Saturday, October 21, 2017

No Doubt - The Path to Moral Clarity

Now that we're back from the Feast, we enter the doldrums between Holy Day seasons, that time between the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day until the Spring season of Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread. 

This time between Holy Day seasons is very different from the one we just left. At the Feast of Tabernacles, we got a glimpse of what the Kingdom of God will be like. Now we're back in the world and our daily routines. Back to that constant spirit of contention and strife.

In addition to the normal stresses of everyday life, every day we are faced with a new dilemma it seems. There's always something. And no matter what it is, there's some kind of highly emotionalized argument made out of it.

People are separated into two camps by how they feel about it or how they should feel about it. The issues are shouted, posted, placarded, and shoved in your face by any means possible in order to get a rise out of you and force you to take a stand. Force you to reveal how you feel about it.

You HAVE to feel one way or another. You can't just remain neutral or non-committal. And woe unto you if you don't agree with the narrative that has been predetermined as the one prevailing majority opinion. You will be ridiculed and called “intolerant”. And they are not tolerant of people who are intolerant.

You must be “inclusive” and by “inclusive” they don’t mean what we would mean when we say we love all of God’s children. No, they mean you must not only embrace their cause but celebrate it. You will especially be called out if you hold Biblical values and faith in God.

Believe it or not, this constant barrage is not accidental. There are people working to fundamentally change America and the Judeo-Christian values, and laws. 


Princeton psychology professor Sabine Kastner discovered that the more stimuli the brain is exposed to, the harder time it has focusing on a single task, which makes us more impulsive. That's because when we are overwhelmed, the limbic system in our brain drives us to do what feels right, not necessarily what is right. And that compels us to embrace new ideas we haven't fully thought through. We simply react based on emotion, not on rational thought or values.

Social activists like George Soros have mastered the exploitation of this phenomena. When people are put upon constantly, relentlessly, without letting up, they will eventually succumb to the pressure. Generally, they succumb in one of two ways, either by adopting a supportive stance or they just stop talking about it to avoid conflict. 




"Spiral of Silence" 

Originally proposed by German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann in 1974, Spiral of silence is the term meant to refer to the tendency of people to remain silent when they feel that their views are in opposition to the majority view on a subject. The theory posits that they remain silent for two reasons:
  1. Fear of isolation when the group or public realizes that the individual has a divergent opinion from the status quo.
  2. Fear of reprisal or more extreme isolation, in the sense that voicing said opinion might lead to a negative consequence beyond that of mere isolation (loss of a job, status, etc.)



  
Either of which satisfies the agenda of the vocal majority. By "vocal majority" I do not mean necessarily the numerical majority. I do not mean that the majority of people are in agreement. By "vocal majority" I mean that opinion that is voiced the loudest, longest, and most pervasively leading us to believe it is the opinion held by most people.

For instance, the LGBTQ lobby would have us believe that 10% or more of people are born gay. The truth is that only 3% or fewer are gay. Studies have further shown that in the vast majority of cases, in the high 90th percentiles, the person was abused as a child. They were not born that way. But the LGBTQ has been given the vocal majority by the media and we are left to believe their narrative. And their agenda moves forward.

Whether we accept it or stay silent, it serves their purpose. Either way it serves to promote their narrative and to silence any opposing opinions in order to alter the perceived majority public opinion and to change public policy.

Daniel prophesied that at the time of the end, the beast system that was formed would have a dramatic impact on the saints.  The saints are God's people who have been sanctified by His Truth and hold certain beliefs and values that align with God's value system.

We do not fit in with the value system of the world and it's already having an impact. Those who don't fit in will find themselves isolated, minimized, ridiculed, and pressured to change. Opposing opinions will not be tolerated. We will be subjected to a never-ending attack in an effort to wear us down.

Dan 7:25 KJV  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

I don't know about you but many days I am worn out! Many of the people I talk to are worn out. The onslaught is relentless.

However, brethren we must endure.

Gal 6:9 KJV  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Jesus questioned whether or not we would faint. He asserted that God would avenge his elect who cry out to him in weary oppression. Yet He questioned whether or not he would find faith on the earth when he returns. Those of us who have been called by God would like to think so. We hope so. We pray so. We pray that we will be found faithful and have the courage and strength to endure to the end. 

Luk 18:7-8 NKJV  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  (8)  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

Faith is always faith in something or someone. The first article of our faith is belief in God and trusting that he rewards those who diligently seek him. (Heb 11:6) There are spiritual attitudes we can fall prey to that chip away at our belief and especially our trust in God.

Jesus told us of four (4) enemies of faith. All four are conveniently located in the book of Matthew. I'll touch on three of them but then I want to expand on the fourth one and how it relates to the overwhelming onslaught we’re experiencing.

In each case they can be identified by the phrase, "O ye of little faith" or "O thou of little faith".

Worry - Anxious Care
Mat 6:30 KJV  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 

Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.  Don't worry or fret, God will provide for you.

Fear
Mat 8:23-26 KJV  And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.  (24)  And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.  (25)  And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  (26)  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? 

God has not given us a spirit of fear; but power and of love and of a sound mind. (2Tim 1:7)
  
Human Reason
Mat 16:6-8, 12 KJV  Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  (7)  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.  (8)  Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?  (12)  Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Human reason apart from the wisdom of God can lead to disastrous results when every man does what seems right in his own eyes. (Prov 12:15; 21:2)



Quick sidebar by way of example –
Ref. 2 Chronicles 10. (parallel account in 1 Kings 12)

When King Solomon died, his son Rehoboam was made king. Before Solomon died he had invoked some stiff taxes which was one of the reasons the Northern 10 tribes divided themselves from the Southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

Rehoboam went to Shechem to see about reuniting the kingdom and becoming king over the Northern tribes again.

They pleaded that if he would reduce the tax burden they would once again serve the Southern government. Rehoboam requested they wait 3 days for him to make a decision.

What did Rehoboam do? He met with the wise counsellors who had advised King Solomon from the days of his youth.

They advised him that if he would reduce the tax burden on the northern tribes of Israel the kingdom would be reunited and they would serve him all their days. I suspect this was the original counsel they had offered to Solomon in the first place before he invoked such a burdensome tax.

But what did Rehoboam do? Instead of listening to his wise counselors, he did what so many young people do today. Instead of listening to the wise advice of their parents and elders, he posted it on Facebook.

And he got many "Likes" and Comments that validated the course of action he already wanted to take. His friends didn't want him to get mad at them or defriend them, so like good friends, they told Rehoboam what he wanted to hear so they could all still be friends.

So, Rehoboam hearkened to his friends and the rest is history.

He increased taxes, the kingdom remained divided and both halves eventually went into captivity. So, the lesson is, it's important not only to seek counsel but to seek wise godly counsel. (Prov 24:6) Not just seek validation for what you’ve already decided.



Doubt
Mat 14:24-31 KJV  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  (25)  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  (26)  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  (27)  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  (28)  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  (29)  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  (30)  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  (31)  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
  
 It is this fourth faith destroyer I want to explore with you today. Doubt is the cornerstone of every crisis of faith. And here's why.

Doubt is to be uncertain about something, to consider it questionable or lack trust in it. If we didn't doubt God and Christ, we wouldn't worry, we wouldn't be fearful, and we wouldn't try to figure it out on our own.

While Peter was totally focused on Christ, his faith was strong. Strong enough, in fact, to do the impossible. He walked on water!

When he took his eyes off Christ, he lost focus, he wavered, he waffled, he saw the wind and waves around him, he faltered, and he sank.

The same thing happens to us. When we take our focus off Christ, we're susceptible to other ideas, ideas that run counter to our faith. If we’re not careful, our faith can sink as well.

So why did Peter doubt?

Peter took his eyes off Christ and focused on himself. While he was focused on Jesus he gave no thought to the conditions around him. When Jesus told Peter to come, he didn’t even think about it, he just went. His faith and trust were in Jesus, that Jesus would make it so he too could walk on water.

But when he came to his senses he saw the wind and the waves. He couldn’t believe what he was doing. He, Peter, was walking on water?! How could that be?

The circumstances around him caused him to lose faith in Jesus. Not his faith in who Jesus was. But he doubted that Jesus could or would empower him to walk on water.

When we become doubtful, isn't that what we're doubtful about?

We have no doubt that God is God. We have no doubt that He can do all things. What we doubt is why would he do it for me! Why would He answer my prayer?

We don't doubt God's existence or his ability to do the impossible, to do whatever he pleases, but we doubt that he would do so for the likes of us. Why would the Almighty Sovereign Ruler of the Universe do anything for me, even me?

This is what David was really asking when he asked in Psalm 8:4, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” Why would God take an interest in me?

This is the crux of faith. This is at the very core of our faith. 

The very first fundamental article of faith is Hebrews 11:6, that to have faith we must believe that He is, and we have no problem with that. 
But it's that second part where we sink in the waves. ...and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him

So, we question –
Do I diligently seek him?
Am I being diligent enough? 
Am I worshiping God correctly?
Am I praying the right way?
Am I coming to God in the right way? (protocol)
Am I living God's Way of life properly?
Am I studying enough?
Am I praying often enough?
Am I praying about the right things?
Am I diligent enough for God to reward me, even me?

Ultimately, what it comes down to is, we wonder if we're good enough. Are we worthy? We're not. In and of ourselves, we're not. We're not worthy of the exceeding great and precious promises of God and his Kingdom.

But Christ is.

Christ tells us that if we expect to enter the Kingdom, we must become like a little child, totally trusting in Him. We must put our faith in Him and stay focused on Him. 

Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Have you ever watched a little child learning how to walk? Typically, you have Daddy at one end and Mommy a few feet away at the other end. You tell the child to walk to Daddy. And as long as the child is focused on Daddy, she toddles along. But as soon as she realizes that she's walking, she wavers and falls or sits down. As soon as she takes her eyes off Daddy and becomes focused on herself, she falters. Her faith and trust in Daddy with Mommy's encouragement empowered her to do something she had never done before. To walk.

Like Peter did when he first jumped out of the boat. He had his eyes on Christ. But then...

Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. (Heb 12:2) As long as we stay focused on Christ we can do the impossible! We can live and thrive in the midst of our enemies in a war-torn world bent on our destruction.

Where is OUR focus?

To overcome doubt, we must remain steadfastly focused on God and Christ. 

Doubt is to waver between two thoughts or opinions. We can see both sides but we’re unsure which is correct.

There are those whose sole mission is to inject doubt among the populace, especially people of faith. It's called cognitive dissonance. If you can get someone to see both sides of the issue, you have a better chance to sway them to your side. If you can get them to consider even one situation where their position is unreasonable, you can begin to break them down.

Take abortion for example. Is abortion wrong in all cases? What about if the health of the mother is in danger? What about in the case of rape or incest? What about if there is something wrong with the baby? What about if the child is unwanted, or the parents were not capable of supporting it? What kind of life would it have? Is that fair to the baby?

If they can get even the slightest agreement, they can get you to be sympathetic to the cause of abortion, chipping away at your faith a little at a time causing you to waffle and waver and lead you down the path to where abortion is acceptable under any circumstance the mother chooses.

Today there's a war waging for your hearts and minds.

Jas 1:2-8 KJV  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  (3)  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  (4)  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  (5)  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  (6)  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  (7)  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  (8)  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.


We are constantly bombarded with information, facts, truths, lies, information, and disinformation. It's difficult and nearly impossible to sort it out. And the information is packed with emotional appeal. It attempts to sway our opinion by getting us to feel a certain way about it, to be double-minded and more accepting and tolerant.

We need to strip away the emotions, strip away the guise masking the ulterior motive behind it and examine it with moral clarity. Moral clarity that only Christ can bring.

God's Word gives us moral clarity. We can readily discern the issues of life so that we don't follow cunningly devised fables. (2Pet 1:16) No more tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Eph 4:14)

We can speak from the strength of our conviction. If our conviction in the Word of God is strong, the conviction of our faith will be strong and our moral clarity sure and crystal clear. We are not tossed about by the constant doubt injected by the public policy hucksters who attempt to cause us to be double-minded with their continual rantings and emotional outrage.

How firmly do we have these things fixed in our minds? Do we know, and know that we know? Could someone come along and plant a seed of doubt causing us to waver between two opinions? The “evil one” will tell us 99 truths in order to plant just one seed of doubt.

Do we have moral clarity burned into our minds allowing us to instantly discern a falsehood or deceit? How do we cultivate moral clarity?

We must guard the doorway to our minds. We must examine every word and thought before allowing it to pass into our minds and lodge in our hearts.

2Co 10:3-6 KJV  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (4)  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  (5)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  (6)  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Before we allow a thought to enter our minds we filter it through the lens of Jesus Christ. Filter it through the Word of God. And if it’s not in alignment with God’s Word, we reject it. We cannot afford to let them chip away at our faith.

Instead we need to pull down the strong holds, those so called “majority opinions”, those beliefs that are not grounded in the Word of God. If it doesn’t pass the test, we need to cast it down. Cast down any idea that is contrary to the Word of God.

If we keep our minds focused on the Kingdom of God and of his Christ, and practice those things in accordance with his righteousness, we will have the moral clarity we need to discern between dissenting opinions and to cast them aside.

By keeping our minds focused on the things of God, drawing near to him, he will keep our hearts and minds in perfect peace and draw near to us.

Jas 4:7-10 KJV  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  (8)  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  (9)  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  (10)  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

We need to draw near to God, purify our hearts and minds, and he will draw near to us. Instead of being double minded, we have the mind of Christ.

We are under attack in an attempt to wear us down and wear us out. Our Biblical world view is considered outdated and our beliefs intolerant. There is an unrelenting force out there trying to get us to change our beliefs and to compromise the word of God. We must not compromise the Word of Almighty God!

If not compromising the Word of God is intolerant, then count me among the intolerant. We cannot afford to be lukewarm on these issues brethren.

Either we’re walking on the water or we’re sinking.

Either we’re looking to Christ for our salvation or we’re sinking in the mire of decadent decay. There’s no in between.

There are Four (4) Enemies of Faith that are being exploited every day by those who would tempt us through emotional appeals to make just one exception to our stodgy outdated belief system and to be more tolerant and accepting of other viewpoints and lifestyles.

The Four Enemies of Faith are –

Worry - Anxious Care
Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.  Don't worry or fret, God will provide for you.

Fear
God has not given us a spirit of fear; but power and of love and of a sound mind.
  
Human Reason
Human reason apart from the wisdom of God can lead to disastrous results when every man does what seems right in his own eyes. Don’t be like Rehoboam in 2 Chronicles chapter 10. Seek counsel among the wise and the experienced.

Doubt
About this one we spoke much as it is at the foundation of each of the others. It can shipwreck our faith and cause us to be double-minded and unstable in all our ways. Overcoming doubt is at the very core of our faith.

We overcome doubt by keeping our eyes focused on Christ. We put on Christ for it is he only who is righteous, our only hope of salvation and the glory of God.

We can’t have one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom. We must not allow the world to get even one toehold in our sanctified kingdom with their contentious, emotionally charged appeals to be more inclusive and tolerant. We must recognize the attack for what it is and have the fortitude to stand against it for our sake, for the sake of our families, and for the sake of the cause of Christ.

When we embrace their concepts, we become friends with the world, and according to James 4:4 we become the enemy of God. We can’t help but doubt that God would do anything for us. 
Jas 4:4 KJV  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

When we do not have a clear conscience before God, we lose confidence, we doubt. If we have a guilty conscience, we doubt God’s grace toward us.

1Jn 3:19-22 KJV  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.  (20)  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  (21)  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  (22)  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.


It is only through the moral clarity of God’s Word and the simplicity of living God’s way of life in humble obedience that we can readily discern the issues of life. It’s through the lens of Christ that we guard the doorway to our minds. We pull down the strongholds of prevailing opinions that run counter to the Truth of God bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

We draw near to God in humble obedience like a little child. We look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. We cleanse our minds and purify our hearts through the washing of the water of the Word of God. As we draw near to God with a repentant and humble heart, our conscience is cleared and the peace of God which passes all understanding washes over us. So, let’s not worry, let’s not fear, let’s not engage in faulty reasoning, let’s not doubt despite the circumstances around us.

2Co 4:7-18 KJV  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  (8)  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  (9)  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  (10)  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  (11)  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.  (12)  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  (13)  We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;  (14)  Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.  (15)  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.  (16)  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.  (17)  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  (18)  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We maybe under constant attack against anything that is of God and faith. But if we renew the inward man day by day we will have the moral fortitude and clarity to stand against the trials of our faith and endure to the end.

1Pe 1:7-9 KJV  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  (8)  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  (9)  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The road ahead is long and tiresome. Don’t sink under the waves of this world. Look to Christ and live. When he returns will he find faith?

No doubt.





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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Selah"

There are 74 verses in the Bible where God tells us, "Selah". It's not meant as a word we're to read but an instruction - to pause, and calmly think on that, to meditate on that, to let the words sink in deeply. Here they are:

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Psa 3:1-8 KJV
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
(1)  LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
(2)  Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
(3)  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
(4)  I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
(5)  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
(6)  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
(7)  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
(8)  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.



Psa 4:1-5 KJV
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.
(1)  Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
(2)  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
(3)  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
(4)  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
(5)  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.



Psa 7:1-6 KJV
Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
(1)  O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
(2)  Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
(3)  O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
(4)  If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
(5)  Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
(6)  Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.



Psa 9:16-20 KJV
(16)  The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
(17)  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
(18)  For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
(19)  Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
(20)  Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.



Psa 20:1-9 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
(1)  The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
(2)  Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
(3)  Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
(4)  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
(5)  We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
(6)  Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
(7)  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
(8)  They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
(9)  Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.



Psa 21:1-7 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
(1)  The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
(2)  Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
(3)  For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
(4)  He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
(5)  His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
(6)  For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.
(7)  For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.



Psa 24:1-10 KJV
A Psalm of David.
(1)  The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
(2)  For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
(3)  Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
(4)  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
(5)  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
(6)  This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
(7)  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall 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 ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
(10)  Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.



Psa 32:1-11 KJV
A Psalm of David, Maschil.
(1)  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
(2)  Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
(3)  When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
(4)  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
(5)  I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
(6)  For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
(7)  Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
(8)  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
(9)  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
(10)  Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
(11)  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.




Psa 39:4-5 KJV
(4)  LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
(5)  Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.



Psa 39:6-13 KJV
(6)  Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
(7)  And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
(8)  Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
(9)  I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
(10)  Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
(11)  When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
(12)  Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
(13)  O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.



Psa 44:1-8 KJV
To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.
(1)  We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
(2)  How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
(3)  For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
(4)  Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
(5)  Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
(6)  For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
(7)  But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
(8)  In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.



Psa 46:1-11 KJV
To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.
(1)  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
(2)  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
(3)  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
(4)  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
(5)  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
(6)  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
(7)  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
(8)  Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
(9)  He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
(10)  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
(11)  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.



Psa 47:1-4 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
(1)  O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
(2)  For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
(3)  He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
(4)  He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.



Psa 48:1-8 KJV
A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.
(1)  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
(2)  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
(3)  God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
(4)  For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
(5)  They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
(6)  Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
(7)  Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
(8)  As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.



Psa 49:1-20 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
(1)  Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
(2)  Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
(3)  My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
(4)  I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
(5)  Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
(6)  They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
(7)  None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
(8)  (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
(9)  That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
(10)  For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
(11)  Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
(12)  Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
(13)  This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
(14)  Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
(15)  But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
(16)  Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
(17)  For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
(18)  Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
(19)  He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
(20)  Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.



Psa 50:1-6 KJV
A Psalm of Asaph.
(1)  The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
(2)  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
(3)  Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
(4)  He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
(5)  Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
(6)  And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.



Psa 52:1-9 KJV
To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.
(1)  Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.
(2)  Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
(3)  Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
(4)  Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
(5)  God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.
(6)  The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:
(7)  Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
(8)  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.
(9)  I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.



Psa 54:1-7 KJV
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?
(1)  Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.
(2)  Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
(3)  For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.
(4)  Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
(5)  He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.
(6)  I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good.
(7)  For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.



Psa 55:1-8 KJV
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David.
(1)  Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
(2)  Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
(3)  Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
(4)  My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
(5)  Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
(6)  And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
(7)  Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
(8)  I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.



Psa 55:16-19 KJV
(16)  As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
(17)  Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
(18)  He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
(19)  God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.



Psa 57:1-11 KJV
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.
(1)  Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
(2)  I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
(3)  He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
(4)  My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
(5)  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
(6)  They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
(7)  My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
(8)  Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
(9)  I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
(10)  For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
(11)  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.



Psa 59:1-17 KJV
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
(1)  Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
(2)  Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
(3)  For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
(4)  They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
(5)  Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
(6)  They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
(7)  Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
(8)  But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
(9)  Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
(10)  The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
(11)  Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
(12)  For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
(13)  Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
(14)  And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
(15)  Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
(16)  But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
(17)  Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.



Psa 60:1-12 KJV
To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.
(1)  O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
(2)  Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
(3)  Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
(4)  Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
(5)  That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
(6)  God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
(7)  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
(8)  Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
(9)  Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
(10)  Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
(11)  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
(12)  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.



Psa 61:1-8 KJV
To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.
(1)  Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
(2)  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
(3)  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
(4)  I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
(5)  For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
(6)  Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
(7)  He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
(8)  So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.



Psa 62:1-12 KJV
To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.
(1)  Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
(2)  He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
(3)  How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
(4)  They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
(5)  My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
(6)  He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
(7)  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
(8)  Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
(9)  Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
(10)  Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
(11)  God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
(12)  Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.



Psa 66:1-20 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.
(1)  Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
(2)  Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
(3)  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
(4)  All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
(5)  Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
(6)  He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
(7)  He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
(8)  O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
(9)  Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
(10)  For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
(11)  Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
(12)  Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
(13)  I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
(14)  Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
(15)  I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
(16)  Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
(17)  I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
(18)  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
(19)  But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
(20)  Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.



Psa 67:1-7 KJV
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.
(1)  God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
(2)  That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
(3)  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
(4)  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
(5)  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
(6)  Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
(7)  God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.



Psa 68:7-10 KJV
(7)  O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
(8)  The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
(9)  Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
(10)  Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.



Psa 68:19-23 KJV
(19)  Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
(20)  He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.
(21)  But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
(22)  The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
(23)  That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.



Psa 68:32-35 KJV
(32)  Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
(33)  To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
(34)  Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
(35)  O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.



Psa 75:1-10 KJV
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.
(1)  Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.
(2)  When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.
(3)  The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.
(4)  I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
(5)  Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.
(6)  For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
(7)  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
(8)  For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.
(9)  But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
(10)  All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.



Psa 76:1-12 KJV
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.
(1)  In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.
(2)  In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.
(3)  There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.
(4)  Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.
(5)  The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.
(6)  At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.
(7)  Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
(8)  Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
(9)  When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
(10)  Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.
(11)  Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
(12)  He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth.



Psa 77:1-20 KJV
To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.
(1)  I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.
(2)  In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.
(3)  I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.
(4)  Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
(5)  I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.
(6)  I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
(7)  Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?
(8)  Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?
(9)  Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
(10)  And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.
(11)  I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
(12)  I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
(13)  Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
(14)  Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
(15)  Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
(16)  The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
(17)  The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.
(18)  The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.
(19)  Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
(20)  Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.



Psa 81:1-7 KJV
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.
(1)  Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.
(2)  Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
(3)  Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.
(4)  For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
(5)  This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not.
(6)  I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
(7)  Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.



Psa 82:1-8 KJV
A Psalm of Asaph.
(1)  God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
(2)  How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
(3)  Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
(4)  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
(5)  They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
(6)  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
(7)  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
(8)  Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.



Psa 83:1-8 KJV
A Song or Psalm of Asaph.
(1)  Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
(2)  For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
(3)  They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
(4)  They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
(5)  For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
(6)  The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
(7)  Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
(8)  Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.



Psa 84:4-12 KJV
(4)  Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
(5)  Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
(6)  Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
(7)  They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
(8)  O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
(9)  Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
(10)  For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
(11)  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
(12)  O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.



Psa 85:1-13 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
(1)  LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
(2)  Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
(3)  Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
(4)  Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
(5)  Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
(6)  Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
(7)  Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
(8)  I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
(9)  Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
(10)  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
(11)  Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
(12)  Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
(13)  Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.



Psa 87:1-7 KJV
A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.
(1)  His foundation is in the holy mountains.
(2)  The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
(3)  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
(4)  I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
(5)  And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
(6)  The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
(7)  As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.



Psa 88:1-18 KJV
A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.
(1)  O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
(2)  Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
(3)  For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.
(4)  I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
(5)  Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
(6)  Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
(7)  Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
(8)  Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
(9)  Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
(10)  Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
(11)  Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
(12)  Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
(13)  But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.
(14)  LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
(15)  I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
(16)  Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
(17)  They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.
(18)  Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.



Psa 89:1-4 KJV
Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
(1)  I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
(2)  For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.
(3)  I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
(4)  Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.



Psa 89:34-52 KJV
(34)  My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
(35)  Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
(36)  His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
(37)  It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
(38)  But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed.
(39)  Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown by casting it to the ground.
(40)  Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.
(41)  All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.
(42)  Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
(43)  Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
(44)  Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
(45)  The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
(46)  How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
(47)  Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
(48)  What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
(49)  Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
(50)  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
(51)  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
(52)  Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.



Psa 140:1-13 KJV
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
(1)  Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;
(2)  Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.
(3)  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.
(4)  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
(5)  The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.
(6)  I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.
(7)  O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
(8)  Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah.
(9)  As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.
(10)  Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.
(11)  Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.
(12)  I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.
(13)  Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.



Psa 143:1-12 KJV
A Psalm of David.
(1)  Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.
(2)  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
(3)  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.
(4)  Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.
(5)  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.
(6)  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.
(7)  Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
(8)  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
(9)  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.
(10)  Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
(11)  Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
(12)  And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.



Hab 3:1-19 KJV

Habakkuk's Prayer
(1)  A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
(2)  O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
(3)  God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
(4)  And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
(5)  Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
(6)  He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
(7)  I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
(8)  Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
(9)  Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
(10)  The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
(11)  The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
(12)  Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
(13)  Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
(14)  Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
(15)  Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
(16)  When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
(17)  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
(18)  Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
(19)  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.


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