Childlike Repose in the LORD
131 1 Jehovah, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in great matters, and in things too wonderful for me. 2 Surely I have restrained and composed my soul, like a weaned child with its mother: my soul within me is as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in Jehovah, from henceforth and for evermore.
Thanksgiving for the LORD's Favor
138 1 I will give thee thanks with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing psalms of thee. 2 I will bow down toward the temple of thy holiness, and celebrate thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth; for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 3 In the day when I called thou answeredst me; thou didst encourage me with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall celebrate thee, Jehovah, when they have heard the words of thy mouth; 5 And they shall sing in the ways of Jehovah, for great is the glory of Jehovah.
6 For Jehovah is high; but he looketh upon the lowly, and the proud he knoweth afar off. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou wilt stretch forth thy hand against the anger of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8 Jehovah will perfect what concerneth me: thy loving-kindness, O Jehovah, [endureth] for ever; forsake not the works of thine own hands.
God's Omnipresence and Omniscience
139 1 Jehovah, thou hast searched me, and known [me]. 2 Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off; 3 Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways; 4 For there is not yet a word on my tongue, [but] lo, O Jehovah, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thy hand upon me. 6 O knowledge too wonderful for me! it is high, I cannot [attain] unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? and whither flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there; or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou [art there]; 9 [If] I take the wings of the dawn [and] dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 And if I say, Surely darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night; 12 Even darkness hideth not from thee, and the night shineth as the day: the darkness is as the light. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins; thou didst cover me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee, for I am fearfully, wonderfully made. Marvellous are thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well. 15 My bones were not hidden from thee when I was made in secret, curiously wrought in the lower parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my unformed substance, and in thy book all [my members] were written; [during many] days were they fashioned, when [as yet] there was none of them.
17 But how precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 [If] I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I awake, I am still with thee. 19 Oh that thou wouldest slay the wicked, O +God! And ye men of blood, depart from me. 20 For they speak of thee wickedly, they take [thy name] in vain, thine enemies. 21 Do not I hate them, O Jehovah, that hate thee? and do not I loathe them that rise up against thee? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I account them mine enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; prove me, and know my thoughts; 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.
A Prayer for Deliverance and Guidance
143 1 Jehovah, hear my prayer; give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, in thy righteousness. 2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy sight no man living shall be justified. 3 For the enemy persecuteth my soul: he hath crushed my life down to the earth; he hath made me to dwell in dark places, as those that have been long dead. 4 And my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate. 5 I remember the days of old: I meditate on all thy doing; I muse on the work of thy hands. 6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul, as a parched land, [thirsteth] after thee. Selah.
7 Answer me speedily, O Jehovah; my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, or I shall be like unto them that go down into the pit. 8 Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning, for in thee do I confide; make me to know the way wherein I should walk, for unto thee do I lift up my soul. 9 Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies: unto thee do I flee for refuge. 10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: let thy good Spirit lead me in a plain country. 11 Revive me, O Jehovah, for thy name's sake; in thy righteousness bring my soul out of trouble; 12 And in thy loving-kindness cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that oppress my soul: for I am thy servant.
A Prayer for Rescue and Prosperity
144 1 Blessed be Jehovah my rock, who teacheth my hands to war, my fingers to fight; 2 My mercy and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I trust, who subdueth my people under me! 3 Jehovah, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him, the son of man, that thou takest thought of him? 4 Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away. 5 Jehovah, bow thy heavens, and come down; touch the mountains, that they smoke; 6 Cast forth lightnings, and scatter them; send forth thine arrows, and discomfit them: 7 Stretch out thy hands from above; rescue me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of aliens, 8 Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 O God, I will sing a new song unto thee; with the ten-stringed lute will I sing psalms unto thee: 10 Who givest salvation unto kings; who rescuest David thy servant from the hurtful sword. 11 Rescue me, and deliver me from the hand of aliens, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; our daughters as corner-columns, sculptured after the fashion of a palace: 13 Our granaries full, affording all manner of store; our sheep bringing forth thousands, ten thousands in our pastures; 14 Our kine laden [with young]; no breaking in and no going forth, and no outcry in our streets. 15 Blessed the people that is in such a case! Blessed the people whose God is Jehovah!
Praise for the LORD's Goodness and Power
145 1 I will extol thee, my God, O King, and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. 2 Every day will I bless thee, and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. 3 Great is Jehovah, and exceedingly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall laud thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 5 I will speak of the glorious splendour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. 6 And they shall tell of the might of thy terrible acts; and thy great deeds will I declare. 7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 8 Jehovah is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great loving-kindness. 9 Jehovah is good to all; and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10 All thy works shall praise thee, Jehovah, and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall tell of the glory of thy kingdom, and speak of thy power; 12 To make known to the children of men his mighty acts, and the glorious splendour of his kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is a kingdom of all ages, and thy dominion is throughout all generations. 14 Jehovah upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all that are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their food in its season. 16 Thou openest thy hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. 17 Jehovah is righteous in all his ways, and kind in all his works. 18 Jehovah is nigh unto all that call upon him, unto all that call upon him in truth. 19 He fulfilleth the desire of them that fear him; he heareth their cry, and saveth them. 20 Jehovah keepeth all that love him, and all the wicked will he destroy. 21 My mouth shall speak the praise of Jehovah; and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.