Psalm 26; Psalm 27; Psalm 28; Psalm 29; Psalm 30; Psalm 31

1 Lord, defend me because I have lived an innocent life. I have trusted the Lord and never doubted. 2 Lord, try me and test me; look closely into my heart and mind. 3 I see your love, and I live by your truth. 4 I do not spend time with liars, nor do I make friends with those who hide their sin. 5 I hate the company of evil people, and I won't sit with the wicked. 6 I wash my hands to show I am innocent, and I come to your altar, Lord. 7 I raise my voice in praise and tell of all the miracles you have done. 8 Lord, I love the Temple where you live, where your glory is. 9 Do not kill me with those sinners or take my life with those murderers. 10 Evil is in their hands, and they do wrong for money. 11 But I have lived an innocent life, so save me and have mercy on me. 12 I stand in a safe place. Lord, I praise you in the great meeting. Of David.
1 The Lord is my light and the one who saves me. I fear no one. The Lord protects my life; I am afraid of no one. 2 Evil people may try to destroy my body. My enemies and those who hate me attack me, but they are overwhelmed and defeated. 3 If an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. If war breaks out, I will trust the Lord. 4 I ask only one thing from the Lord. This is what I want: all my life. and look with my own eyes at his Temple. 5 During danger he will keep me safe in his shelter. He will hide me in his Holy Tent, or he will keep me safe on a high mountain. 6 My head is higher than my enemies around me. I will offer joyful sacrifices in his Holy Tent. I will sing and praise the Lord. 7 Lord, hear me when I call; have mercy and answer me. 8 My heart said of you, "Go, worship him." So I come to worship you, Lord. 9 Do not turn away from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger; you have helped me. Do not push me away or leave me alone, God, my Savior. 10 If my father and mother leave me, the Lord will take me in. 11 Lord, teach me your ways, and guide me to do what is right because I have enemies. 12 Do not hand me over to my enemies, because they tell lies about me and say they will hurt me. 13 I truly believe I will live to see the Lord's goodness. 14 Wait for the Lord's help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord's help. Of David.
1 Lord, my Rock, I call out to you for help. Do not be deaf to me. If you are silent, I will be like those in the grave. 2 Hear the sound of my prayer, when I cry out to you for help. I raise my hands toward your Most Holy Place. 3 Don't drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil. They say "Peace" to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts. 4 Pay them back for what they have done, for their evil deeds. Pay them back for what they have done; give them their reward. 5 They don't understand what the Lord has done or what he has made. So he will knock them down and not lift them up. 6 Praise the Lord, because he heard my prayer for help. 7 The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him, and he helps me. I am very happy, and I praise him with my song. 8 The Lord is powerful; he gives victory to his chosen one. 9 Save your people and bless those who are your own. Be their shepherd and carry them forever. A psalm of David.
1 Praise the Lord, you angels; praise the Lord's glory and power. 2 Praise the Lord for the glory of his name; worship the Lord because he is holy. 3 The Lord's voice is heard over the sea. The glorious God thunders; the Lord thunders over the ocean. 4 The Lord's voice is powerful; the Lord's voice is majestic. 5 The Lord's voice breaks the trees; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He makes the land of Lebanon dance like a calf and Mount Hermon jump like a baby bull. 7 The Lord's voice makes the lightning flash. 8 The Lord's voice shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. 9 The Lord's voice shakes the oaks and strips the leaves off the trees. In his Temple everyone says, "Glory to God!" 10 The Lord controls the flood. The Lord will be King forever. 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. A psalm of David. A song for giving the Temple to the Lord.
1 I will praise you, Lord, because you rescued me. You did not let my enemies laugh at me. 2 Lord, my God, I prayed to you, and you healed me. 3 You lifted me out of the grave; you spared me from going down to the place of the dead. 4 Sing praises to the Lord, you who belong to him; praise his holy name. 5 His anger lasts only a moment, but his kindness lasts for a lifetime. Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning. 6 When I felt safe, I said, "I will never fear." 7 Lord, in your kindness you made my mountain safe. But when you turned away, I was frightened. 8 I called to you, Lord, and asked you to have mercy on me. 9 I said, "What good will it do if I die or if I go down to the grave? Dust cannot praise you; it cannot speak about your truth. 10 Lord, hear me and have mercy on me. Lord, help me." 11 You changed my sorrow into dancing. You took away my clothes of sadness, and clothed me in happiness. 12 I will sing to you and not be silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever. For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 Lord, I trust in you; let me never be disgraced. Save me because you do what is right. 2 Listen to me and save me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a strong city to save me. 3 You are my rock and my protection. For the good of your name, lead me and guide me. 4 Set me free from the trap they set for me, because you are my protection. 5 I give you my life. Save me, Lord, God of truth. 6 I hate those who worship false gods. I trust only in the Lord. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love, because you saw my suffering; you knew my troubles. 8 You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place. 9 Lord, have mercy, because I am in misery. My eyes are weak from so much crying, and my whole being is tired from grief. 10 My life is ending in sadness, and my years are spent in crying. My troubles are using up my strength, and my bones are getting weaker. 11 Because of all my troubles, my enemies hate me, and even my neighbors look down on me. When my friends see me, they are afraid and run. 12 I am like a piece of a broken pot. I am forgotten as if I were dead. 13 I have heard many insults. Terror is all around me. They make plans against me and want to kill me. 14 Lord, I trust you. I have said, "You are my God." 15 My life is in your hands. Save me from my enemies and from those who are chasing me. 16 Show your kindness to me, your servant. Save me because of your love. 17 Lord, I called to you, so do not let me be disgraced. Let the wicked be disgraced and lie silent in the grave. 18 With pride and hatred they speak against those who do right. So silence their lying lips. 19 How great is your goodness that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you have given to those who trust you. You do this for all to see. 20 You protect them by your presence from what people plan against them. You shelter them from evil words. 21 Praise the Lord. His love to me was wonderful when my city was attacked. 22 In my distress, I said, "God cannot see me!" But you heard my prayer when I cried out to you for help. 23 Love the Lord, all you who belong to him. The Lord protects those who truly believe, but he punishes the proud as much as they have sinned. 24 All you who put your hope in the Lord be strong and brave. A maskil of David.