Childlike Repose in the LORD
131 1 Lord, there is no pride in my heart and my eyes are not lifted up; and I have not taken part in great undertakings, or in things over-hard for me. 2 See, I have made my soul calm and quiet, like a child on its mother's breast; my soul is like a child on its mother's breast. 3 O Israel, have hope in the Lord, from this time and for ever.
Thanksgiving for the LORD's Favor
138 1 I will give you praise with all my heart: I will make melody to you before the gods. 2 I will give worship before your holy Temple, praising your name for your mercy and for your unchanging faith: for you have made your word greater than all your name. 3 When my cry came to your ears you gave me an answer, and made me great with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth will give you praise, O Lord, when the words of your mouth come to their ears. 5 They will make songs about the ways of the Lord; for great is the glory of the Lord.
6 Though the Lord is high, he sees those who are low; and he has knowledge from far off of those who are lifted up. 7 Even when trouble is round me, you will give me life; your hand will be stretched out against the wrath of my haters, and your right hand will be my salvation. 8 The Lord will make all things complete for me: O Lord, your mercy is eternal; do not give up the works of your hands.
God's Omnipresence and Omniscience
139 1 O Lord, you have knowledge of me, searching out all my secrets. 2 You have knowledge when I am seated and when I get up, you see my thoughts from far away. 3 You keep watch over my steps and my sleep, and have knowledge of all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue which is not clear to you, O Lord. 5 I am shut in by you on every side, and you have put your hand on me. 6 Such knowledge is a wonder greater than my powers; it is so high that I may not come near it.
7 Where may I go from your spirit? how may I go in flight from you? 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there: or if I make my bed in the underworld, you are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and go to the farthest parts of the sea; 10 Even there will I be guided by your hand, and your right hand will keep me. 11 If I say, Only let me be covered by the dark, and the light about me be night; 12 Even the dark is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day: for dark and light are the same to you. 13 My flesh was made by you, and my parts joined together in my mother's body. 14 I will give you praise, for I am strangely and delicately formed; your works are great wonders, and of this my soul is fully conscious. 15 My frame was not unseen by you when I was made secretly, and strangely formed in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being.
17 How dear are your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the number of them! 18 If I made up their number, it would be more than the grains of sand; when I am awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you would put the sinners to death, O God; go far from me, you men of blood. 20 For they go against you with evil designs, and your haters make sport of your name. 21 Are not your haters hated by me, O Lord? are not those who are lifted up against you a cause of grief to me? 22 My hate for them is complete; my thoughts of them are as if they were making war on me. 23 O God, let the secrets of my heart be uncovered, and let my wandering thoughts be tested: 24 See if there is any way of sorrow in me, and be my guide in the eternal way.
A Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance
143 1 Let my prayer come to you, O Lord; give ear to my requests for your grace; keep faith with me, and give me an answer in your righteousness; 2 Let not your servant come before you to be judged; for no man living is upright in your eyes. 3 The evil man has gone after my soul; my life is crushed down to the earth: he has put me in the dark, like those who have long been dead. 4 Because of this my spirit is overcome; and my heart is full of fear. 5 I keep in mind the early days of the past, giving thought to all your acts, even to the work of your hands. 6 My hands are stretched out to you: my soul is turned to you, like a land in need of water. (Selah.)
7 Be quick in answering me, O Lord, for the strength of my spirit is gone: let me see your face, so that I may not be like those who go down into the underworld. 8 Let the story of your mercy come to me in the morning, for my hope is in you: give me knowledge of the way in which I am to go; for my soul is lifted up to you. 9 O Lord, take me out of the hands of my haters; my soul is waiting for you. 10 Give me teaching so that I may do your pleasure; for you are my God: let your good Spirit be my guide into the land of righteousness. 11 Give me life, O Lord, because of your name; in your righteousness take my soul out of trouble. 12 And in your mercy put an end to my haters, and send destruction on all those who are against my soul; for I am your servant.
A Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity
144 1 Praise be to the God of my strength, teaching my hands the use of the sword, and my fingers the art of fighting: 2 He is my strength, and my Rock; my high tower, and my saviour; my keeper and my hope: he gives me authority over my people. 3 Lord, what is man, that you keep him in mind? or the son of man that you take him into account? 4 Man is like a breath: his life is like a shade which is quickly gone. 5 Come down, O Lord, from your heavens: at your touch let the mountains give out smoke. 6 With your storm-flames send them in flight: send out your arrows for their destruction. 7 Put out your hand from on high; make me free, take me safely out of the great waters, and out of the hands of strange men; 8 In whose mouths are false words, and whose right hand is a right hand of deceit.
9 I will make a new song to you, O God; I will make melody to you on an instrument of ten cords. 10 It is God who gives salvation to kings; and who kept his servant David from the wounding sword. 11 Make me free, and take me out of the hands of strange men, in whose mouths are false words, and whose right hand is a right hand of deceit. 12 Our sons are like tall young plants; and our daughters like the shining stones of a king's house; 13 Our store-houses are full of all good things; and our sheep give birth to thousands and ten thousands in our fields. 14 Our oxen are well weighted down; our cows give birth safely; there is no going out, and there is no cry of sorrow in our open places. 15 Happy is the nation whose ways are so ordered: yes, happy is the nation whose God is the Lord.
Praise for the LORD's Goodness and Power
145 1 Let me give glory to you, O God, my King; and blessing to your name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I give you blessing, praising your name for ever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his power may never be searched out. 4 One generation after another will give praise to your great acts, and make clear the operation of your strength. 5 My thoughts will be of the honour and glory of your rule, and of the wonder of your works. 6 Men will be talking of the power and fear of your acts; I will give word of your glory. 7 Their sayings will be full of the memory of all your mercy, and they will make songs of your righteousness. 8 The Lord is full of grace and pity; not quickly angry, but great in mercy. 9 The Lord is good to all men; and his mercies are over all his works.
10 All the works of your hands give praise to you, O Lord; and your saints give you blessing. 11 Their words will be of the glory of your kingdom, and their talk of your strength; 12 So that the sons of men may have knowledge of his acts of power, and of the great glory of his kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an eternal kingdom, and your rule is through all generations. 14 The Lord is the support of all who are crushed, and the lifter up of all who are bent down. 15 The eyes of all men are waiting for you; and you give them their food in its time. 16 By the opening of your hand, every living thing has its desire in full measure. 17 The Lord is upright in all his ways, and kind in all his works. 18 The Lord is near all those who give honour to his name; even to all who give honour to him with true hearts. 19 To his worshippers, he will give their desire; their cry comes to his ears, and he gives them salvation. 20 The Lord will keep all his worshippers from danger; but he will send destruction on all sinners. 21 My mouth will give praise to the Lord; let all flesh be blessing his holy name for ever and ever.