5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018
First pray to God, like David:
In easy times I’d felt secure from all life’s ills:
Your hand upheld me, LORD, like Zion’s timeless hills;
But with your smile no longer there assurance plunged to deep despair.
To you, O LORD, I cried: ‘What can my death achieve?
From bones among the dust what praise will you receive?
O LORD, be merciful to me! Come quickly, help me hear my plea!’
O how I leapt for joy as grief was put to flight!
My sackcloth you removed and clothed me with delight,
That you, O LORD, I might adore and give you thanks for evermore. Amen.
- A psalm; a dedication song for the house. Of David.
- I will exalt you, LORD, because you have lifted me up and have not allowed my enemies to triumph over me. 2 LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me. 3 LORD, you brought me up from Sheol; you spared me from among those going down to the Pit.
- 4 Sing to the LORD, you his faithful ones, and praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor, a lifetime. Weeping may stay overnight, but there is joy in the morning.
- 6 When I was secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.” 7 LORD, when you showed your favor, you made me stand like a strong mountain; when you hid your face, I was terrified. 8 LORD, I called to you; I sought favor from my Lord: 9 “What gain is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your truth? 10 LORD, listen and be gracious to me; Lord, be my helper.”
- 11 You turned my lament into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, 12 so that I can sing to you and not be silent. LORD my God, I will praise you forever.
For yourself, pray:
- That you praise God today and forever
Other people to pray for:
- For Christians who are recovering from illness or injury
A psalm setting to listen to:
- Listen to Psalm 30 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)