Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Psalm 44


Psalm 43


1.   Give judgment for me, O God, 
        and defend my cause against an un- | godly | people; *
        deliver me from the de- | ceitful | and the | wicked.

2.   For you are the God of my strength; why have you put | me from | you?*            and why do I go so heavily while the | ene-my | oppress- es | me?

3.   Send out your light and your truth, that they | may lead | me, * 
         and bring me to your holy | hill and | to your | dwelling;

4.   That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my | joy and | gladness; * 
         and on the harp I will give thanks to | you, O | God my | God.

5.   Why are you so full of heaviness, | O my | soul? * 
         and why are you so dis- | quieted | within | me?

6.   Put your | trust in | God; * 
         for I will yet give thanks to him,
         who is the help of my | counte- nance, | and my | God.



Monday, February 19, 2018

Psalm 42


1.   As the deer longs | for the | water-brooks, *
        so longs my |soul for | you, O | God.

2.   My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the | living | God; *
        when shall I come to appear be- | fore the | presence of | God?

3.   My tears have been my food day and night, * 
        while all day long they say to me, | Where now |is your | God?"

4.   I pour out my soul when I think | on these | things; *
        how I went with the multitude and led them | into the | house of | God, 

5.   With the voice of | praise and | thanksgiving, *
        among those |who keep | holy | day.

6.   Why are you so full of heaviness, | O my | soul? *
        and why are you so dis- | quieted | within | me?

7.   Put your | trust in | God; * 
        for I will yet give thanks to him, 
        who is the help of my | countenance, | and my | God.

8.   My soul is heavy | within | me; *
        therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan 
        and from the peak of Mizar | among the | heights of | Hermon.

9.   One deep calls to another in the noise | of your | cataracts; *
        all your rapids and floods | have gone | over | me.

10. The LORD grants his loving-kindness | in the | daytime; *
        in the night season his song is with me, 
        a prayer | to the | God of my | life.

11. I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you | for- gotten | me? *
        and why do I go so heavily | while the | enemy oppresses | me?"

12. While my bones | are being | broken, *
        my enemies | mock me | to my | face;

13. All day long | they mock | me *
        and say to me, |"Where now | is your | God?"

14. Why are you so full of heaviness, | O my | soul? *
        and why are you so | dis- quieted | within | me?

15.  Put your | trust in | God; *
        for I will yet give thanks to him, 
        who is the help of | my countenance, | and my | God.



Saturday, February 17, 2018

Psalm 41

1.  Happy are they who consider the | poor and | needy! *
        the LORD will deliver them | in the | time of | trouble.

2.  The LORD preserves them and keeps them alive,
        so that they may be happy | in the | land; *
        he does not hand them over | to the will | of their | enemies.

3.  The LORD sustains them | on their | sickbed *
        and ministers | to them | in their | illness.

4.  I said, "LORD, be | merciful to | me; *
        heal me, for I | have sinned | a- gainst | you."

5.  My enemies are saying wicked | things a- | bout me: *
        When will he | die, and | his name | perish?"

6.  Even if they come to see me, they speak | empty | words; *
        their heart collects false rumors; they | go out- | side and | spread them.

7.  All my enemies whisper together | about | me *
        and devise | evil | against | me.

8.  "A deadly thing," they say, "has | fastened on | him; *
        he has taken to his bed and will | never get | up a- | gain."

9.  Even my best friend, whom I trusted, who broke | bread with | me, *
        has lifted up his | heel and turned | against | me.

10. But you, O LORD, be merciful to me and | raise me | up, *
         and | I shall | repay | them.

11. By this I know you are | pleased with | me, *
         that my enemy does not | triumph | over | me.

12. In my integrity you | hold me | fast, *
         and shall set me be- | fore your | face for- | ever.

13. Blessed be the LORD | God of | Israel, *
         from | age to age. | Amen. | Amen.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Psalm 40

I actually wrote this yesterday, but I did not get it posted last night.  So, I'm still on track with my Lenten discipline.  I tried to write this one in Phrygian mode.  I will always remember Lauren Hill reading this Psalm at the Grammy's in her acceptance speech.  I wanted to convey both the adversity of trials and hardship, along with the joy of deliverance. 


1. I waited patiently u- | pon the | LORD;*
he stooped to | me and | heard my | cry.

2. He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the | mire and | clay; *
he set my feet upon a high cliff and | made my | footing | sure.

3. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise | to our | God; *
many shall see, and stand in awe, and put | their trust | in the | LORD.

4. Happy are they who | trust in the | LORD! *
they do not resort to evil | spirits or | turn to false | gods.

5. Great things are they that you have done, O LORD my God! 
how great your wonders and your | plans for | us! *
there is none who can | be com- | pared with | you.

6. Oh, that I could make them known | and tell | them! *
but they are | more than | I can | count.

7. In sacrifice and offering you | take no | pleasure *
(you have gi- | ven me | ears to | hear you);

8. Burnt-offering and sin-offering you | have not re- | quired, *
and so I | said, "Be- | hold, I | come.

9. In the roll of the book it is written con- | cerning | me: *
'I love to do your will, O my God; your | law is | deep in my | heart.'"

10. I proclaimed righteousness in the great | congre- | gation; * 
behold, I did not restrain my lips; | and that, O | LORD, you | know.

11. Your righteousness have I not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and | your de- | liverance; *
I have not concealed your love and faithfulness | from the great | congre- | gation.