Category Archives: Psalms

Psalm 54

ps54.jpgGreetings!  David was running for his life from King Saul, yet still trusted in God for his deliverance.  Might that we would have the same faith in God when we encounter problems and attacks!

We can trust that God wins in the end and that his will always triumphs.  Most of the enemies we face are far less dangerous than those David encountered. 

Psalm 54

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

1 Save me, O God, by your name;

vindicate me by your might.

2 Hear my prayer, O God;

listen to the words of my mouth.

3 Strangers are attacking me;

ruthless men seek my life—

men without regard for God. Selah

4 Surely God is my help;

the Lord is the one who sustains me.

5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;

in your faithfulness destroy them.

6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;

I will praise your name, O Lord,

for it is good.

7 For he has delivered me from all my troubles,

and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

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[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 53

ps53.jpgGreetings!  I deal with atheists a lot on my other blog.  Sometimes the conversations are charitable, but mostly they are not.  Verse 1 says it all here.  One must work hard to deny the obvious fact of a creator God.  We all know that something doesn’t come from nothing. 

Romans 1:18-20 is an important passage that expands on this theme: The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

But should we be prideful about being believers?  Not at all.  God has opened our eyes to the truth of Jesus and drawn us to him.  We should be eternally grateful (literally and figuratively). 

There are no truly “good” people – other than Jesus, who was God in flesh.

 

Psalm 53

For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.

1 The fool says in his heart,

“There is no God.”

They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;

there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven

on the sons of men

to see if there are any who understand,

any who seek God.

3 Everyone has turned away,

they have together become corrupt;

there is no one who does good,

not even one.

4 Will the evildoers never learn—

those who devour my people as men eat bread

and who do not call on God?

5 There they were, overwhelmed with dread,

where there was nothing to dread.

God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;

you put them to shame, for God despised them.

6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

When God restores the fortunes of his people,

let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 52

ps52.jpgGreetings!  This Psalm relates to the treacher of Doeg in 1 Samuel 21-22.  This has the theme of, “Why do the wicked prosper?” God has perfect timing and will deliver perfect justice.  The wicked may prosper for a time from their evil deeds, but God wins in the end.  And those who trust in the Lord can have true peace and joy right now regardless of the circumstances, whereas the evil can’t truly enjoy their gains.

Psalm 52

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelech.”

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man?

Why do you boast all day long,

you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

2 Your tongue plots destruction;

it is like a sharpened razor,

you who practice deceit.

3 You love evil rather than good,

falsehood rather than speaking the truth. Selah

4 You love every harmful word,

O you deceitful tongue!

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:

He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;

he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah

6 The righteous will see and fear;

they will laugh at him, saying,

7 “Here now is the man

who did not make God his stronghold

but trusted in his great wealth

and grew strong by destroying others!”

8 But I am like an olive tree

flourishing in the house of God;

I trust in God’s unfailing love

for ever and ever.

9 I will praise you forever for what you have done;

in your name I will hope, for your name is good.

I will praise you in the presence of your saints.

[1][1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 51

ps51.jpgGreetings!  This is such a powerful Psalm, written by David after he sinned with Bathsheba and had her husband killed.  The prophet Nathan rebuked him (see 2 Samuel 12) and he repented.

We need more songs like this in church instead of the happy-clappy kind.  David is thoroughly honest in declaring his state before God.

This contains the hope and knowledge that God can and will forgive sins if we just ask him.  He loves to forgive.  He promises to forgive.  But we need to repent – that is, turn from our sins – and turn to him.  No matter what sins you have committed forgiveness is possible.  That is the Good News.

Psalm 51

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your unfailing love;

according to your great compassion

blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash away all my iniquity

and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,

and my sin is always before me.

4 Against you, you only, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight,

so that you are proved right when you speak

and justified when you judge.

David realized that his sin was against God.  We often rationalize that our sins are harmless or only hurt people, but each one is a sin against God.  We have done what is evil in his sight.

5 Surely I was sinful at birth,

sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;

you teach me wisdom

in the inmost place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness;

let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins

and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

V. 10 is great to memorize.  We all need that at times.

11 Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

and sinners will turn back to you.

When we have truly repented we can help others avoid the sins we committed.

14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,

the God who saves me,

and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;

you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.

17 The sacrifices of God are a

broken spirit;

a broken and contrite heart,

O God, you will not despise.

18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;

build up the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices,

whole burnt offerings to delight you;

then bulls will be offered on your altar.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 50

ps50.jpgGreetings! 

God wanted authentic sacrifices that showed that the people took the problem of their sin seriously.  It was so serious that the life of an animal had to be sacrificed as an atonement.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, once and for all, so animal sacrifices were no longer required.  But we often ignore and overlook Jesus’ atonement for our sins just as the Israelites went through the motions of worship.  Look at all the preachers who focus on anything but the cross.

Our hypocrisy can deceive ourselves and it does great damage to the church.

Psalm 50

A psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God, the Lord,

speaks and summons the earth

from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.

2 From Zion, perfect in beauty,

God shines forth.

3 Our God comes and will not be silent;

a fire devours before him,

and around him a tempest rages.

4 He summons the heavens above,

and the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather to me my consecrated ones,

who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

6 And the heavens proclaim his righteousness,

for God himself is judge. Selah

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak,

O Israel, and I will testify against you:

I am God, your God.

8 I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices

or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me.

9 I have no need of a bull from your stall

or of goats from your pens,

10 for every animal of the forest is mine,

and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know every bird in the mountains,

and the creatures of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry I would not tell you,

for the world is mine, and all that is in it.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls

or drink the blood of goats?

14 Sacrifice thank offerings to God,

fulfill your vows to the Most High,

15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;

I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

16 But to the wicked, God says:

“What right have you to recite my laws

or take my covenant on your lips?

17 You hate my instruction

and cast my words behind you.

18 When you see a thief, you join with him;

you throw in your lot with adulterers.

19 You use your mouth for evil

and harness your tongue to deceit.

20 You speak continually against your brother

and slander your own mother’s son.

21 These things you have done and I kept silent;

you thought I was altogether like you.

But I will rebuke you

and accuse you to your face.

We should never confuse God’s patience with his approval.  As Galatians 6:7-8 says, Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

22 “Consider this, you who forget God,

or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue:

23 He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me,

and he prepares the way

so that I may show him the salvation of God.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

 

Psalm 49

ps49.jpgGreetings!  This is an instructive Psalm about the futility of living for worldly pleasures.  Everyone will die and face judgment (Hebrews 9:27) and it does no good to gain the whole world yet forfeit your soul (Mark 8:36).

The reference to ransom reminds us that while slaves could be ransomed by someone else the slave couldn’t ransom himself.  In the same way, we can’t ransom ourselves from the judgment of sin and death but Jesus ransoms us if we trust in him.  Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Psalm 49

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Hear this, all you peoples;

listen, all who live in this world,

2 both low and high,

rich and poor alike:

3 My mouth will speak words of wisdom;

the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

4 I will turn my ear to a proverb;

with the harp I will expound my riddle:

5 Why should I fear when evil days come,

when wicked deceivers surround me—

6 those who trust in their wealth

and boast of their great riches?

7 No man can redeem the life of another

or give to God a ransom for him—

8 the ransom for a life is costly,

no payment is ever enough—

9 that he should live on forever

and not see decay.

10 For all can see that wise men die;

the foolish and the senseless alike perish

and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their tombs will remain their houses forever,

their dwellings for endless generations,

though they had named lands

after themselves.

12 But man, despite his riches, does not endure;

he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,

and of their followers, who approve their sayings. Selah

14 Like sheep they are destined for the grave,

and death will feed on them.

The upright will rule over them in the morning;

their forms will decay in the grave,

far from their princely mansions.

15 But God will redeem my life from the grave;

he will surely take me to himself. Selah

Note the hope the Psalmist has!  It had seemed that we just return to dust forever, but God can redeem our lives eternally.

16 Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,

when the splendor of his house increases;

17 for he will take nothing with him when he dies,

his splendor will not descend with him.

18 Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—

and men praise you when you prosper—

19 he will join the generation of his fathers,

who will never see the light of life.

20 A man who has riches without understanding

is like the beasts that perish.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 48

ps48.jpgGreetings!  This is another great Psalm of praise.   I like how it closes with a promise with an eternal perspective – that God will always be our God and our guide. 

This appears to be referring to the “New Jerusalem,” since the current one was destroyed a couple times since this was written. 

Psalm 48

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah.

1 Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,

in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

2 It is beautiful in its loftiness,

the joy of the whole earth.

Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion,

the city of the Great King.

3 God is in her citadels;

he has shown himself to be her fortress.

4 When the kings joined forces,

when they advanced together,

5 they saw her and were astounded;

they fled in terror.

6 Trembling seized them there,

pain like that of a woman in labor.

7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish

shattered by an east wind.

8 As we have heard,

so have we seen

in the city of the Lord Almighty,

in the city of our God:

God makes her secure forever. Selah

9 Within your temple, O God,

we meditate on your unfailing love.

10 Like your name, O God,

your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;

your right hand is filled with righteousness.

11 Mount Zion rejoices,

the villages of Judah are glad

because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, go around her,

count her towers,

13 consider well her ramparts,

view her citadels,

that you may tell of them to the next generation.

14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;

he will be our guide even to the end.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 47

ps47.jpgGreetings!  This is a beautiful Psalm full of passionate praise for God.  I think I’ll read this before church sometimes to help get my mind focused on properly worshiping him.  I am very self conscious and don’t like to sing, but I am going to try and focus more on him instead.

Psalm 47

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 Clap your hands, all you nations;

shout to God with cries of joy.

2 How awesome is the Lord Most High,

the great King over all the earth!

3 He subdued nations under us,

peoples under our feet.

4 He chose our inheritance for us,

the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. Selah

5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy,

the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;

sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the King of all the earth;

sing to him a psalm of praise.

8 God reigns over the nations;

God is seated on his holy throne.

9 The nobles of the nations assemble

as the people of the God of Abraham,

for the kings of the earth belong to God;

he is greatly exalted.

[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Christians are also people of the God of Abraham.  Abraham had faith in God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.  We have faith in Jesus and because of that our sins are transferred to his account and his perfect righteousness is transferred to our account.  That is another reason to give him our thanks and praise!

Psalm 46

ps46.jpgGreetings!  This Psalm has some famous verses in it that you may want to commit to memory if you haven’t already. 

Psalm 46

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

1 God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah

I love those verses.  When I focus on all God is and all He has done, I realize there is nothing to fear.  But the worries of the world consistently chip away at that, so I need to remind myself of this often.  God will give us strength and He has given us refuge – a place to stay and even hide if we need to. 

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come and see the works of the Lord,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,

he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Yes, be still and know that He is God!  I need to do more of that – just being still and reflecting on him and his goodness.  When you are done reading this, please be still for a time and think about God and his message.  He is with believers and can mold and strengthen us to his image.

Psalm 45

ps45.jpgGreetings!  This is a Psalm for a king about to be married.  It seems to portray the ideals of a king, or to be pointing towards traits of Jesus, the King of the universe.

Psalm 45

For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.

1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme

as I recite my verses for the king;

my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

2 You are the most excellent of men

and your lips have been anointed with grace,

since God has blessed you forever.

3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;

clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously

in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;

let your right hand display awesome deeds.

5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;

let the nations fall beneath your feet.

6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointing you with the oil of joy.

8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;

from palaces adorned with ivory

the music of the strings makes you glad.

9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;

at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:

Forget your people and your father’s house.

11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;

honor him, for he is your lord.

12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift,

men of wealth will seek your favor.

13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;

her gown is interwoven with gold.

14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;

her virgin companions follow her

and are brought to you.

15 They are led in with joy and gladness;

they enter the palace of the king.

16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;

you will make them princes throughout the land.

17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;

therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 44

ps44.jpgGreetings!  This is a unique Psalm in that the people are crying out under oppression but don’t know why.  Often they would face the consequences of breaking their covenant with God.

They remind themselves of past victories where God led them.  They declare their faith even though they don’t understand the situation, as Job did (Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.).

Sometimes we suffer as logical consequences for things we have done (e.g., smoking causes health problems), or in receiving a due punishment.  Sometimes it is the results of a fallen world (weather related problems).  And other times it is due to the sin of others.  Do you turn to God in all of these situations and remember what He has done for us in the past?

Psalm 44

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.

1 We have heard with our ears, O God;

our fathers have told us

what you did in their days,

in days long ago.

2 With your hand you drove out the nations

and planted our fathers;

you crushed the peoples

and made our fathers flourish.

3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,

nor did their arm bring them victory;

it was your right hand, your arm,

and the light of your face, for you loved them.

4 You are my King and my God,

who decrees victories for Jacob.

5 Through you we push back our enemies;

through your name we trample our foes.

6 I do not trust in my bow,

my sword does not bring me victory;

7 but you give us victory over our enemies,

you put our adversaries to shame.

8 In God we make our boast all day long,

and we will praise your name forever. Selah

9 But now you have rejected and humbled us;

you no longer go out with our armies.

10 You made us retreat before the enemy,

and our adversaries have plundered us.

11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep

and have scattered us among the nations.

12 You sold your people for a pittance,

gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,

the scorn and derision of those around us.

14 You have made us a byword among the nations;

the peoples shake their heads at us.

15 My disgrace is before me all day long,

and my face is covered with shame

16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,

because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this happened to us,

though we had not forgotten you

or been false to your covenant.

18 Our hearts had not turned back;

our feet had not strayed from your path.

19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals

and covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God

or spread out our hands to a foreign god,

21 would not God have discovered it,

since he knows the secrets of the heart?

22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep?

Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.

24 Why do you hide your face

and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;

our bodies cling to the ground.

26 Rise up and help us;

redeem us because of your unfailing love.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 43

ps43.jpgGreetings!  The author thought he was being unfairly treated and asked God to intervene – yet he feels rejected by God. 

How often do you think of God as a joy and a delight (v. 4)?  He praises God despite his troubles and tells himself not to be downcast.  Sometimes just reminding ourselves of who God is and what He has done puts things back in perspective. 

Psalm 43

1 Vindicate me, O God,

and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;

rescue me from deceitful and wicked men.

2 You are God my stronghold.

Why have you rejected me?

Why must I go about mourning,

oppressed by the enemy?

3 Send forth your light and your truth,

let them guide me;

let them bring me to your holy mountain,

to the place where you dwell.

4 Then will I go to the altar of God,

to God, my joy and my delight.

I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 42

ps42.jpgGreetings!

BOOK II

Psalms 42-72

For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

I have always liked the song As the Deer, which is based on v. 1-2.  Picture a deer thirsting for water and think about your soul desiring God like that.  The author doesn’t sense God close by but he yearns for him.

3 My tears have been my food

day and night,

while men say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember

as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go with the multitude,

leading the procession to the house of God,

with shouts of joy and thanksgiving

among the festive throng.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and 6 my God.

My soul is downcast within me;

therefore I will remember you

from the land of the Jordan,

the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep

in the roar of your waterfalls;

all your waves and breakers

have swept over me.

8 By day the Lord directs his love,

at night his song is with me—

a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about mourning,

oppressed by the enemy?”

10 My bones suffer mortal agony

as my foes taunt me,

saying to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Even though the author is downcast, he still hopes and trusts in God, and gives him praise.  May we do the same!  This is often the cure for our temporary depressions – reading God’s word, remembering who He is and what He has done, and reminding ourselves that Jesus paid our debts on the cross. 

Psalm 41

ps41.jpgGreetings!

God loves mercy and protection for the weak. 

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;

the Lord delivers him in times of trouble.

2 The Lord will protect him and preserve his life;

he will bless him in the land

and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed

and restore him from his bed of illness.

4 I said, “O Lord, have mercy on me;

heal me, for I have sinned against you.”

We could pray verse 4 every day. 

5 My enemies say of me in malice,

“When will he die and his name perish?”

6 Whenever one comes to see me,

he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;

then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;

they imagine the worst for me, saying,

8 “A vile disease has beset him;

he will never get up from the place where he lies.”

9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,

he who shared my bread,

has lifted up his heel against me.

Have you ever had someone close to you betray you?  David was betrayed by Ahithophel (2 Samuel chapters 16-17), and Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot.  Jesus quoted v. 9 in John 13:18.

10 But you, O Lord, have mercy on me;

raise me up, that I may repay them.

11 I know that you are pleased with me,

for my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 In my integrity you uphold me

and set me in your presence forever.

13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting.

Amen and Amen.

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[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Psalm 40

ps40.jpgGreetings!  Patience is one of the great challenges in life.  So often we sin and cause pain when doing things on our time instead of God’s.  For example, sex is a gift from God – at the right time and situation – but if we do it on our timing it can be disastrous.

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

he set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear

and put their trust in the Lord.

Verses 3-4 are part of a song that I really enjoy.  People may see our lives of worship and praise and also put their trust in the Lord.

4 Blessed is the man

who makes the Lord his trust,

who does not look to the proud,

to those who turn aside to false gods.

5 Many, O Lord my God,

are the wonders you have done.

The things you planned for us

no one can recount to you;

were I to speak and tell of them,

they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,

but my ears you have pierced;

burnt offerings and sin offerings

you did not require.

7 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—

it is written about me in the scroll.

8 I desire to do your will, O my God;

your law is within my heart.”

9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;

I do not seal my lips,

as you know, O Lord.

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;

I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.

I do not conceal your love and your truth

from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord;

may your love and your truth always protect me.

12 For troubles without number surround me;

my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.

They are more than the hairs of my head,

and my heart fails within me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to save me;

O Lord, come quickly to help me.

14 May all who seek to take my life

be put to shame and confusion;

may all who desire my ruin

be turned back in disgrace.

15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”

be appalled at their own shame.

16 But may all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you;

may those who love your salvation always say,

“The Lord be exalted!”

17 Yet I am poor and needy;

may the Lord think of me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

O my God, do not delay.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

V. 16 reminds me of how I love coming across fellow believers in the workplace in the world.