Friday, May 7, 2010

May Seven

~Good Morning~
Great and not so great things going on. Please pray for my father in law. He is in the hospital. He has internal bleeding and it seems that it was caused by polyps being removed. He needed blood last night and is on morphine for the pain. They will be doing another colonoscopy today. Also pray for my mother in law she is a wreck. They are inseparable. Drive one car in to work together kind of inseparable. On the other note our long awaited Sissy's annual birthday camping trip. Whew that is a long title. We have friends and family going and beautiful weather waiting.

  • History repeats itself. 1 Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!
          The faithful have vanished from the earth!
     2 Neighbors lie to each other,
          speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.

  • Is it okay to boast about being righteous? 15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
          When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

Psalm 12

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument.

 1 Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!
      The faithful have vanished from the earth!
 2 Neighbors lie to each other,
      speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.
 3 May the Lord cut off their flattering lips
      and silence their boastful tongues.
 4 They say, "We will lie to our hearts' content.
      Our lips are our own—who can stop us?"

 5 The Lord replies, "I have seen violence done to the helpless,
      and I have heard the groans of the poor.
   Now I will rise up to rescue them,
      as they have longed for me to do."
 6 The Lord's promises are pure,
      like silver refined in a furnace,
      purified seven times over.
 7 Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,
      preserving them forever from this lying generation,
 8 even though the wicked strut about,
      and evil is praised throughout the land.

Psalm 13

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
      How long will you look the other way?
 2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
      with sorrow in my heart every day?
      How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

 3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
      Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
 4 Don't let my enemies gloat, saying, "We have defeated him!"
      Don't let them rejoice at my downfall.

 5 But I trust in your unfailing love.
      I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
 6 I will sing to the Lord
      because he is good to me.

Psalm 14

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 Only fools say in their hearts,
      "There is no God."
   They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
      not one of them does good!

 2 The Lord looks down from heaven
      on the entire human race;
   he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
      if anyone seeks God.
 3 But no, all have turned away;
      all have become corrupt.
   No one does good,
      not a single one!

 4 Will those who do evil never learn?
      They eat up my people like bread
      and wouldn't think of praying to the Lord.
 5 Terror will grip them,
      for God is with those who obey him.
 6 The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed,
      but the Lord will protect his people.

 7 Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel?
      When the Lord restores his people,
      Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice.

Psalm 15

A psalm of David.

 1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?
      Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
 2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,
      speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
 3 Those who refuse to gossip
      or harm their neighbors
      or speak evil of their friends.
 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners,
      and honor the faithful followers of the Lord,
      and keep their promises even when it hurts.
 5 Those who lend money without charging interest,
      and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.
   Such people will stand firm forever.

Psalm 16

A psalm of David.

 1 Keep me safe, O God,
      for I have come to you for refuge.

 2 I said to the Lord, "You are my Master!
      Every good thing I have comes from you."
 3 The godly people in the land
      are my true heroes!
      I take pleasure in them!
 4 Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
      I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
      or even speak the names of their gods.

 5 Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
      You guard all that is mine.
 6 The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
      What a wonderful inheritance!

 7 I will bless the Lord who guides me;
      even at night my heart instructs me.
 8 I know the Lord is always with me.
      I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

 9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
      My body rests in safety.
 10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
      or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
 11 You will show me the way of life,
      granting me the joy of your presence
      and the pleasures of living with you forever.

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

 1 O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
      Listen to my cry for help.
   Pay attention to my prayer,
      for it comes from honest lips.
 2 Declare me innocent,
      for you see those who do right.

 3 You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
      You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
      I am determined not to sin in what I say.
 4 I have followed your commands,
      which keep me from following cruel and evil people.
 5 My steps have stayed on your path;
      I have not wavered from following you.

 6 I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
      Bend down and listen as I pray.
 7 Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
      By your mighty power you rescue
      those who seek refuge from their enemies.
 8 Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
      Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
 9 Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
      from murderous enemies who surround me.
 10 They are without pity.
      Listen to their boasting!
 11 They track me down and surround me,
      watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.
 12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
      like young lions hiding in ambush.

 13 Arise, O Lord!
      Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
      Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
 14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,
      destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
   But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
      May their children have plenty,
      leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
 15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
      When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

Psalm 19-21

Psalm 19

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
      The skies display his craftsmanship.
 2 Day after day they continue to speak;
      night after night they make him known.
 3 They speak without a sound or word;
      their voice is never heard.
 4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
      and their words to all the world.

   God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
 5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
      It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
 6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
      and follows its course to the other end.
      Nothing can hide from its heat.

 7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
      reviving the soul.
   The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
      making wise the simple.
 8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
      bringing joy to the heart.
   The commands of the Lord are clear,
      giving insight for living.
 9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
      lasting forever.
   The laws of the Lord are true;
      each one is fair.
 10 They are more desirable than gold,
      even the finest gold.
   They are sweeter than honey,
      even honey dripping from the comb.
 11 They are a warning to your servant,
      a great reward for those who obey them.

 12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
      Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
 13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
      Don't let them control me.
   Then I will be free of guilt
      and innocent of great sin.

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

Psalm 20

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry.
      May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.
 2 May he send you help from his sanctuary
      and strengthen you from Jerusalem.
 3 May he remember all your gifts
      and look favorably on your burnt offerings.

 4 May he grant your heart's desires
      and make all your plans succeed.
 5 May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory
      and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
   May the Lord answer all your prayers.

 6 Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king.
      He will answer him from his holy heaven
      and rescue him by his great power.
 7 Some nations boast of their chariots and horses,
      but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.
 8 Those nations will fall down and collapse,
      but we will rise up and stand firm.

 9 Give victory to our king, O Lord!
      Answer our cry for help.

Psalm 21

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord!
      He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
 2 For you have given him his heart's desire;
      you have withheld nothing he requested.

 3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
      You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.
 4 He asked you to preserve his life,
      and you granted his request.
      The days of his life stretch on forever.
 5 Your victory brings him great honor,
      and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.
 6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings
      and given him the joy of your presence.
 7 For the king trusts in the Lord.
      The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.

 8 You will capture all your enemies.
      Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.
 9 You will throw them in a flaming furnace
      when you appear.
   The Lord will consume them in his anger;
      fire will devour them.
 10 You will wipe their children from the face of the earth;
      they will never have descendants.
 11 Although they plot against you,
      their evil schemes will never succeed.
 12 For they will turn and run
      when they see your arrows aimed at them.
 13 Rise up, O Lord, in all your power.
      With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts.