Saturday, May 15, 2010

May Fifteen

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~Good Morning~

  • This just reaches me today. I feel lost in many directions. This says it all.

  •  23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
          test me and know my anxious thoughts.
     24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
          and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Psalm 131

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

 1 Lord, my heart is not proud;
      my eyes are not haughty.
   I don't concern myself with matters too great
      or too awesome for me to grasp.
 2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,
      like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother's milk.
      Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

 3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—
      now and always.
Psalm 133 

Psalm 133

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

 1 How wonderful and pleasant it is
      when brothers live together in harmony!
 2 For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
      that was poured over Aaron's head,
      that ran down his beard
      and onto the border of his robe.
 3 Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
      that falls on the mountains of Zion.
   And there the Lord has pronounced his blessing,
      even life everlasting.
Psalm 138-141

Psalm 138

A psalm of David.

 1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;
      I will sing your praises before the gods.
 2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
      I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;
   for your promises are backed
      by all the honor of your name.
 3 As soon as I pray, you answer me;
      you encourage me by giving me strength.

 4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord,
      for all of them will hear your words.
 5 Yes, they will sing about the Lord's ways,
      for the glory of the Lord is very great.
 6 Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble,
      but he keeps his distance from the proud.

 7 Though I am surrounded by troubles,
      you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
   You reach out your hand,
      and the power of your right hand saves me.
 8 The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
      for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
      Don't abandon me, for you made me.

Psalm 139

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
      and know everything about me.
 2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
      You know my thoughts even when I'm far away.
 3 You see me when I travel
      and when I rest at home.
      You know everything I do.
 4 You know what I am going to say
      even before I say it, Lord.
 5 You go before me and follow me.
      You place your hand of blessing on my head.
 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
      too great for me to understand!

 7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
      I can never get away from your presence!
 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
      if I go down to the grave, you are there.
 9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
      if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
 10 even there your hand will guide me,
      and your strength will support me.
 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
      and the light around me to become night—
    12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
   To you the night shines as bright as day.
      Darkness and light are the same to you.

 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
      and knit me together in my mother's womb.
 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
      Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
      as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
 16 You saw me before I was born.
      Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
   Every moment was laid out
      before a single day had passed.

 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
      They cannot be numbered!
 18 I can't even count them;
      they outnumber the grains of sand!
   And when I wake up,
      you are still with me!

 19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
      Get out of my life, you murderers!
 20 They blaspheme you;
      your enemies misuse your name.
 21 O Lord, shouldn't I hate those who hate you?
      Shouldn't I despise those who oppose you?
 22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
      for your enemies are my enemies.

 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
      test me and know my anxious thoughts.
 24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
      and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Psalm 140

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 O Lord, rescue me from evil people.
      Protect me from those who are violent,
 2 those who plot evil in their hearts
      and stir up trouble all day long.
 3 Their tongues sting like a snake;
      the venom of a viper drips from their lips.

 4 O Lord, keep me out of the hands of the wicked.
      Protect me from those who are violent,
      for they are plotting against me.
 5 The proud have set a trap to catch me;
      they have stretched out a net;
      they have placed traps all along the way.

 6 I said to the Lord, "You are my God!"
      Listen, O Lord, to my cries for mercy!
 7 O Sovereign Lord, the strong one who rescued me,
      you protected me on the day of battle.
 8 Lord, do not let evil people have their way.
      Do not let their evil schemes succeed,
      or they will become proud.

 9 Let my enemies be destroyed
      by the very evil they have planned for me.
 10 Let burning coals fall down on their heads.
      Let them be thrown into the fire
      or into watery pits from which they can't escape.
 11 Don't let liars prosper here in our land.
      Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.

 12 But I know the Lord will help those they persecute;
      he will give justice to the poor.
 13 Surely righteous people are praising your name;
      the godly will live in your presence.

Psalm 141

A psalm of David.

 1 O Lord, I am calling to you. Please hurry!
      Listen when I cry to you for help!
 2 Accept my prayer as incense offered to you,
      and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

 3 Take control of what I say, O Lord,
      and guard my lips.
 4 Don't let me drift toward evil
      or take part in acts of wickedness.
   Don't let me share in the delicacies
      of those who do wrong.

 5 Let the godly strike me!
      It will be a kindness!
   If they correct me, it is soothing medicine.
      Don't let me refuse it.

   But I pray constantly
      against the wicked and their deeds.
 6 When their leaders are thrown down from a cliff,
      the wicked will listen to my words and find them true.
 7 Like rocks brought up by a plow,
      the bones of the wicked will lie scattered without burial.

 8 I look to you for help, O Sovereign Lord.
      You are my refuge; don't them kill me.
 9 Keep me from the traps they have set for me,
      from the snares of those who do wrong.
 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
      but let me escape.
Psalm 143 

Psalm 143

A psalm of David.

 1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
      listen to my plea!
      Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
 2 Don't put your servant on trial,
      for no one is innocent before you.
 3 My enemy has chased me.
      He has knocked me to the ground
      and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
 4 I am losing all hope;
      I am paralyzed with fear.
 5 I remember the days of old.
      I ponder all your great works
      and think about what you have done.
 6 I lift my hands to you in prayer.
      I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.

 7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
      for my depression deepens.
   Don't turn away from me,
      or I will die.
 8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
      for I am trusting you.
   Show me where to walk,
      for I give myself to you.
 9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
      I run to you to hide me.
 10 Teach me to do your will,
      for you are my God.
   May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
      on a firm footing.
 11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
      Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
 12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies
      and destroy all my foes,
      for I am your servant