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Psalm 7:6–9

6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;
rise up against the rage of my enemies.
Awake, my God; decree justice.
7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,
while you sit enthroned over them on high.
8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure — 
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.

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Stand up , Oh Lord!
Take back this once verdant world.
Gather your people around you;
bend the mighty to their knees.
Vindicate those who suffer
for their righteousness –
reward the faithful.
Let your anger rage
against those who defile
this earth, pollute its life blood.
Rage against those who 
abuse the poor, 
seduce the innocent,
and pervert justice.
Arise, Oh Lord
against the blackened hearts
of those who abuse power and
trample the downtrodden.
Awake and decree judgement!
End corruption and bring
peace to the humble heart.

Psalm 7:14–16

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment. 15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. 16 The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads.

Beware you who are filled with evil,
you who breathe falsehoods,
you who stir up agitation and panic.
Oh you who cause the poor to be disheartened,
you who have dug a trench of wrong doings, 
be careful less you plunge in.
Beware you evildoer pregnant with mischief
 for the troubles you will cause rain on you head,
your cruelty will be repaid in full.

Psalm 7:1

Psalm 7:1

Lord my God, I take refuge in you;
save and deliver me from all who pursue

Lord God on high
on you I rely,
in you I find strength,
strength to carry on.
Lord God of all
in you I seek comfort.
In you I take refuge
from the storms
of my life.
Rescue me lord,
save me from
 those who rail
against me.
Deliver me Lord
 from those who
pursue me.
Rescue me Lord
from myself.

Psalm 7 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 7 New International Version (NIV)

A shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you;

save and deliver me from all who pursue me,

2 or they will tear me apart like a lion

and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

3 Lord my God, if I have done this

and there is guilt on my hands —

4 if I have repaid my ally with evil

or without cause have robbed my foe —

5 then let my enemy pursue and overtake me;

let him trample my life to the ground

and make me sleep in the dust.[c]

6 Arise, Lord, in your anger;

rise up against the rage of my enemies.

Awake, my God; decree justice.

7 Let the assembled peoples gather around you,

while you sit enthroned over them on high.

8 Let the Lord judge the peoples.

Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,

according to my integrity, O Most High.

9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked

and make the righteous secure —

you, the righteous God

who probes minds and hearts.

10 My shield[d] is God Most High,

who saves the upright in heart.

11 God is a righteous judge,

a God who displays his wrath every day.

12 If he does not relent,

he[e] will sharpen his sword;

he will bend and string his bow.

13 He has prepared his deadly weapons;

he makes ready his flaming arrows.

14 Whoever is pregnant with evil

conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment.

15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out

falls into the pit they have made.

16 The trouble they cause recoils on them;

their violence comes down on their own heads.

17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;

I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 6 (NIV)

1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger

or discipline me in your wrath.

2 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;

heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.

3 My soul is in deep anguish.

How long, Lord, how long?

4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me;

save me because of your unfailing love.

5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name.

Who praises you from the grave?

6 I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping

and drench my couch with tears.

7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;

they fail because of all my foes.

8 Away from me, all you who do evil,

for the Lord has heard my weeping.

9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;

the Lord accepts my prayer.

10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish;

they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Psalm 5

Psalm 5

1 Listen to my words, Lord,

consider my lament.

2 Hear my cry for help,

my King and my God,

for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;

in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait expectantly.

4 For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;

with you, evil people are not welcome.

5 The arrogant cannot stand

in your presence.

You hate all who do wrong;

6 you destroy those who tell lies.

The bloodthirsty and deceitful

you, Lord, detest.

7 But I, by your great love,

can come into your house;

in reverence I bow down

toward your holy temple.

8 Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness

because of my enemies —

make your way straight before me.

9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;

their heart is filled with malice.

Their throat is an open grave;

with their tongues they tell lies.

10 Declare them guilty, O God!

Let their intrigues be their downfall.

Banish them for their many sins,

for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;

let them ever sing for joy.

Spread your protection over them,

that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;

you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 4:6

Psalm 4:6

Psalm4:6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”Let the light of your face shine on us.

Why are you asking the Lord for your prosperity? So many want prosperity without working, with a quick fix, a lottery ticket. And if you did receive this prosperity what would you do with it? Would you do any good? Would you educate yourself, make investments for your future? How many would blow it all and be worse off than before they received the windfall?

Why should the light of his face shine on us? Why should the Lord make his face to shine on any of us for that matter? Have we honored him with our lives, our actions, our motives or are we selfish and unloving?

Psalm 4:1

Psalm 4:1

1 Answer me when I call to you,my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

My God! My God! Why are you silent.
I do not hear you in the wind,
nor in the deep silence.
Why would you hear my voice,
be bothered by my trivial problems
when there are so many whose prayers go unheard?
Where is the relief for those in deep distress;
the mercy for the poor, the refugees?

I call wanting answers, just one small miracle, but my God, you have closed your ears to my cry,
cut me off for my unrighteousness.
Yet, what about the cries of the starving children,
the cries of the unconsoled mother,
the cries of the war ravaged displace people.
My God, will even their voices not soften your heart?
Will you not hear their cries?

Why do you not answer me? Answer my cries?
Are you tired of telling me, stirring a passion,
igniting a fire only to watch it
snuffed out by my own self indulgence,
my own lack of involvement?
Please answer me, my God,
give me some relief in my distress.
If not me, then whom will you hear?

Psalm 3:1–2

Psalm 3:1–2

Psalm 3
1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.”

Lord, how many are my foes?
They throw stumbling blocks before me.
Surely I need your strength
my Lord and my God;
be with me every day.
How many rise up against me
yet I know not why.
Many are saying of me
that I am a fool to trust in a god,
a god who will not deliver me.
But I know of your strength
and fear your power.
Their words are nothing.
They cannot separate me from You my God. In You I will put my trust, from You will come my deliverance.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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