A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection
25 1 To you, O Lord, my soul is lifted up. 2 O my God, I have put my faith in you, let me not be shamed; let not my haters be glorying over me. 3 Let no servant of yours be put to shame; may those be shamed who are false without cause. 4 Make your steps clear to me, O Lord; give me knowledge of your ways. 5 Be my guide and teacher in the true way; for you are the God of my salvation; I am waiting for your word all the day. 6 O Lord, keep in mind your pity and your mercies; for they have been from the earliest times. 7 Do not keep in mind my sins when I was young, or my wrongdoing: let your memory of me be full of mercy, O Lord, because of your righteousness.
8 Good and upright is the Lord: so he will be the teacher of sinners in the way. 9 He will be an upright guide to the poor in spirit: he will make his way clear to them. 10 All the ways of the Lord are mercy and good faith for those who keep his agreement and his witness. 11 Because of your name, O Lord, let me have forgiveness for my sin, which is very great. 12 If a man has the fear of the Lord, the Lord will be his teacher in the way of his pleasure. 13 His soul will be full of good things, and his seed will have the earth for its heritage. 14 The secret of the Lord is with those in whose hearts is the fear of him; he will make his agreement clear to them.
15 My eyes are turned to the Lord at all times; for he will take my feet out of the net. 16 Be turned to me, and have mercy on me; for I am troubled and have no helper. 17 The troubles of my heart are increased: O take me out of my sorrows. 18 Give thought to my grief and my pain; and take away all my sins. 19 See how those who are against me are increased, for bitter is their hate of me. 20 O keep my soul, and take me out of danger: let me not be shamed, for I have put my faith in you. 21 For my clean and upright ways keep me safe, because my hope is in you. 22 Give Israel salvation, O God, out of all his troubles.
The Voice of the LORD in the Storm
29 1 Give to the Lord, you sons of the gods, give to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Give to the Lord the full glory of his name; give him worship in holy robes. 3 The voice of the Lord is on the waters: the God of glory is thundering, the Lord is on the great waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is full of power; the voice of the Lord has a noble sound. 5 By the voice of the Lord are the cedar-trees broken, even the cedars of Lebanon are broken by the Lord. 6 He makes them go jumping about like a young ox; Lebanon and Sirion like a young mountain ox. 7 At the voice of the Lord flames of fire are seen. 8 At the voice of the Lord there is a shaking in the waste land, even a shaking in the waste land of Kadesh. 9 At the voice of the Lord the roes give birth, the leaves are taken from the trees: in his Temple everything says, Glory. 10 The Lord had his seat as king when the waters came on the earth; the Lord is seated as king for ever. 11 The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will give his people the blessing of peace.
Praise to the Creator and Preserver
33 1 Be glad in the Lord, O doers of righteousness; for praise is beautiful for the upright. 2 Give praise to the Lord on the corded instrument; make melody to him with instruments of music. 3 Make a new song to him; playing expertly with a loud noise. 4 For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his works are certain. 5 His delight is in righteousness and wisdom; the earth is full of the mercy of the Lord. 6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the army of heaven by the breath of his mouth. 7 He makes the waters of the sea come together in a mass; he keeps the deep seas in store-houses. 8 Let the earth be full of the fear of the Lord; let all the people of the world be in holy fear of him. 9 For he gave the word, and it was done; by his order it was fixed for ever. 10 The Lord undoes the designs of the nations; he makes the thoughts of the peoples without effect. 11 The Lord's purpose is eternal, the designs of his heart go on through all the generations of man.
12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he has taken for his heritage. 13 The Lord is looking down from heaven; he sees all the sons of men; 14 From his house he keeps watch on all who are living on the earth; 15 He makes all their hearts; their works are clear to him. 16 A king's salvation is not in the power of his army; a strong man does not get free by his great strength. 17 A horse is a false hope; his great power will not make any man free from danger. 18 See, the eye of the Lord is on those in whose hearts is the fear of him, on those whose hope is in his mercy; 19 To keep their souls from death; and to keep them living in time of need. 20 Our souls are waiting for the Lord; he is our help and our salvation. 21 For in him our hearts have joy; in his holy name is our hope. 22 Let your mercy be on us, O Lord, as we are waiting for you.
The Steadfast Love of God
36 1 The sin of the evil-doer says in his heart, There is no fear of the Lord before his eyes. 2 For he takes comfort in the thought that his sin will not be uncovered and hated. 3 In the words of his mouth are evil and deceit; he has given up being wise and doing good. 4 He gives thought to evil on his bed; he takes a way which is not good; he is not a hater of evil.
5 Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and your strong purpose is as high as the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judging is like the great deep; O Lord, you give life to man and beast. 7 How good is your loving mercy, O God! the children of men take cover under the shade of your wings. 8 The delights of your house will be showered on them; you will give them drink from the river of your pleasures. 9 For with you is the fountain of life: in your light we will see light. 10 O let there be no end to your loving mercy to those who have knowledge of you, or of your righteousness to the upright in heart. 11 Let not the foot of pride come against me, or the hand of the evil-doers put me out of my place. 12 There the workers of evil have come down: they have been made low, and will not be lifted up.
Hope in the LORD
39 1 I said, I will give attention to my ways, so that my tongue may do no wrong; I will keep my mouth under control, while the sinner is before me. 2 I made no sound, I said no word, even of good; and I was moved with sorrow. 3 My heart was burning in my breast; while I was deep in thought the fire was lighted; then I said with my tongue, 4 Lord, give me knowledge of my end, and of the measure of my days, so that I may see how feeble I am. 5 You have made my days no longer than a hand's measure; and my years are nothing in your eyes; truly, every man is but a breath. (Selah.) 6 Truly, every man goes on his way like an image; he is troubled for no purpose: he makes a great store of wealth, and has no knowledge of who will get it.
7 And now, Lord, what am I waiting for? my hope is in you. 8 Make me free from all my sins; do not let me be shamed by the man of evil behaviour. 9 I was quiet, and kept my mouth shut; because you had done it. 10 No longer let your hand be hard on me; I am wasted by the blows of your hand. 11 By the weight of your wrath against man's sin, the glory of his form is wasted away; truly every man is but a breath. (Selah.) 12 Let my prayer come to your ears, O Lord, and give attention to my cry, make an answer to my weeping: for my time here is short before you, and in a little time I will be gone, like all my fathers. 13 Let your wrath be turned away from me, so that I may be comforted, before I go away from here, and become nothing.