1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart. I will tell all the miracles you have done. 2 I will be happy because of you; God Most High, I will sing praises to your name. 3 My enemies turn back; they are overwhelmed and die because of you. 4 You have heard my complaint; you sat on your throne and judged by what was right. 5 You spoke strongly against the foreign nations and destroyed the wicked; you wiped out their names forever and ever. 6 The enemy is gone forever. You destroyed their cities; no one even remembers them. 7 But the Lord rules forever. He sits on his throne to judge, 8 and he will judge the world in fairness; he will decide what is fair for the nations. 9 The Lord defends those who suffer; he defends them in times of trouble. 10 Those who know the Lord trust him, because he will not leave those who come to him. 11 Sing praises to the Lord who is king on Mount Zion. Tell the nations what he has done. 12 He remembers who the murderers are; he will not forget the cries of those who suffer. 13 Lord, have mercy on me. See how my enemies hurt me. Do not let me go through the gates of death. 14 Then, at the gates of Jerusalem, I will praise you; I will rejoice because you saved me. 15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug. Their feet are caught in the nets they laid. 16 The Lord has made himself known by his fair decisions; the wicked get trapped by what they do. Higgaion. Selah 17 Wicked people will go to the grave, and so will all those who forget God. 18 But those who have troubles will not be forgotten. The hopes of the poor will never die. 19 Lord, rise up and judge the nations. Don't let people think they are strong. 20 Teach them to fear you, Lord. The nations must learn that they are only human.Selah
1 Lord, why are you so far away? Why do you hide when there is trouble? 2 Proudly the wicked chase down those who suffer. Let them be caught in their own traps. 3 They brag about the things they want. They bless the greedy but hate the Lord. 4 The wicked people are too proud. They do not look for God; there is no room for God in their thoughts. 5 They always succeed. They are far from keeping your laws; they make fun of their enemies. 6 They say to themselves, "Nothing bad will ever happen to me; I will never be ruined." 7 Their mouths are full of curses, lies, and threats; they use their tongues for sin and evil. 8 They hide near the villages. They look for innocent people to kill; they watch in secret for the helpless. 9 They wait in hiding like a lion. They wait to catch poor people; they catch the poor in nets. 10 The poor are thrown down and crushed; they are defeated because the others are stronger. 11 The wicked think, "God has forgotten us. He doesn't see what is happening." 12 Lord, rise up and punish the wicked. Don't forget those who need help. 13 Why do wicked people hate God? They say to themselves, "God won't punish us." 14 Lord, surely you see these cruel and evil things; look at them and do something. People in trouble look to you for help. You are the one who helps the orphans. 15 Break the power of wicked people. Punish them for the evil they have done. 16 The Lord is King forever and ever. Destroy from your land those nations that do not worship you. 17 Lord, you have heard what the poor people want. Do what they ask, and listen to them. 18 Protect the orphans and put an end to suffering so they will no longer be afraid of evil people. For the director of music. Of David.
1 I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, "Fly like a bird to your mountain. 2 Like hunters, the wicked string their bows; they set their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from dark places at those who are honest. 3 When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?" 4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord sits on his throne in heaven. He sees what people do; he keeps his eye on them. 5 The Lord tests those who do right, but he hates the wicked and those who love to hurt others. 6 He will send hot coals and burning sulfur on the wicked. A whirlwind is what they will get. 7 The Lord does what is right, and he loves justice, so honest people will see his face. For the director of music. Upon the sheminith. A psalm of David.
1 Save me, Lord, because the good people are all gone; no true believers are left on earth. 2 Everyone lies to his neighbors; they say one thing and mean another. 3 The Lord will stop those flattering lips and cut off those bragging tongues. 4 They say, "Our tongues will help us win. We can say what we wish; no one is our master." 5 But the Lord says, "I will now rise up, because the poor are being hurt. Because of the moans of the helpless, I will give them the help they want." 6 The Lord's words are pure, like silver purified by fire, like silver purified seven times over. 7 Lord, you will keep us safe; you will always protect us from such people. 8 But the wicked are all around us; everyone loves what is wrong. For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you hide from me? 2 How long must I worry and feel sad in my heart all day? How long will my enemy win over me? 3 Lord, look at me. Answer me, my God; tell me, or I will die. 4 Otherwise my enemy will say, "I have won!" Those against me will rejoice that I've been defeated. 5 I trust in your love. My heart is happy because you saved me. 6 I sing to the Lord because he has taken care of me. For the director of music. Of David.
1 Fools say to themselves, "There is no God." Fools are evil and do terrible things; there is no one who does anything good. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven on all people to see if anyone understood, if anyone was looking to God for help. 3 But all have turned away. Together, everyone has become evil. There is no one who does anything good, not even one. 4 Don't the wicked understand? They destroy my people as if they were eating bread. They do not ask the Lord for help. 5 But the wicked are filled with terror, because God is with those who do what is right. 6 The wicked upset the plans of the poor, but the Lord will protect them. 7 I pray that victory will come to Israel from Mount Zion! May the Lord bring them back. Then the people of Jacob will rejoice, and the people of Israel will be glad. A psalm of David.
1 Lord, who may enter your Holy Tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 Only those who are innocent and who do what is right. Such people speak the truth from their hearts 3 and do not tell lies about others. They do no wrong to their neighbors and do not gossip. 4 They do not respect hateful people but honor those who honor the Lord. They keep their promises to their neighbors, even when it hurts. 5 They do not charge interest on money they lend and do not take money to hurt innocent people. Whoever does all these things will never be destroyed. A miktam of David.
1 Protect me, God, because I trust in you. 2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord. Every good thing I have comes from you." 3 As for the godly people in the world, they are the wonderful ones I enjoy. 4 But those who turn to idols will have much pain. I will not offer blood to those idols or even speak their names. 5 No, the Lord is all I need. He takes care of me. 6 My share in life has been pleasant; my part has been beautiful. 7 I praise the Lord because he advises me. Even at night, I feel his leading. 8 I keep the Lord before me always. Because he is close by my side, I will not be hurt. 9 So I rejoice and am glad. Even my body has hope, 10 because you will not leave me in the grave. You will not let your holy one rot. 11 You will teach me how to live a holy life. Being with you will fill me with joy; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever. A prayer of David.