A Prayer for Guidance, Pardon and Protection

251 To You, O Lord , I lift up my soul . 2 O my God , in You I trust , Do not let me be ashamed ; Do not let my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed , none e of those who wait for You will be ashamed ; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed . 4 Make me 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 the day . 6 Remember , O Lord , Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses , For they have been from of old . 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions ; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness' sake , O Lord .

8 Good and upright is the Lord ; Therefore e He instructs sinners in the way . 9 He leads the humble in justice , And He teaches the humble His way . 10 All the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies . 11 For Your name's sake , O Lord , Pardon my iniquity , for it is great . 12 Who is the man who fears the Lord ? He will instruct him in the way he should choose . 13 His soul will abide in prosperity , And his descendants will inherit the land . 14 The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant .

15 My eyes are continually 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 The troubles of my heart are enlarged ; Bring me out of my distresses . 18 Look upon my affliction and my trouble , And forgive all my sins . 19 Look upon my enemies , for they are many , And they hate me with violent hatred . 20 Guard my soul and deliver me; Do not let me be ashamed , for I take refuge in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You. 22 Redeem Israel , O God , Out of all his troubles .

The Voice of the LORD in the Storm

291 Ascribe to the Lord , O sons of the mighty , Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength . 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name ; Worship the Lord in holy array . 3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters ; The God of glory thunders , The Lord is over many waters . 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful , The voice of the Lord is majestic . 5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars ; Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon . 6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf , And Sirion like a young wild ox . 7 The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire . 8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness ; The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh . 9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare ; And in His temple everything says , "Glory !" 10 The Lord sat as King at the flood ; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever . 11 The Lord will give strength to His people ; The Lord will bless His people with peace .

Praise to the Creator and Preserver

331 Sing for joy in the Lord , O you righteous ones ; Praise is becoming to the upright . 2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre ; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings . 3 Sing to Him a new song ; Play skillfully with a shout of joy . 4 For the word of the Lord is upright , And all His work is done in faithfulness . 5 He loves righteousness and justice ; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord . 6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made , And by the breath of His mouth all their host . 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap ; He lays up the deeps in storehouses . 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord ; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. 9 For He spoke , and it was done ; He commanded , and it stood fast. 10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations ; He frustrates the plans of the peoples . 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever , The plans of His heart from generation to generation .

12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord , The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance . 13 The Lord looks from heaven ; He sees all the sons of men ; 14 From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth , 15 He who fashions the hearts of them all , He who understands all their works . 16 The king is not saved by a mighty army ; A warrior is not delivered by great strength . 17 A horse is a false hope for victory ; Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength . 18 Behold , the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness , 19 To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine . 20 Our soul waits for the Lord ; He is our help and our shield . 21 For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name . 22 Let Your lovingkindness , O Lord , be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.

The Steadfast Love of God

361 Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart ; There is no fear of God before his eyes . 2 For it flatters him in his own eyes Concerning the discovery of his iniquity and the hatred of it. 3 The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit ; He has ceased to be wise and to do good . 4 He plans wickedness upon his bed ; He sets himself on a path that is not good ; He does not despise evil .

5 Your lovingkindness , O Lord , extends to the heavens , Your faithfulness reaches to the skies . 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God ; Your judgments are like a great deep . O Lord , You preserve man and beast . 7 How precious is Your lovingkindness , O God ! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings . 8 They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house ; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights . 9 For with You is the fountain of life ; In Your light we see light . 10 O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart . 11 Let not the foot of pride come upon me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away . 12 There the doers of iniquity have fallen ; They have been thrust down and cannot e rise .

Hope in the LORD

391 I said , "I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue ; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence ." 2 I was mute and silent , I refrained even from good , And my sorrow grew worse . 3 My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned ; Then I spoke with my tongue : 4 "Lord , make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days ; Let me know how transient I am. 5 "Behold , You have made my days as handbreadths , And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight ; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath . Selah . 6 "Surely every man walks about as a phantom ; Surely they make an uproar for nothing ; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

7 "And now , Lord , for what do I wait ? My hope is in You. 8 " Deliver me from all my transgressions ; Make me not the reproach of the foolish . 9 "I have become mute , I do not open my mouth , Because it is You who have done it. 10 " Remove Your plague from me; Because of the opposition of Your hand I am perishing . 11 "With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity ; You consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath . Selah . 12 " Hear my prayer , O Lord , and give ear to my cry ; Do not be silent at my tears ; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers . 13 " Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more ."