Thanksgiving and Praise
1I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;2I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
above everything.3On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.
4All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.5They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
for great is the glory of the Lord.6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
but the haughty he perceives from far away.
7Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.Chapter 139The Inescapable God
To the leader. Of David. A Psalm.
1O Lord, you have searched me and known me.2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.3You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.4Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.5You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
7Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?8If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.9If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,10even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.11If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night,”12even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.15My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.16Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.17How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!18I try to count them—they are more than the sand;
I come to the end —I am still with you.
19O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me—20those who speak of you maliciously,
and lift themselves up against you for evil!21Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?22I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.24See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.Chapter 140Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1Deliver me, O Lord, from evildoers;
protect me from those who are violent,2who plan evil things in their minds
and stir up wars continually.3They make their tongue sharp as a snake's,
and under their lips is the venom of vipers. Selah
4Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
protect me from the violent
who have planned my downfall.5The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net,
along the road they have set snares for me. Selah
6I say to the Lord, “You are my God;
give ear, O Lord, to the voice of my supplications.”7O Lord, my Lord, my strong deliverer,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.8Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their evil plot. Selah
9Those who surround me lift up their heads;
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!10Let burning coals fall on them!
Let them be flung into pits, no more to rise!11Do not let the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil speedily hunt down the violent!
12I know that the Lord maintains the cause of the needy,
and executes justice for the poor.13Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall live in your presence.Chapter 141Prayer for Preservation from Evil
A Psalm of David.
1I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me;
give ear to my voice when I call to you.2Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
3Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.4Do not turn my heart to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with those who work iniquity;
do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5Let the righteous strike me;
let the faithful correct me.
Never let the oil of the wicked anoint my head,
for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds.6When they are given over to those who shall condemn them,
then they shall learn that my words were pleasant.7Like a rock that one breaks apart and shatters on the land,
so shall their bones be strewn at the mouth of Sheol.
8But my eyes are turned toward you, O GOD, my Lord;
in you I seek refuge; do not leave me defenseless.9Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.10Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I alone escape.Chapter 142Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors
A Maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A Prayer.
1With my voice I cry to the Lord;
with my voice I make supplication to the Lord.2I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.3When my spirit is faint,
you know my way.
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.4Look on my right hand and see—
there is no one who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for me.
5I cry to you, O Lord;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”6Give heed to my cry,
for I am brought very low.
Save me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me.7Bring me out of prison,
so that I may give thanks to your name.
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me.Chapter 143Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
A Psalm of David.
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.Chapter 144Prayer for National Deliverance and Security
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.Chapter 145The Greatness and the Goodness of God
Praise. Of David.
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.