path · they should ′ choose.
12 They themselves shall ′ dwell · in pros′perity:
and their ′ children · shall in′herit · the ′ land.
13 Your friendship O Lord is for ′ those who ′ honour you:
and to ′ them · you re′veal your ′ covenant.
14 My eyes are always on ′ you O ′ Lord:
for you will re′lease my ′ feet · from the ′ net.
15 Turn to me Lord ′ and have ′ mercy:
for I am ′ lonely ′ and op′pressed.
16 Relieve the ′ sorrows · of my ′ heart:
and bring me ′ out of ′ my dis′tress.
17 Look at my affliction ′ and my ′ trouble:
and for′give me ′ all my ′ sins.
18 See how many ′ are my ′ enemies:
how violent ′ is their ′ hatred ′ for me.
19 Preserve my life ′ and de′liver me:
let me not be disappointed,
for I have ′ put my ′ trust in ′ you.
20 Let integrity and righteous ′ dealing · pre′serve me:
let me not be disappointed,
for I have ′ put my ′ trust in ′ you.
21† Redeem your ′ people · O ′ God:
and bring them ′ out of ′ all their · dis′tress.

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