1Listen to my words, Lord; consider my sighing. 2Pay attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for I pray to You. 3At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly. 4For You are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot lodge with You. 5The boastful cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all evildoers. 6You destroy those who tell lies; the Lord abhors a man of bloodshed and treachery. 7But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You. 8Lord, lead me in Your righteousness, because of my adversaries; make Your way straight before me. 9For there is nothing reliable in what they say; destruction is within them; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongues. 10Punish them, God; let them fall by their own schemes. Drive them out because of their many crimes, for they rebel against You. 11But let all who take refuge in You rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May You shelter them, and may those who love Your name boast about You. 12For You, Lord, bless the righteous one; You surround him with favor like a shield.
1Lord, do not punish me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath. 2For Your arrows have sunk into me, and Your hand has pressed down on me. 3There is no soundness in my body because of Your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4For my sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear. 5My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness. 6I am bent over and brought low; all day long I go around in mourning. 7For my loins are full of burning pain, and there is no health in my body. 8I am faint and severely crushed; I groan because of the anguish of my heart. 9Lord, my every desire is known to You; my sighing is not hidden from You. 10My heart races, my strength leaves me, and even the light of my eyes has faded. 11My loved ones and friends stand back from my affliction, and my relatives stand at a distance. 12Those who seek my life set traps, and those who want to harm me threaten to destroy me; they plot treachery all day long. 13I am like a deaf person; I do not hear. I am like a speechless person who does not open his mouth. 14I am like a man who does not hear and has no arguments in his mouth. 15I put my hope in You, Lord; You will answer, Lord my God. 16For I said, "Don't let them rejoice over me- those who are arrogant toward me when I stumble." 17For I am about to fall, and my pain is constantly with me. 18So I confess my guilt; I am anxious because of my sin. 19But my enemies are vigorous and powerful; many hate me for no reason. 20Those who repay evil for good attack me for pursuing good. 21Lord, do not abandon me; my God, do not be far from me. 22Hurry to help me, Lord, my Savior.
1Happy is one who cares for the poor; the Lord will save him in a day of adversity. 2The Lord will keep him and preserve him; he will be blessed in the land. You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 3The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed; You will heal him on the bed where he lies. 4I said, "Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against You." 5My enemies speak maliciously about me: "When will he die and be forgotten?" 6When one [of them] comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks. 7All who hate me whisper together about me; they plan to harm me. 8"Lethal poison has been poured into him, and he won't rise again from where he lies!" 9Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. 10But You, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them. 11By this I know that You delight in me: my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. 12You supported me because of my integrity and set me in Your presence forever. 13May the Lord, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen. BOOK II (Psalms 42-72)
1As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. 2I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? 3My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long people say to me, "Where is your God?" 4I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts. 5Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God. 6I am deeply depressed; therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me. 8The Lord will send His faithful love by day; His song will be with me in the night- a prayer to the God of my life. 9I will say to God, my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy's oppression?" 10My adversaries taunt me, as if crushing my bones, while all day long they say to me, "Where is your God?" 11Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.