The Psalms–Day 8

Day 8 Psalms 92 — 104

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Psalms 92

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to thy name, O Most High;

2 to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night,

3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

4 For thou, O LORD, hast made me glad by thy work; at the works of thy hands I sing for joy.

5 How great are thy works, O LORD! Thy thoughts are very deep!

6 The dull man cannot know, the stupid cannot understand this:

Father, may I obey the third commandment.

Psalms 93

1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. Yea, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

2 thy throne is established from of old; thou art from everlasting.

3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice, the floods lift up their roaring.

4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!

5 Thy decrees are very sure; holiness befits thy house, O LORD, for evermore. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, I will trust in You.

Psalms 94

1 O LORD, thou God of vengeance, thou God of vengeance, shine forth!

2 Rise up, O judge of the earth; render to the proud their deserts!

3 O LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked exult?

4 They pour out their arrogant words, they boast, all the evildoers.

5 They crush thy people, O LORD, and afflict thy heritage.

6 They slay the widow and the sojourner, and murder the fatherless;

7 and they say, "The LORD does not see; the God of Jacob does not perceive."

8 Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise?

9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?

10He who chastens the nations, does he not chastise? He who teaches men knowledge,

11the LORD, knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.

12Blessed is the man whom thou dost chasten, O LORD, and whom thou dost teach out of thy law

13to give him respite from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.

14For the LORD will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage;

15for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers?

17If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.

18When I thought, "My foot slips," thy steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.

19When the cares of my heart are many, thy consolations cheer my soul.

20Can wicked rulers be allied with thee, who frame mischief by statute?

21They band together against the life of the righteous, and condemn the innocent to death.

22But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge.

23He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the LORD our God will wipe them out. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, may I hold onto my faith.

Psalms 95

1 O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also.

5 The sea is his, for he made it; for his hands formed the dry land.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!

7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would hearken to his voice!

8 Harden not your hearts, as at Mer'ibah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

9 when your fathers tested me, and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

10For forty years I loathed that generation and said, "They are a people who err in heart, and they do not regard my ways."

11Therefore I swore in my anger that they should not enter my rest. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, may I praise, thank, and pray to You always.

Psalms 96

1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!

2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but the LORD made the heavens.

6 Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!

9 Worship the LORD in holy array; tremble before him, all the earth!

10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy

13before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, make praise be the atmosphere I live in.

Psalms 97

1 The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!

2 Clouds and thick darkness are round about him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3 Fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries round about.

4 His lightnings lighten the world; the earth sees and trembles.

5 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.

6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.

7 All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.

8 Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of thy judgments, O God.

9 For thou, O LORD, art most high over all the earth; thou art exalted far above all gods.

10The LORD loves those who hate evil; he preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

11Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

12Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name! ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, may I be ready for Jesus to come at any moment.

Psalms 98

A Psalm.

1 O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.

2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.

3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!

6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!

8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together

9 before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father may I praise You with abandon.

Psalms 99

1 The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

2 The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.

3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name! Holy is he!

4 Mighty King, lover of justice, thou hast established equity; thou hast executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5 Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the LORD, and he answered them.

7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his testimonies, and the statutes that he gave them.

8 O LORD our God, thou didst answer them; thou wast a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

9 Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy! ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, may I frequently praise You for extended periods of time.

Psalms 100

A Psalm for the thank offering.

1 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the lands!

2 Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the LORD is God! It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!

5 For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness to all generations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Psalms 101

A Psalm of David.

1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to thee, O LORD, I will sing.

2 I will give heed to the way that is blameless. Oh when wilt thou come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;

3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is base. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cleave to me.

4 Perverseness of heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.

5 Him who slanders his neighbor secretly I will destroy. The man of haughty looks and arrogant heart I will not endure.

6 I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.

7 No man who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no man who utters lies shall continue in my presence.

8 Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all the evildoers from the city of the LORD. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

"I will persevere in the way of integrity." —101:2

Psalms 102

A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to thee!

2 Do not hide thy face from me in the day of my distress! Incline thy ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!

3 For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace.

4 My heart is smitten like grass, and withered; I forget to eat my bread.

5 Because of my loud groaning my bones cleave to my flesh.

6 I am like a vulture of the wilderness, like an owl of the waste places;

7 I lie awake, I am like a lonely bird on the housetop.

8 All the day my enemies taunt me, those who deride me use my name for a curse.

9 For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink,

10because of thy indignation and anger; for thou hast taken me up and thrown me away.

11My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass.

12But thou, O LORD, art enthroned for ever; thy name endures to all generations.

13Thou wilt arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.

14For thy servants hold her stones dear, and have pity on her dust.

15The nations will fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.

16For the LORD will build up Zion, he will appear in his glory;

17he will regard the prayer of the destitute, and will not despise their supplication.

18Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD:

19that he looked down from his holy height, from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,

20to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die;

21that men may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise,

22when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.

23He has broken my strength in mid-course; he has shortened my days.

24"O my God," I say, "take me not hence in the midst of my days, thou whose years endure throughout all generations!"

25Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

26They will perish, but thou dost endure; they will all wear out like a garment. Thou changest them like raiment, and they pass away;

27but thou art the same, and thy years have no end.

28The children of thy servants shall dwell secure; their posterity shall be established before thee. ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Lord, have mercy.

Psalms 103

A Psalm of David.

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,

3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6 The LORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.

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

9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

13As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.

14For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

15As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

17But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,

18to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

19The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

20Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word!

21Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!

22Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! ------------------------------------------------------------------------

May all my being bless His holy name — my mind, spirit, body, emotions, will, sexuality, possessions, family, work, friendships.

Psalms 104

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, thou art very great! Thou art clothed with honor and majesty,

2 who coverest thyself with light as with a garment, who hast stretched out the heavens like a tent,

3 who hast laid the beams of thy chambers on the waters, who makest the clouds thy chariot, who ridest on the wings of the wind,

4 who makest the winds thy messengers, fire and flame thy ministers.

5 Thou didst set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be shaken.

6 Thou didst cover it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.

7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the sound of thy thunder they took to flight.

8 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place which thou didst appoint for them.

9 Thou didst set a bound which they should not pass, so that they might not again cover the earth.

10 Thou makest springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills,

11 they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild asses quench their thirst.

12 By them the birds of the air have their habitation; they sing among the branches.

13 From thy lofty abode thou waterest the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy work.

14 Thou dost cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth,

15 and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man's heart.

16 The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon which he planted.

17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the badgers.

19 Thou hast made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.

20 Thou makest darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep forth.

21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.

22 When the sun rises, they get them away and lie down in their dens.

23 Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening.

24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy creatures.

25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, which teems with things innumerable, living things both small and great.

26 There go the ships, and Leviathan which thou didst form to sport in it.

27 These all look to thee, to give them their food in due season.

28 When thou givest to them, they gather it up; when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good things.

29 When thou hidest thy face, they are dismayed; when thou takest away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

30 When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; and thou renewest the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the LORD endure for ever, may the LORD rejoice in his works,

32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke!

33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.

35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more! Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD! ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Father, may Your creation always bring me joy.

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