1I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry.2He lifted me out of the pit of destruction, out of the sticky mud. He stood me on a rock and made my feet steady.3He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many people will see this and worship him. Then they will trust the Lord.4Happy is the person who trusts the Lord, who doesn't turn to those who are proud or to those who worship false gods.5Lord my God, you have done many miracles. Your plans for us are many. If I tried to tell them all, there would be too many to count.6You do not want sacrifices and offerings. But you have made a hole in my ear to show that my body and life are yours. You do not ask for burnt offerings and sacrifices to take away sins.7Then I said, "Look, I have come. It is written about me in the book.8My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart."9I will tell about your goodness in the great meeting of your people. Lord, you know my lips are not silent.10I do not hide your goodness in my heart; I speak about your loyalty and salvation. I do not hide your love and truth from the people in the great meeting.11Lord, do not hold back your mercy from me; let your love and truth always protect me.12Troubles have surrounded me; there are too many to count. My sins have caught me so that I cannot see a way to escape. I have more sins than hairs on my head, and I have lost my courage.13Please, Lord, save me. Hurry, Lord, to help me.14People are trying to kill me. Shame them and disgrace them. People want to hurt me. Let them run away in disgrace.15People are making fun of me. Let them be shamed into silence.16But let those who follow you be happy and glad. They love you for saving them. May they always say, "Praise the Lord!"17Lord, because I am poor and helpless, please remember me. You are my helper and savior. My God, do not wait. For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1Happy is the person who thinks about the poor. When trouble comes, the Lord will save him.2The Lord will protect him and spare his life and will bless him in the land. He will not let his enemies take him.3The Lord will give him strength when he is sick, and he will make him well again.4I said, "Lord, have mercy on me. Heal me, because I have sinned against you."5My enemies are saying evil things about me. They say, "When will he die and be forgotten?"6Some people come to see me, but they lie. They just come to get bad news. Then they go and gossip.7All my enemies whisper about me and think the worst about me.8They say, "He has a terrible disease. He will never get out of bed again."9My best and truest friend, who ate at my table, has even turned against me.10Lord, have mercy on me. Give me strength so I can pay them back.11Because my enemies do not defeat me, I know you are pleased with me.12Because I am innocent, you support me and will let me be with you forever.13Praise the Lord, the God of Israel. He has always been, and he will always be. Amen and amen.
1As a deer thirsts for streams of water, so I thirst for you, God.2I thirst for the living God. When can I go to meet with him?3Day and night, my tears have been my food. People are always saying, "Where is your God?"4When I remember these things, I speak with a broken heart. I used to walk with the crowd and lead them to God's Temple with songs of praise.5Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? and keep praising him, my Savior and6my God. I am very sad. So I remember you where the Jordan River begins, near the peaks of Hermon and Mount Mizar.7Troubles have come again and again, sounding like waterfalls. Your waves are crashing all around me.8The Lord shows his true love every day. At night I have a song, and I pray to my living God.9I say to God, my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why am I sad and troubled by my enemies?"10My enemies' insults make me feel as if my bones were broken. They are always saying, "Where is your God?"11Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? and keep praising him, my Savior and my God.
1God, defend me. Argue my case against those who don't follow you. Save me from liars and those who do evil.2God, you are my strength. Why have you rejected me? Why am I sad and troubled by my enemies?3Send me your light and truth to guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to where you live.4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God who is my joy and happiness. I will praise you with a harp, God, my God.5Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? and keep praising him, my Savior and my God.
1God, we have heard about you. Our ancestors told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.2With your power you forced the nations out of the land and placed our ancestors here. You destroyed those other nations, but you made our ancestors grow strong.3It wasn't their swords that took the land. It wasn't their power that gave them victory. But it was your great power and strength. You were with them because you loved them.4My God, you are my King. Your commands led Jacob's people to victory.5With your help we pushed back our enemies. In your name we trampled those who came against us.6I don't trust my bow to help me, and my sword can't save me.7You saved us from our foes, and you made our enemies ashamed.8We will praise God every day; we will praise your name forever.Selah9But you have rejected us and shamed us. You don't march with our armies anymore.10You let our enemies push us back, and those who hate us have taken our wealth.11You gave us away like sheep to be eaten and have scattered us among the nations.12You sold your people for nothing and made no profit on the sale.13You made us a joke to our neighbors; those around us laugh and make fun of us.14You made us a joke to the other nations; people shake their heads.15I am always in disgrace, and I am covered with shame.16My enemy is getting even with insults and curses.17All these things have happened to us, but we have not forgotten you or failed to keep our agreement with you.18Our hearts haven't turned away from you, and we haven't stopped following you.19But you crushed us in this place where wild dogs live, and you covered us with deep darkness.20If we had forgotten our God or lifted our hands in prayer to foreign gods,21God would have known, because he knows what is in our hearts.22But for you we are in danger of death all the time. People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.23Wake up, Lord! Why are you sleeping? Get up! Don't reject us forever.24Why do you hide from us? Have you forgotten our pain and troubles?25We have been pushed down into the dirt; we are flat on the ground.26Get up and help us. Because of your love, save us.
1Beautiful words fill my mind. I am speaking of royal things. My tongue is like the pen of a skilled writer.2You are more handsome than anyone, and you are an excellent speaker, so God has blessed you forever.3Put on your sword, powerful warrior. Show your glory and majesty.4In your majesty win the victory for what is true and right. Your power will do amazing things.5Your sharp arrows will enter the hearts of the king's enemies. Nations will be defeated before you.6God, your throne will last forever and ever. You will rule your kingdom with fairness.7You love right and hate evil, so God has chosen you from among your friends; he has set you apart with much joy.8Your clothes smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia. From palaces of ivory music comes to make you happy.9Kings' daughters are among your honored women. Your bride stands at your right side wearing gold from Ophir.10Listen to me, daughter; look and pay attention. Forget your people and your father's family.11The king loves your beauty. Because he is your master, you should obey him.12People from the city of Tyre have brought a gift. Wealthy people will want to meet you.13The princess is very beautiful. Her gown is woven with gold.14In her beautiful clothes she is brought to the king. Her bridesmaids follow behind her, and they are also brought to him.15They come with happiness and joy; they enter the king's palace.16You will have sons to replace your fathers. You will make them rulers through all the land.17I will make your name famous from now on, so people will praise you forever and ever.