Psalm 21-25 New Revised Standard Version

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Praise for Deliverance from the Enemy

21 1  In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord, and in your help how greatly he exults! 2  You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah 3  For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold on his head. 4  He asked you for life; you gave it to him- length of days forever and ever. 5  His glory is great through your help; splendor and majesty you bestow on him. 6  You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.

7  For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. 8  Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you. 9  You will make them like a fiery furnace when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them. 10  You will destroy their offspring from the earth, and their children from among humankind. 11  If they plan evil against you, if they devise mischief, they will not succeed. 12  For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows. 13  Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise

22 1  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? 2  O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest. 3  Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. 4  In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. 5  To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame. 6  But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people. 7  All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads; 8  "Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver- let him rescue the one in whom he delights!" 9  Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother's breast. 10  On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.

11  Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. 12  Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me; 13  they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion. 14  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast; 15  my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death. 16  For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shriveled; 17  I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; 18  they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots. 19  But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid! 20  Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog! 21  Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.

22  I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 23  You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! 24  For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him. 25  From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him. 26  The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever! 27  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. 28  For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. 29  To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him. 30  Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord, 31  and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

The LORD Is My Shepherd

23 1  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2  He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3  he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name's sake. 4  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff- they comfort me 5  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

The King of Glory

24 1  The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; 2  for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

3  Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4  Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. 5  They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. 6  Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

7  Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. 8  Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. 9  Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in. 10  Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah

A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection

25 1  To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2  O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. 3  Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 4  Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. 5  Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. 6  Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7  Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O Lord!

8  Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. 9  He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10  All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. 11  For your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. 12  Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach them the way that they should choose. 13  They will abide in prosperity, and their children shall possess the land. 14  The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.

15  My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. 16  Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17  Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress. 18  Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. 19  Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. 20  O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21  May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. 22  Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.

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