Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68, 89
The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
       nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2    but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3    He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
       that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
       In all that he does, he prospers.
4    The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6    for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed
2 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2    The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3    “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4    He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5    Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6    “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7    I will tell of the decree:
       The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8    Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9    You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10    Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11    Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12    Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
       Blessed are all who take refuge in him. [1]
Who Shall Dwell on Your Holy Hill?
15 A Psalm of David.
1    O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
2    He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
3    who does not slander with his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4    in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who honors those who fear the Lord;
       who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5    who does not put out his money at interest
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
       He who does these things shall never be moved. [2]
Why Have You Forsaken Me?
22 To the choirmaster: according to The Doe of the Dawn. A Psalm of David.
1    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
2    O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
and by night, but I find no rest.
3    Yet you are holy,
enthroned on the praises of Israel.
4    In you our fathers trusted;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
5    To you they cried and were rescued;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
6    But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
7    All who see me mock me;
they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
8    “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”
9    Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10    On you was I cast from my birth,
and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
11    Be not far from me,
for trouble is near,
and there is none to help.
12    Many bulls encompass me;
strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13    they open wide their mouths at me,
like a ravening and roaring lion.
14    I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint;
       my heart is like wax;
it is melted within my breast;
15    my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16    For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
       they have pierced my hands and feet—
17    I can count all my bones—
       they stare and gloat over me;
18    they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
19    But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20    Deliver my soul from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dog!
21        Save me from the mouth of the lion!
       You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
22    I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23    You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24    For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
       and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him.
25    From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26    The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
May your hearts live forever!
27    All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
       and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
28    For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
29    All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30    Posterity shall serve him;
it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31    they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
that he has done it.
The Lord Is My Shepherd
23 A Psalm of David.
1    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2        He makes me lie down in green pastures.
       He leads me beside still waters.
3        He restores my soul.
       He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5    You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
       you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
       and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
The King of Glory
24 A Psalm of David.
1    The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
2    for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
3    Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
4    He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
5    He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6    Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7    Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8    Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
9    Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10    Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory! Selah [3]
God Is King over All the Earth
47 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
1    Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
2    For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
3    He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
4    He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
5    God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6    Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7    For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
8    God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
9    The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
       For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted! [4]
God Shall Scatter His Enemies
68 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.
1    God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;
and those who hate him shall flee before him!
2    As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;
as wax melts before fire,
so the wicked shall perish before God!
3    But the righteous shall be glad;
they shall exult before God;
they shall be jubilant with joy!
4    Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;
       his name is the Lord;
exult before him!
5    Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
6    God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
7    O God, when you went out before your people,
when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
8    the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.
9    Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;
you restored your inheritance as it languished;
10    your flock found a dwelling in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
11    The Lord gives the word;
the women who announce the news are a great host:
12        “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”
       The women at home divide the spoil—
13        though you men lie among the sheepfolds—
       the wings of a dove covered with silver,
its pinions with shimmering gold.
14    When the Almighty scatters kings there,
let snow fall on Zalmon.
15    O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;
O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16    Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,
at the mount that God desired for his abode,
yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?
17    The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
18    You ascended on high,
leading a host of captives in your train
and receiving gifts among men,
       even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.
19    Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
20    Our God is a God of salvation,
and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
21    But God will strike the heads of his enemies,
the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
22    The Lord said,
“I will bring them back from Bashan,
       I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23    that you may strike your feet in their blood,
that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”
24    Your procession is seen, O God,
the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—
25    the singers in front, the musicians last,
between them virgins playing tambourines:
26    “Bless God in the great congregation,
the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”
27    There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,
the princes of Judah in their throng,
the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28    Summon your power, O God,
the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.
29    Because of your temple at Jerusalem
kings shall bear gifts to you.
30    Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,
the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.
       Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;
scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31    Nobles shall come from Egypt;
Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
32    O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;
sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33    to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;
behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34    Ascribe power to God,
whose majesty is over Israel,
and whose power is in the skies.
35    Awesome is God from his sanctuary;
the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.
       Blessed be God! [5]
I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord
89 A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
1    I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
2    For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
3    You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
4    ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’ ” Selah
5    Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
6    For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
7    a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
8    O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
9    You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
10    You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11    The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12    The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13    You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15    Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
16    who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
17    For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
18    For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19    Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20    I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21    so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
22    The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
23    I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
24    My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25    I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
26    He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27    And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
28    My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29    I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30    If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
31    if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
32    then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
33    but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
34    I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35    Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36    His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
37    Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
38    But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39    You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40    You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41    All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42    You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43    You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
44    You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
45    You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah
46    How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47    Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48    What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
49    Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50    Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51    with which your enemies mock, O Lord,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
52    Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen. [6]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 1:1–2:12.
[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 15:title–5.
[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 22:title–24:10.
[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 47:title–9.
[5] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 68:title–35.
[6] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ps 89:title–52.

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