Psalm 143

1Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness.

2Do not enter into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.

3For the enemy has pursued me, crushing my life to the ground, making me sit in darkness like those long dead.

4Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.

5I remember the days of old, I think about all your deeds, I meditate on the works of your hands.

6I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

7Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me, or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.

8Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

9Save me, O Lord, from my enemies; I have fled to you for refuge.

10Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Let your good spirit lead me on a level path.

11For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life. In your righteousness bring me out of trouble.

12In your steadfast love cut off my enemies, and destroy all my adversaries, for I am your servant.

Psalm 144

1Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

2my rock and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues the peoples under me.

3O Lord, what are human beings that you regard them, or mortals that you think of them?

4They are like a breath; their days are like a passing shadow.

5Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains so that they smoke.

6Make the lightning flash and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them.

7Stretch out your hand from on high; set me free and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hand of aliens,

8whose mouths speak lies, and whose right hands are false.

9I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a ten-stringed harp I will play to you,

10the one who gives victory to kings, who rescues his servant David.

11Rescue me from the cruel sword, and deliver me from the hand of aliens, whose mouths speak lies, and whose right hands are false.

12May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars, cut for the building of a palace.

13May our barns be filled, with produce of every kind; may our sheep increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields,

14and may our cattle be heavy with young. May there be no breach in the walls, no exile, and no cry of distress in our streets.

15Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord.

Psalm 145

1I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

2Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.

3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.

4One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.

5On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

6The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.

7They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.

10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you.

11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power,

12to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds.

14The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.

15The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.

16You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.

17The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.

18The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

19He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.

20The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

21My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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