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Psalms 26; Psalms 27; Psalms 28; Psalms 29; Psalms 30; Psalms 31

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Psalms 26

1 Lord, when you hand down your sentence, let it be in my favor. I have lived without blame. I have trusted in the Lord. I have never doubted him.
2 Lord, test me. Try me out. Look deep down into my heart and mind.
3 Your love is always with me. I have always lived by your truth.
4 I don't spend time with people who tell lies. I don't keep company with pretenders.
5 I hate to be with a group of sinful people. I refuse to spend time with those who are evil.
6 I wash my hands to show that I'm not guilty. Lord, I come near your altar.
7 I shout my praise to you. I tell about all the wonderful things you have done.
8 Lord, I love the house where you live. I love the place where your glory is.
9 Don't destroy me together with sinners. Don't take my life away along with murderers.
10 Their hands are always planning to do evil. Their right hands are full of money that bought them off.
11 But I live without blame. Set me free and show me your favor.
12 My feet stand on level ground. In the whole community I will praise the Lord.

Psalms 27

1 The LORD gives me light and saves me. Why should I fear anyone? The LORD is my place of safety. Why should I be afraid?
2 My enemies are evil. They will trip and fall when they attack me and try to eat me alive.
3 Even if an army attacks me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if war breaks out against me, I will still trust in God.
4 I'm asking the LORD for only one thing. Here is what I want. I want to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. I want to look at the beauty of the Lord. I want to worship him in his temple.
5 When I'm in trouble, he will keep me safe in his house. He will hide me in the safety of his holy tent. He will put me on a rock that is very high.
6 Then I will win the battle over my enemies who are all around me. At his holy tent I will offer my sacrifice with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Lord, hear my voice when I call out to you. Show me your favor and answer me.
8 My heart says, "Look to him!" Lord, I will look to you.
9 Don't turn your face away from me. Don't turn me away because you are angry. You have helped me. God my Savior, don't say no to me. Don't desert me.
10 My father and mother may desert me, but the LORD will accept me.
11 Lord, teach me your ways. Lead me along a straight path. There are many people who beat me down.
12 My enemies want to harm me. So don't turn me over to them. Witnesses who tell lies are rising up against me. They are trying to destroy me.
13 Here is something I am still sure of. I will see the Lord's goodness while I'm still alive.
14 Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don't lose hope. Wait for the Lord.

Psalms 28

1 Lord, my Rock, I call out to you. Pay attention to me. If you remain silent, I will die. I will be like those who have gone down into the grave.
2 Hear my cry for your favor when I call out to you for help. Hear me when I lift up my hands in prayer toward your Most Holy Room.
3 Don't drag me away with sinners. Don't drag me away with those who do evil. They speak in a friendly way to their neighbors. But their hearts are full of hatred.
4 Pay them back for their evil actions. Pay them back for what their hands have done. Give them exactly what they should get.
5 They don't care about the Lord's mighty acts. They don't care about what his hands have done. So he will tear them down. He will never build them up again.
6 Give praise to the Lord. He has heard my cry for his favor.
7 The LORD gives me strength. He is like a shield that keeps me safe. My heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart jumps for joy. I will sing and give thanks to him.
8 The LORD gives strength to his people. He guards and saves his anointed king.
9 Save your people. Bless those who belong to you. Be their shepherd. Take care of them forever.

Psalms 29

1 Praise the Lord, you mighty angels. Praise the LORD for his glory and strength.
2 Praise the LORD for the glory that belongs to him. Worship the LORD because of his beauty and holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is heard over the waters. The God of glory thunders. The LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful. The voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedar trees. The LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon into pieces.
6 He makes the mountains of Lebanon skip like a calf. He makes Mount Hermon jump like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert. The LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD twists the oak trees. It strips the forests bare. And in his temple everyone cries out, "Glory!"
10 The LORD on his throne rules over the flood. The LORD rules from his throne as King forever.
11 The LORD gives strength to his people. The LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalms 30

1 Lord, I will give you honor. You brought me out of deep trouble. You didn't give my enemies the joy of seeing me die.
2 LORD my God, I called out to you for help. And you healed me.
3 Lord, you brought me up from the edge of the grave. You kept me from going down into the pit.
4 Sing to the Lord, you who are faithful to him. Praise him, because his name is holy.
5 His anger lasts for only a moment. But his favor lasts for a person's whole life. Sobbing can remain through the night. But joy comes in the morning.
6 When I felt safe, I said, "I will always be secure."
7 Lord, when you showed me your favor, you made my mountain stand firm. But when you turned your face away from me, I was terrified.
8 Lord, I called out to you. I cried to you for your favor.
9 I said, "What good will come if I die? What good will come if I go down into the grave? Can the dust of my dead body praise you? Can it tell how faithful you are?
10 Lord, hear me. Show me your favor. Lord, help me."
11 You turned my loud crying into dancing. You removed my black clothes and dressed me with joy.
12 So my heart will sing to you. I can't keep silent. Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalms 31

1 Lord, I have gone to you for safety. Don't let me ever be put to shame. Save me, because you do what is right.
2 Pay attention to me. Come quickly to help me. Be the rock I go to for safety. Be the strong fort that saves me.
3 You are my rock and my fort. Lead me and guide me for the honor of your name.
4 Free me from the trap that is set for me. You are my place of safety.
5 Into your hands I commit my very life. Lord, set me free. You are my faithful God.
6 I hate those who worship worthless statues of gods. I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and full of joy because you love me. You saw that I was hurting. You took note of my great pain.
8 You have not handed me over to the enemy. You have put me in a wide and safe place.
9 Lord, show me your favor. I'm in deep trouble. I'm so sad I can hardly see. My whole body grows weak with sadness.
10 Pain has taken over my life. My years are spent in groaning. I have no strength because I'm hurting so much. My body is getting weaker and weaker.
11 My neighbors make fun of me because I have so many enemies. My friends are afraid of me. Those who see me on the street run away from me.
12 They have forgotten me. I might as well be dead. I have become like broken pottery.
13 I hear the lies many people tell about me. There is terror all around me. Many have joined together against me. They plan to kill me.
14 But I trust in you, Lord. I say, "You are my God."
15 My whole life is in your hands. Save me from my enemies. Save me from those who are chasing me.
16 Let your face smile on me with favor. Save me because your love is faithful.
17 Lord, I have cried out to you. Don't let me be put to shame. But let sinners be put to shame. Let them lie silent in the grave.
18 Their lips tell lies. Let them be silenced. They speak with pride against those who do right. They make fun of them.
19 How great your goodness is! You have stored it up for those who have respect for you. While other people watch, you give it to those who run to you for safety.
20 They are safe because you are with them. You hide them from the evil plans of their enemies. In your house you keep them safe from those who bring charges against them.
21 Give praise to the Lord. He showed me his wonderful love when my enemies attacked the city I was in.
22 I was afraid and said, "I've been cut off from you!" But you heard my cry for your favor. You heard me when I called out to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all of you who are faithful to him! The LORD watches over the faithful. But he completely pays back those who are proud.
24 Be strong, all of you who put your hope in the Lord. Never give up.