The 23rd Psalm

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The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
He leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23, King James Version

Psalms 121 – The LORD Is Thy Keeper

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1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Amen.

The Psalms 121 – The LORD Is Thy Keeper

Psalms 22 – A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise

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Psalms 22 – A Cry of Anguish and Song of Praise

Psalms 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

2 O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.

3 Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.

4 In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them.

5 To you they cried, and were saved; in you they trusted, and were not put to shame.

6 But I am a worm, and not human; scorned by others, and despised by the people.

7 All who see me mock at me; they make mouths at me, they shake their heads;

8 “Commit your cause to the Lord; let him deliver— let him rescue the one in whom he delights!”

9 Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast.

10 On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother bore me you have been my God.

11Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.

12 Many bulls encircle me, strong bulls of Bashan surround me;

13 they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast;

15 my mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs are all around me; a company of evildoers encircles me. My hands and feet have shrivelled

17 I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me;

18 they divide my clothes among themselves, and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far away! O my help, come quickly to my aid!

20 Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the power of the dog!

21 Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers and sisters; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:

23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him; stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!

24 For he did not despise or abhor the affliction of the afflicted; he did not hide his face from me, but heard when I cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation; my vows I will pay before those who fear him.

26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.

28 For dominion belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.

29 To him, indeed, shall all who sleep in the earth bow down; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, and I shall live for him.

30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord,

31 And proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, saying that he has done it.

 

Psalms 21 – Praise for Deliverance from the Enemy

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Psalms 21 – Praise for Deliverance from the EnemyPsalms 21

1 In your strength the king rejoices, O Lord, and in your help how greatly he exults!

2 You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. (Selah)

3 For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold on his head.

4 He asked you for life; you gave it to him— length of days forever and ever.

5 His glory is great through your help; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.

6 You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence.

7 For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.

9 You will make them like a fiery furnace when you appear. The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.

10 You will destroy their offspring from the earth, and their children from among humankind.

11 If they plan evil against you, if they devise mischief, they will not succeed.

12 For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.

Psalms 20 – A Prayer for Victory

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Psalms 20 – A Prayer for Victory

336ac-psalms1 The Lord answer you in the day of trouble! The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. (Selah)

4 May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

5 May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

8 They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

9 Give victory to the king, O Lord; answer us when we call.

Psalms 19 – The Works and Word of God

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Psalms 19 – The Works and Word of GodPsalm 19

1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple;

8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes;

9 the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalms 18 – Thanksgiving for Deliverance

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Psalms 18 – Thanksgiving for Deliverance

Ottawa river in Gatineau – Quebec, Canada

1 I love you, O Lord, my strength.

2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of perdition assailed me;

5 the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

7 Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.

Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.

9 He bowed the heavens, and came down; thick darkness was under his feet.

10 He rode on a cherub, and flew; he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering around him, his canopy thick clouds dark with water.

12 Out of the brightness before him there broke through his clouds hailstones and coals of fire.

13The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice.

14 And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them.

15 Then the channels of the sea were seen, and the foundations of the world were laid bare at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high, he took me; he drew me out of mighty waters.

17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity; but the Lord was my support.

19 He brought me out into a broad place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all his ordinances were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me.

23 I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from guilt.

24 Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 With the loyal you show yourself loyal; with the blameless you show yourself blameless;

26 with the pure you show yourself pure; and with the crooked you show yourself perverse.

27 For you deliver a humble people, but the haughty eyes you bring down.

28 It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.

29 By you I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

30 This God—his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God except the Lord? And who is a rock besides our God?—

32 the God who girded me with strength, and made my way safe.

33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer, and set me secure on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand has supported me; your help has made me great.

36 You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; and did not turn back until they were consumed.

38 I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.

39 For you girded me with strength for the battle; you made my assailants sink under me.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them; they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.

42 I beat them fine, like dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets.

43 You delivered me from strife with the peoples; you made me head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me.

44 As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.

45 Foreigners lost heart, and came trembling out of their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation,

47 the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me;

48 who delivered me from my enemies; indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries; you delivered me from the violent.

49 For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to your name.

50 Great triumphs he gives to his king, and shows steadfast love to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.

 

Psalms 18 – Thanksgiving for Deliverance

Psalms 17 – A Prayer for Protection against Oppressors

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Psalms 17 – A Prayer for Protection against Oppressors

Frozen Waterfall – Yoho National Park, Canada

 

1 Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

2 From you let my vindication come; let your eyes see the right.

3 If you try my heart, if you visit me by night, if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me; my mouth does not transgress.

4 As for what others do, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.

5 My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.

6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words.

7 Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

8 Guard me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,

9 from the wicked who despoil me, my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.

11 They track me down; now they surround me; they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.

12 They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.

13 Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them! By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,

14 from mortals—by your hand, O Lord— from mortals whose portion in life is in this world. May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something over to their little ones.

15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

 

Psalms 17 – A Prayer for Protection against Oppressors