Old Testament in a year – Day 144

Psalms 8: 1 - 10: 18

For the Chief Musician; on an instrument of Gath. A Psalm by David.
1LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens!
2From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength,
because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger.
3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have ordained,
4what is man, that you think of him?
What is the son of man, that you care for him?
5For you have made him a little lower than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honour.
6You make him ruler over the works of your hands.
You have put all things under his feet:
7All sheep and cattle,
yes, and the animals of the field,
8the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea,
and whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
9LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
For the Chief Musician. Set to “The Death of the Son.” A Psalm by David.
1I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart.
I will tell of all your marvellous works.
2I will be glad and rejoice in you.
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
3When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish in your presence.
4For you have maintained my just cause.
You sit on the throne judging righteously.
5You have rebuked the nations.
You have destroyed the wicked.
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6The enemy is overtaken by endless ruin.
The very memory of the cities which you have overthrown has perished.
7But the LORD reigns forever.
He has prepared his throne for judgement.
8He will judge the world in righteousness.
He will administer judgement to the peoples in uprightness.
9The LORD will also be a high tower for the oppressed;
a high tower in times of trouble.
10Those who know your name will put their trust in you,
for you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion,
and declare amongst the people what he has done.
12For he who avenges blood remembers them.
He doesn’t forget the cry of the afflicted.
13Have mercy on me, LORD.
See my affliction by those who hate me,
and lift me up from the gates of death,
14that I may show all of your praise.
I will rejoice in your salvation in the gates of the daughter of Zion.
15The nations have sunk down in the pit that they made.
In the net which they hid, their own foot is taken.
16The LORD has made himself known.
He has executed judgement.
The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah.
17The wicked shall be turned back to Sheol,
even all the nations that forget God.
18For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor perish forever.
19Arise, LORD! Don’t let man prevail.
Let the nations be judged in your sight.
20Put them in fear, LORD.
Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.
1Why do you stand far off, LORD?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2In arrogance, the wicked hunt down the weak.
They are caught in the schemes that they devise.
3For the wicked boasts of his heart’s cravings.
He blesses the greedy and condemns the LORD.
4The wicked, in the pride of his face,
has no room in his thoughts for God.
5His ways are prosperous at all times.
He is arrogant, and your laws are far from his sight.
As for all his adversaries, he sneers at them.
6He says in his heart, “I shall not be shaken.
For generations I shall have no trouble.”
7His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression.
Under his tongue is mischief and iniquity.
8He lies in wait near the villages.
From ambushes, he murders the innocent.
His eyes are secretly set against the helpless.
9He lurks in secret as a lion in his ambush.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless.
He catches the helpless when he draws him in his net.
10The helpless are crushed.
They collapse.
They fall under his strength.
11He says in his heart, “God has forgotten.
He hides his face.
He will never see it.”
12Arise, LORD!
God, lift up your hand!
Don’t forget the helpless.
13Why does the wicked person condemn God,
and say in his heart, “God won’t call me into account?”
14But you do see trouble and grief.
You consider it to take it into your hand.
You help the victim and the fatherless.
15Break the arm of the wicked.
As for the evil man, seek out his wickedness until you find none.
16The LORD is King forever and ever!
The nations will perish out of his land.
17LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble.
You will prepare their heart.
You will cause your ear to hear,
18to judge the fatherless and the oppressed,
that man who is of the earth may terrify no more.
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