Psalms 86; Psalms 87; Psalms 88; Psalms 89

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Psalms 86

1 Lord, listen to me and answer me. I am poor and helpless.
2 Protect me, because I worship you. My God, save me, your servant who trusts in you.
3 Lord, have mercy on me, because I have called to you all day.
4 Give happiness to me, your servant, because I give my life to you, Lord.
5 Lord, you are kind and forgiving and have great love for those who call to you.
6 Lord, hear my prayer, and listen when I ask for mercy.
7 I call to you in times of trouble, because you will answer me.
8 Lord, there is no god like you and no works like yours.
9 Lord, all the nations you have made will come and worship you. They will honor you.
10 You are great and you do miracles. Only you are God.
11 Lord, teach me what you want me to do, and I will live by your truth. Teach me to respect you completely.
12 Lord, my God, I will praise you with all my heart, and I will honor your name forever.
13 You have great love for me. You have saved me from death.
14 God, proud men are attacking me; a gang of cruel men is trying to kill me. They do not respect you.
15 But Lord, you are a God who shows mercy and is kind. You don't become angry quickly. You have great love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy. Give me, your servant, strength. Save me, the son of your female servant.
17 Show me a sign of your goodness. When my enemies look, they will be ashamed. You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me. A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms 87

1 The Lord built Jerusalem on the holy mountain.
2 He loves its gates more than any other place in Israel.
3 City of God, wonderful things are said about you.Selah
4 God says, "I will put Egypt and Babylonia on the list of nations that know me. People from Philistia, Tyre, and Cush will be born there."
5 They will say about Jerusalem, "This one and that one were born there. God Most High will strengthen her."
6 The Lord will keep a list of the nations. He will note, "This person was born there."Selah
7 They will dance and sing, "All good things come from Jerusalem." A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms 88

1 Lord, you are the God who saves me. I cry out to you day and night.
2 Receive my prayer, and listen to my cry.
3 My life is full of troubles, and I am nearly dead.
4 They think I am on the way to my grave. I am like a man with no strength.
5 I have been left as dead, like a body lying in a grave whom you don't remember anymore, cut off from your care.
6 You have brought me close to death; I am almost in the dark place of the dead.
7 You have been very angry with me; all your waves crush me.Selah
8 You have taken my friends away from me and have made them hate me. I am trapped and cannot escape.
9 My eyes are weak from crying. Lord, I have prayed to you every day; I have lifted my hands in prayer to you.
10 Do you show your miracles for the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?Selah
11 Will your love be told in the grave? Will your loyalty be told in the place of death?
12 Will your miracles be known in the dark grave? Will your goodness be known in the land of forgetfulness?
13 But, Lord, I have called out to you for help; every morning I pray to you.
14 Lord, why do you reject me? Why do you hide from me?
15 I have been weak and dying since I was young. I suffer from your terrors, and I am helpless.
16 You have been angry with me, and your terrors have destroyed me.
17 They surround me daily like a flood; they are all around me.
18 You have taken away my loved ones and friends. Darkness is my only friend. A maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Psalms 89

1 I will always sing about the Lord's love; I will tell of his loyalty from now on.
2 I will say, "Your love continues forever; your loyalty goes on and on like the sky."
3 You said, "I made an agreement with the man of my choice; I made a promise to my servant David.
4 I told him, 'I will make your family continue forever. Your kingdom will go on and on.'"Selah
5 Lord, the heavens praise you for your miracles and for your loyalty in the meeting of your holy ones.
6 Who in heaven is equal to the Lord? None of the angels is like the Lord.
7 When the holy ones meet, it is God they fear. He is more frightening than all who surround him.
8 Lord God All-Powerful, who is like you? Lord, you are powerful and completely trustworthy.
9 You rule the mighty sea and calm the stormy waves.
10 You crushed the sea monster Rahab; by your power you scattered your enemies.
11 The skies and the earth belong to you. You made the world and everything in it.
12 You created the north and the south. your name.
13 Your arm has great power. Your hand is strong; your right hand is lifted up.
14 Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair. Love and truth are in all you do.
15 Happy are the people who know how to praise you. Lord, let them live in the light of your presence.
16 In your name they rejoice and continually praise your goodness.
17 You are their glorious strength, and in your kindness you honor our king.
18 Our king, our shield, belongs to the Lord, to the Holy One of Israel.
19 Once, in a vision, you spoke to those who worship you. You said, "I have given strength to a warrior; I have raised up a young man from my people.
20 I have found my servant David; I appointed him by pouring holy oil on him.
21 I will steady him with my hand and strengthen him with my arm.
22 No enemy will make him give forced payments, and wicked people will not defeat him.
23 I will crush his enemies in front of him; I will defeat those who hate him.
24 My loyalty and love will be with him. Through me he will be strong.
25 I will give him power over the sea and control over the rivers.
26 He will say to me, 'You are my father, my God, the Rock, my Savior.'
27 I will make him my firstborn son, the greatest king on earth.
28 My love will watch over him forever, and my agreement with him will never end.
29 I will make his family continue, and his kingdom will last as long as the skies.
30 "If his descendants reject my teachings and do not follow my laws,
31 if they ignore my demands and disobey my commands,
32 then I will punish their sins with a rod and their wrongs with a whip.
33 But I will not hold back my love from David, nor will I stop being loyal.
34 I will not break my agreement nor change what I have said.
35 I have promised by my holiness, I will not lie to David.
36 His family will go on forever. His kingdom will last before me like the sun.
37 It will continue forever, like the moon, like a dependable witness in the sky."Selah
38 But now you have refused and rejected your appointed king. You have been angry with him.
39 You have abandoned the agreement with your servant and thrown his crown to the ground.
40 You have torn down all his city walls; you have turned his strong cities into ruins.
41 Everyone who passes by steals from him. His neighbors insult him.
42 You have given strength to his enemies and have made them all happy.
43 You have made his sword useless; you did not help him stand in battle.
44 You have kept him from winning and have thrown his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut his life short and covered him with shame.Selah
46 Lord, how long will this go on? Will you ignore us forever? How long will your anger burn like a fire?
47 Remember how short my life is.
48 What person alive will not die? Who can escape the grave?Selah
49 Lord, where is your love from times past, which in your loyalty you promised to David?
50 Lord, remember how they insulted your servant; remember how I have suffered the insults of the nations.
51 Lord, remember how your enemies insulted you and how they insulted your appointed king wherever he went.
52 Praise the Lord forever! Amen and amen.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.