1 Hear my plea for justice, O LORD. Pay attention to my cry. Open your ears to my prayer, [which comes] from lips free from deceit. 2 Let the verdict of my innocence come directly from you. Let your eyes observe what is fair. 3 You have probed my heart. You have confronted me at night. You have tested me like silver, but you found nothing wrong. I have determined that my mouth will not sin. 4 I have avoided cruelty because of your word. In spite of what others have done, 5 my steps have remained firmly in your paths. My feet have not slipped. 6 I have called on you because you answer me, O God. Turn your ear toward me. Hear what I have to say. 7 Reveal your miraculous deeds of mercy, O Savior of those who find refuge by your side from those who attack them. 8 Guard me as if I were the pupil in your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings. 9 Hide me from wicked people who violently attack me, from my deadly enemies who surround me. 10 They have shut out all feeling. Their mouths have spoken arrogantly. 11 They have tracked me down. They have surrounded me. They have focused their attention on throwing me to the ground. 12 Each one of them is like a lion eager to tear [its prey] apart and like a young lion crouching in hiding places. 13 Arise, O LORD; confront them! Bring them to their knees! With your sword rescue my life from wicked people. 14 With your power rescue me from mortals, O LORD, from mortals who enjoy their inheritance only in this life. You fill their bellies with your treasure. Their children are satisfied [with it], and they leave what remains to their children. 15 I will see your face when I am declared innocent. When I wake up, I will be satisfied [with seeing] you.
1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my Savior, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 The LORD should be praised. I called on him, and I was saved from my enemies. 4 The ropes of death had become tangled around me. The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me. 5 The ropes of the grave had surrounded me. The clutches of death had confronted me. 6 I called on the LORD in my distress. I cried to my God for help. He heard my voice from his temple, and my cry for help reached his ears. 7 Then the earth shook and quaked. Even the foundations of the mountains trembled. They shook violently because he was angry. 8 Smoke went up from his nostrils, and a raging fire came out of his mouth. Glowing coals flared up from it. 9 He spread apart the heavens and came down with a dark cloud under his feet. 10 He rode on one of the angels as he flew, and he soared on the wings of the wind. 11 He made the darkness his hiding place, the dark rain clouds his covering. 12 Out of the brightness in front of him, those rain clouds passed by with hailstones and lightning. 13 The LORD thundered in the heavens. The Most High made his voice heard with hailstones and lightning. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered them. He flashed streaks of lightning and threw them into confusion. 15 Then the ocean floor could be seen. The foundations of the earth were laid bare at your stern warning, O LORD, at the blast of the breath from your nostrils. 16 He reached down from high above and took hold of me. He pulled me out of the raging water. 17 He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, because they were too strong for me. 18 On the day when I faced disaster, they confronted me, but the LORD came to my defense. 19 He brought me out to a wide-open place. He rescued me because he was pleased with me. 20 The LORD rewarded me because of my righteousness, because my hands are clean. He paid me back 21 because I have kept the ways of the LORD and I have not wickedly turned away from my God, 22 because all his judgments are in front of me and I have not turned away from his laws. 23 I was innocent as far as he was concerned. I have kept myself from guilt. 24 The LORD paid me back because of my righteousness, because he can see that my hands are clean. 25 [In dealing] with faithful people you are faithful, with innocent people you are innocent, 26 with pure people you are pure. [In dealing] with devious people you are clever. 27 You save humble people, but you bring down a conceited look. 28 O LORD, you light my lamp. My God turns my darkness into light. 29 With you I can attack a line of soldiers. With my God I can break through barricades. 30 God's way is perfect! The promise of the LORD has proven to be true. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him. 31 Who is God but the LORD? Who is a rock except our God? 32 God arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 33 He makes my feet like those of a deer and gives me sure footing on high places. 34 He trains my hands for battle so that my arms can bend an [archer's] bow of bronze. 35 You have given me the shield of your salvation. Your right hand supports me. Your gentleness makes me great. 36 You make a wide path for me to walk on so that my feet do not slip. 37 I chased my enemies and caught up with them. I did not return until I had ended their lives. 38 I wounded them so badly that they were unable to get up. They fell under my feet. 39 You armed me with strength for battle. You made my opponents bow at my feet. 40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and I destroyed those who hated me. 41 They cried out for help, but there was no one to save them. They cried out to the LORD, but he did not answer them. 42 I beat them into a powder as fine as the dust blown by the wind. I threw them out as though they were dirt on the streets. 43 You rescued me from my conflicts with the people. You made me the leader of nations. A people I did not know will serve me: 44 As soon as they hear of me, they will obey me. Foreigners will cringe in front of me. 45 Foreigners will lose heart, and they will tremble when they come out of their fortifications. 46 The LORD lives! Thanks be to my rock! May God my Savior be honored. 47 God gives me vengeance! He brings people under my authority. 48 He saves me from my enemies. You lift me up above my opponents. You rescue me from violent people. 49 That is why I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the nations and make music to praise your name. 50 He gives great victories to his king. He shows mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his descendant forever.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky displays what his hands have made. 2 One day tells a story to the next. One night shares knowledge with the next 3 without talking, without words, without their voices being heard. 4 [Yet,] their sound has gone out into the entire world, their message to the ends of the earth. He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun, 5 which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom. Like a champion, it is eager to run its course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens. It circles around to the other. Nothing is hidden from its heat. 7 The teachings of the LORD are perfect. They renew the soul. The testimony of the LORD is dependable. It makes gullible people wise. 8 The instructions of the LORD are correct. They make the heart rejoice. The command of the LORD is radiant. It makes the eyes shine. 9 The fear of the LORD is pure. It endures forever. The decisions of the LORD are true. They are completely fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even the drippings from a honeycomb. 11 As your servant I am warned by them. There is a great reward in following them. 12 Who can notice every mistake? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep me from sinning. Do not let anyone gain control over me. Then I will be blameless, and I will be free from any great offense. 14 May the words from my mouth and the thoughts from my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my defender.
1 The LORD will answer you in times of trouble. The name of the God of Jacob will protect you. 2 He will send you help from his holy place and support you from Zion. 3 e will remember all your grain offerings and look with favor on your burnt offerings. Selah 4 He will give you your heart's desire and carry out all your plans. 5 We will joyfully sing about your victory. We will wave our flags in the name of our God. The LORD will fulfill all your requests. 6 Now I know that the LORD will give victory to his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty deeds of his powerful hand. 7 Some [rely] on chariots and others on horses, but we will boast in the name of the LORD our God. 8 They will sink to their knees and fall, but we will rise and stand firm. 9 Give victory to the king, O LORD. Answer us when we call.