Psalm 1; Psalm 2; Psalm 3; Psalm 4; Psalm 5; Psalm 6; Psalm 7; Psalm 8

1 Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn't follow the advice of evil people. He doesn't make a habit of doing what sinners do. He doesn't join those who make fun of the LORD and his law. 2 Instead, he takes delight in the law of the Lord. He thinks about his law day and night. 3 He is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don't dry up. Everything godly people do turns out well. 4 Sinful people are not like that at all. They are like straw that the wind blows away. 5 When the LORD judges them, their life will come to an end. Sinners won't have any place among those who are godly. 6 The LORD watches over the lives of those who are godly. But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death.
1 Why do the nations plan evil together? Why do they make useless plans? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord. The rulers of the earth gather together against his anointed king. 3 "Let us break free from their chains," they say. "Let us throw off their ropes." 4 The One who sits on his throne in heaven laughs. The Lord makes fun of those rulers and their plans. 5 When he is angry, he warns them. When his anger blazes out, he terrifies them. 6 He says to them, "I have placed my king on my holy mountain of Zion." 7 I will announce what the LORD has promised. He said to me, "You are my son. Today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will give the nations to you. All nations on earth will belong to you. 9 You will rule them with an iron rod. You will break them to pieces like clay pots." 10 Kings, be wise! Rulers of the earth, be warned! 11 Serve the LORD and have respect for him. Serve him with joy and trembling. 12 Obey the son completely, or he will be angry. Your way of life will lead to your death. His anger can blaze out at any moment. Blessed are all those who go to him for safety.
1 Lord, I have so many enemies! So many people are rising up against me! 2 Many are saying about me, "God will not save him." "Selah" 3 Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. You honor me. You help me win the battle. 4 I call out to the Lord. He answers me from his holy hill. "Selah" 5 I lie down and sleep. I wake up again, because the LORD takes care of me. 6 I won't be afraid of the tens of thousands who are lined up against me on every side. 7 Lord, rise up! My God, save me! Strike all my enemies in the face. Break the teeth of sinful people. 8 Lord, you are the one who saves. May your blessing be on your people. "Selah"
1 My faithful God, answer me when I call out to you. Give me rest from my trouble. Show me your favor. Hear my prayer. 2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love what will certainly fail you? How long will you pray to statues of gods? "Selah" 3 Remember that the LORD has set his faithful people apart for himself. The LORD will hear me when I call out to him. 4 When you are angry, do not sin. When you are in bed, look deep down inside you and be silent. "Selah" 5 Offer sacrifices to the LORD in the right way. Trust in him. 6 Many are asking, "Who can show us anything good?" Lord, let us see your face smiling on us with favor. 7 You have filled my heart with great joy. It is greater than the joy of people who have lots of grain and fresh wine. 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace. Lord, you alone keep me safe.
1 Lord, listen to my words. Pay attention when I sigh. 2 My King and my God, listen to me when I cry for help. I pray to you. 3 Lord, in the morning you hear my voice. In the morning I pray to you. I wait for you in hope. 4 God, you aren't happy with anything that is evil. Those who do what is wrong can't live where you are. 5 Those who are proud can't stand in front of you. You hate everyone who does what is evil. 6 You destroy those who tell lies. Lord, you hate murderers and those who cheat others. 7 Because of your great love I will come into your house. With deep respect I will bow down toward your holy temple. 8 Lord, I have many enemies. Lead me in your right path. Make your way smooth and straight for me. 9 Not a word from their mouths can be trusted. Their hearts are filled with plans to destroy others. Their throats are like open graves. With their tongues they tell lies. 10 God, show that they are guilty. Let their evil plans bring them down. Send them away because of their many sins. They have refused to obey you. 11 But let all those who go to you for safety be glad. Let them always sing with joy. Spread your cover over them and keep them safe. Then those who love you will be glad because of you. 12 Lord, you bless those who do what is right. Like a shield, your loving care keeps them safe.
1 Lord, don't correct me when you are angry. Don't punish me when you are burning with anger. 2 Lord, have mercy on me. I'm so weak. Lord, heal me. My body is full of pain. 3 My soul is very troubled. Lord, how long will it be until you save me? 4 Lord, turn to me and help me. Save me. Your love never fails. 5 People can't remember you when they are dead. How can they praise you when they are in the grave? 6 My groaning has worn me out. All night long my tears flood my bed. My bed is wet because of my crying. 7 I'm so sad I can't see very well. My eyesight gets worse because of all of my enemies. 8 Get away from me, all of you who do evil. The LORD has heard my sobbing. 9 The LORD has heard my cry for his favor. The LORD accepts my prayer. 10 All of my enemies will be troubled and put to shame. They will turn back in dishonor. It will happen suddenly.
1 LORD my God, I go to you for safety. Help me. Save me from all those who are chasing me. 2 If you don't, they will tear me apart as if they were lions. They will rip me to pieces so that no one can save me. 3 LORD my God, suppose I have done something wrong. Suppose I am guilty. 4 I have done evil to my friend. Or I have robbed my enemy without any reason. 5 If I have done any of those things, let my enemy chase me and catch me. Let him walk all over me. Let him bury me in the dust. "Selah" 6 Lord, rise up in your anger. Rise up against the great anger of my enemies. My God, wake up. Command that the right thing be done. 7 Let all the people of the earth gather around you. Rule over them from your throne in heaven. 8 Lord, judge all people. Lord, judge me. But remember that I have done what is right. Most High God, remember that I am honest. 9 God, you always do what is right. You look deep down inside the hearts and minds of people. Bring to an end the terrible things sinful people do. Make godly people safe. 10 The Most High God is like a shield that keeps me safe. He saves those whose hearts are honest. 11 God judges fairly. He shows his anger every day. 12 If evil people don't change their ways, God will sharpen his sword. He will get his bow ready to use. 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons. He has made his flaming arrows ready. 14 Anyone who is full of evil plans trouble and ends up telling lies. 15 Anyone who digs a hole and shovels it out falls into the pit he has made. 16 The trouble he causes comes back on him. The terrible things he does come down on his own head. 17 I will give thanks to the LORD because he does what is right. I will sing praise to the LORD Most High.
1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in the whole earth! You have made your glory higher than the heavens. 2 You have made sure that children and infants praise you. You have done it because of your enemies. You have done it to put a stop to their talk. 3 I think about the heavens. I think about what your fingers have created. I think about the moon and stars that you have set in place. 4 What is a human being that you think about him? What is a son of man that you take care of him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings. You placed on him a crown of glory and honor. 6 You made human beings the rulers over all that your hands have created. You put everything under their control. 7 They rule over all flocks and herds and over the wild animals. 8 They rule over the birds of the air and over the fish in the ocean. They rule over everything that swims in the oceans. 9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in the whole earth!
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