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Psalm 1         

But his delight is in the Law of the Lord and in His Law doth he meditate day and night (2x)

1. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of
    the ungodly, Nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits
    in the way of the scornful.             Chorus.

2. He shall be like a tree that’s planted by the rivers of
    water which brings forth in its season whatever shall
    prosper.                                           Chorus.

3. The ungodly are not so-but like the chaff which the
    wind drives away. Nor stand with the righteous, for
    the Lord knows His own.               Chorus.

About Psalm 1:

True Happiness.

This is the beginning of the 150 Psalms. It advises one not to follow the counsel of the wicked; nor walk in the way of sinners or sit in the company of the scorners. Be careful when choosing one’s friends- those you sit, follow and walk  with. It is a contrast between good and evil. Delight in the Lord ,you can follow Him safely and be happy.

Psalm 1
Happy those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers.
Rather, the law of the Lord is their joy;
God's law they study day and night.

They are like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season;
Its leaves never wither;
whatever they do prospers.

But not the wicked! They are like chaff driven by the wind.

Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.

The Lord watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.



Psalm 2         

Blest are those who trust in the Lord.(2x)

1. Why do the nations rage and people utter folly?
     Kings of the earth rise up,
     Princes meet together against the anointed one,
     Let us break their fetters from us.                                  Chorus.

2.  He who is in heaven, the Lord laughs
     Then in anger He speaks to them
      I myself have set up a King
      On my holy mountain.                                                    Chorus.

3.   The Lord said to me "You are My Son"
      This day have I begotten You
      ask of me and I will give
      The nations for an inheritance.                                      Chorus.

4.   Serve the Lord with fear
      Rejoice before Him
      Happy are all who take refuge in Him
      Blest are all who trust in Him.                                      Chorus

About Psalm 2:

The Universal Reign of the Messiah

This is a Messianic Psalm, it refers to the Messiah. The psalmist depicts the revolt of the nations against God and his anointed Son, God’s answer.

Psalm 2
Why do the nations protest and the peoples grumble in vain?
Kings on earth rise up and princes plot together against the Lord and his anointed:

"Let us break their shackles and cast off their chains!"

The one enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord derides them,

Then speaks to them in anger, terrifies them in wrath:

"I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain."

I will proclaim the decree of the Lord, who said to me, "You are my son;
today I am your father.

Only ask it of me, and I will make your inheritance the nations, your possession the ends of the earth.

With an iron rod you shall shepherd them, like a clay pot you will shatter them."

And now, kings, give heed;
take warning, rulers on earth.

Serve the Lord with fear;
with trembling bow down in homage,

Lest God be angry and you perish from the way in a sudden blaze of anger.

Happy are all who take refuge in God!




Psalm 3         

But You O lord are my shield
My Glory and the lifter of my head
And when I called upon the lord
You heard me from Your Hill.

 1.  O Lord how many my enemies
      How many rise against me
      They’re saying there is no salvation
      For him in His God.

 2.  Rise up O lord and save me
      From all my enemies
      Strike the wicked on the cheek
      Salvation is the Lords!

About Psalm 3:

A psalm of David, (by the way David wrote 73 Psalms)
This Psalm tells about David fleeing from his own son Absalom. Can you imagine how horrible that must have been?  David sings “But You O Lord are my shield, my glory"

Psalm 3
A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
How many are my foes, Lord!

How many rise against me!

How many say of me,
"God will not save that one."

But you, Lord, are a shield around me;
my glory, you keep my head high.

Whenever I cried out to the Lord, I was answered from the holy mountain.

Whenever I lay down and slept, the Lord preserved me to rise again.

I do not fear, then, thousands of people arrayed against me on every side.

Arise, Lord! Save me, my God!
You will shatter the jaws of all my foes;
you will break the teeth of the wicked.

Safety comes from the Lord!

Your blessing for your people!



Psalm 4         

When I call answer me Lord
Have pity on me, hear my prayer
When I call answer me Lord
Have pity on me, hear my prayer.

1.  Know that the Lord does wonders for us
     Lord hear when I call
     Offer just sacrifices
     And trust in the lord.

2.  Lord let the light of your continence shine
     Shine upon us
     Put gladness into my heart, O lord
     For you are my security.


About Psalm 4:        

Joyful Confidence in God.

David composed this and gave it to the Leader, the Chief Musician (who might have been the Choir Director) David even tells  the person  which instruments to use. In this psalm it is “stringed instruments”. We will see as we go on that David even made the instruments.

Remember he is a man’s after God’s own heart.

Psalm 4
For the leader; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
Answer when I call, my saving God.

In my troubles, you cleared a way;
show me favor; hear my prayer.

How long will you people mock my honor, love what is worthless, chase after lies?

Know that the Lord works wonders for the faithful;
the Lord hears when I call out.

Tremble and do not sin;
upon your beds ponder in silence.

Offer fitting sacrifice and trust in the Lord.

Many say, "May we see better times!

Lord, show us the light of your face!"

But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound.

In peace I shall both lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me secure.



Psalm 5        

Hearken to my words O lord
Attend to my sighing
Hearken to my words O lord
My King and my God.

 For You take no delight in the wicked
No evil man shall stand
You hate all  who do evil
The deceitful the Lord hates.

 Because of Your loving kindness
I will enter Your House
I will worship at your Temple
In  fear of You, O lord.

Let all take refuge in You
Be glad and exalt forever
O Lord bless  the just man
Surround him with Your shield.

About Psalm 5:

Prayer for Divine Help

A psalm of David for the Chief Musician. The musician is instructed  to use wind instruments. The Psalmist prays “at dawn”, he calls upon God who hates sinners, he trusts in divine guidance for himself .

Psalm 5
For the leader; with wind instruments. A psalm of David.
Hear my words, O Lord;
listen to my sighing.

Hear my cry for help, my king, my God! To you I pray, O Lord;
at dawn you will hear my cry;
at dawn I will plead before you and wait.

You are not a god who delights in evil;
no wicked person finds refuge with you;
the arrogant cannot stand before you.

You hate all who do evil;
you destroy all who speak falsely.

Murderers and deceivers the Lord abhors.

But I can enter your house because of your great love. I can worship in your holy temple because of my reverence for you, Lord.

Guide me in your justice because of my foes;
make straight your way before me.

For there is no sincerity in their mouths;
their hearts are corrupt.

Their throats are open graves;
on their tongues are subtle lies.

Declare them guilty, God;
make them fall by their own devices.

Drive them out for their many sins;
they have rebelled against you.

Then all who take refuge in you will be glad and forever shout for joy. Protect them that you may be the joy of those who love your name.

For you, Lord, bless the just;
you surround them with favor like a shield.

Psalm 6         

O Lord reprove me not
In Your anger
Nor chastise me
In Your wrath.

My soul is terrified
Return and save my life
Rescue me because
Of Your loving kindness.

I am wearied with sighing
I drench my bed with tears
My eyes are dimmed with sorrow
For my soul waits for You.

 The Lord has heard my crying
The Lord has heard my pleas
The Lord accepts my prayer
The Lord saved me.

About Psalm 6:   

Prayer in Time of Distress

Again David presents this Psalm to the Chief Musician  and tells him to use string instruments “upon the eighth”  ( which  is for the bass section). This Psalm is the first of the Penitential Psalms. The Psalmist begs God for His mercy. Try to imagine David crying out to the Lord in his time of distress, perhaps  we , at times beg God for mercy.

Psalm 6
For the leader; with stringed instruments, "upon the eighth." A psalm of David.
Do not reprove me in your anger, Lord, nor punish me in your wrath.

Have pity on me, Lord, for I am weak; heal me, Lord, for my bones are trembling.

In utter terror is my soul - and you, Lord, how long...?

Turn, Lord, save my life; in your mercy rescue me.

For who among the dead remembers you? Who praises you in Sheol?

I am wearied with sighing; all night long tears drench my bed; my couch is soaked with weeping.

My eyes are dimmed with sorrow, worn out because of all my foes.

Away from me, all who do evil! The Lord has heard my weeping.

The Lord has heard my prayer; the Lord takes up my plea.

My foes will be terrified and disgraced; all will fall back in sudden shame



Psalm 7         

O Lord my God in You I take refuge
Save me from my enemies
O Lord my God in You I take refuge
Save me from all of my foes.

O Lord my God if I’m guilty
If I’m at fault and sinned
Let the enemies take me
Let him trample me down.

Rise up O Lord in Your anger
Rise up against my foes
Do me justice O lord
Searcher of hearts and soul.

A shield before me is God
Who saves the upright of heart
A just God is our God
Our God of justice.

 I will give thanks to the Lord
For His justice
I will sing praise to His Name
The Name of the Most High.

About Psalm 7:    

An Appeal to the Divine Judge

A Plaintive song of David which he sang to the Lord because of the news that Cush the Benjaminite gave him. No doubt David sang this in a somber voice. Read 2 Samuel 18:9-33 to read about Cush.  It is an amazing tale of David’s love for his son Absolom, even after his son  betrays him.

Psalm 7
A plaintive song of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, the Benjaminite.
Lord my God, in you I take refuge; rescue me; save me from all who pursue me, lest they maul me like lions, tear me to pieces with none to save.

Lord my God, if I am at fault in this, if there is guilt on my hands, if I have repaid my friend with evil, I spared even those who hated me without cause.

Then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life to the ground, and leave me dishonored in the dust.

Rise up, Lord, in your anger; rise against the fury of my foes. Wake to judge as you have decreed.

Have the assembly of the peoples gather about you; sit on your throne high above them.

O Lord, judge of the nations. Grant me justice, Lord, for I am blameless, free of any guilt.

Bring the malice of the wicked to an end; uphold the innocent, O God of justice, who tries hearts and minds.

A shield before me is God who saves the honest heart.

God is a just judge, who rebukes in anger every day.

If sinners do not repent, God sharpens his sword, strings and readies the bow, prepares his deadly shafts, makes arrows blazing thunderbolts.

Sinners conceive iniquity; pregnant with mischief, they give birth to failure.

They open a hole and dig it deep, but fall into the pit they have dug.

Their mischief comes back upon themselves; their violence falls on their own heads.

I praise the justice of the Lord; I celebrate the name of the Lord Most High.


Psalm 8         

O Lord Our God how glorious Your Name
Over all the earth
You exalted Your Name above the heavens
How glorious is Your Name.

1.    When I behold the heavens
       Work of your fingers
       Moon and stars you set in power
       How glorious is Your Name.

2.    What is man You care for him
       Son of man you should care
       You have made him less than angels
       And crowned him with glory.

3.    You have given him rule over Your works
       Putting all things at his feet
       All the sheep and oxen
      Yes all the beasts of the field.

About Psalm 8 :

The Majesty of God and the Dignity of Man

David wrote this Psalm for the Chief Musician and instructed him to play it “upon the gittith”( a gittith is a harp).

After contrasting man’s finite nature with God’s infinite majesty, the psalmist extols the dignity and power to which God has raised man.

Psalm 8
For the leader; "upon the gittith." A psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! You have set your majesty above the heavens!

Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have drawn a defense against your foes, to silence enemy and avenger.

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars that you set in place

What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them little less than a god, crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them rule over the works of your hands, put all things at their feet:

All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!




Psalm 9         

I will give thanks to You ,O Lord
With all my heart, with all my heart
I will give thanks to You Lord
With all my heart and all my heart.

1. You upheld my cause
    Seated on Your Throne
    You rebuked the nations
    And blotted them out forever.

2. The Lord sits enthroned in heaven
    He judges the world with justice
    He’s a stronghold for oppressed
    Will not forsake His own.

3. Sing Praise to the Lord
    Proclaim His deeds
    Rise up O Lord
    Let the nations see You, Lord.

About Psalm 9: Thanksgiving for the overthrow of Hostile Nations

Again David gives this Psalm to his Chief Musician  and instructs him to “according to Muthlabben” which means   give it to the sopranos. David has conquered  a enemy nation and gives all praise and thanks to the Lord.

Psalm 9
For the leader; according to Muth Labben. A psalm of David.
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds.

I will delight and rejoice in you; I will sing hymns to your name, Most High.

For my enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.

You upheld my right and my cause, seated on your throne, judging justly.

You rebuked the nations, you destroyed the wicked; their name you blotted out for all time.

The enemies have been ruined forever; you destroyed their cities; their memory has perished.

The Lord rules forever, has set up a throne for judgment.

It is God who governs the world with justice, who judges the peoples with fairness.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Those who honor your name trust in you; you never forsake those who seek you, Lord.

Sing hymns to the Lord enthroned on Zion; proclaim God's deeds among the nations!

For the avenger of bloodshed remembers, does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

Have mercy on me, Lord; see how my foes afflict me! You alone can raise me from the gates of death.

Then I will declare all your praises, sing joyously of your salvation in the gates of daughter Zion.

The nations fall into the pit they dig; in the snare they hide, their own foot is caught.

The Lord is revealed in this divine rule: by the deeds they do the wicked are trapped.

Psalm 10         

Rise up O Lord
Lift Your Hand
Forget not your people
Rise up O Lord
Lift Your hand
Forget not your own.

1. Lord why do you stand aloof?
    Why hide in times of distress?
    The wicked man glories in his greed
    Why Lord stand aloof?

 2. The wicked’s mouth full of guile
    His tongue is full of mischief
    He says in his heart
   God has forgotten them.

3. The Lord is King forever
    The desires of the afflicted He hears.
    Strengthening their hearts
    You pay heed.

About Psalm 10-  Prayer for Help against Oppressors.

David complains to God of the pride of the wicked. It is a Psalm contrasting the evil thoughts of the enemy and those of the Israelites calling on God. “Rise O Lord lift up Your Hand ,Forget not your afflicted”

Psalm 10
Why, Lord, do you stand at a distance and pay no heed to these troubled times?

Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor; they trap them by their cunning schemes.

The wicked even boast of their greed; these robbers curse and scorn the Lord.

In their insolence the wicked boast: "God doesn't care, doesn't even exist."

Yet their affairs always succeed; they ignore your judgment on high; they sneer at all who oppose them.

They say in their hearts, "We will never fall; never will we see misfortune."

Their mouths are full of oaths, violence, and lies; discord and evil are under their tongues.

They wait in ambush near towns; their eyes watch for the helpless. to murder the innocent in secret.

They lurk in ambush like lions in a thicket, hide there to trap the poor, snare them and close the net.

The helpless are crushed, laid low; they fall into the power of the wicked,

Who say in their hearts, "God pays no attention, shows no concern, never bothers to look."

Rise up, Lord God! Raise your arm! Do not forget the poor!

Why should the wicked scorn God, say in their hearts, "God doesn't care"?

But you do see; you do observe this misery and sorrow; you take the matter in hand. To you the helpless can entrust their cause; you are the defender of orphans.

Break the arms of the wicked and depraved; make them account for their crimes; let none of them survive.

The Lord is king forever; the nations have vanished from God's land.

You listen, Lord, to the needs of the poor; you encourage them and hear their prayers.

You win justice for the orphaned and oppressed; no one on earth will cause terror again.

Psalm Bird    

Psalm 11         

The Lord is in His Temple
The Lord’s Throne is in Heaven
The Lord is in His Temple
The Lord’s Throne is in Heaven.

His eyes behold
His glance on man
The Lord searches for the just
He hates the wicked
He hates violence
Our God is a just God.

The lord is Just
The Lord loves goodness
The upright will see His Face.
The Lord tests all peoples
The Lord tests the good
The Lord is Just God.

 About Psalm 11: Unshaken Confidence in God

David again gives this to the musician. David is so assured of God’s provision even when friends tell him to flee to the mountains. David states “The Lord is in His Temple and His glance is on mankind”

Psalm 11
For the leader. Of David. In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me, "Flee like a bird to the mountains!
See how the wicked string their bows, fit their arrows to the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright.

When foundations are being destroyed, what can the upright do?"

The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven. God's eyes keep careful watch; they test all peoples.

The Lord tests the good and the bad, hates those who love violence,

And rains upon the wicked fiery coals and brimstone, a scorching wind their allotted cup.

The Lord is just and loves just deeds; the upright shall see his face.



Psalm 12         

The Promises of the Lord are sure
Like tried silver
Freed from the dross
Sevenfold refined.

May the lord destroy all evil
Every boastful tongue
Faithfulness has vanished
Help, O Lord, us.

You O Lord will keep us
And preserve us
Your words are pure silver
Your promises are sure.

About Psalm 12: Prayer against Evil Tongues

David again gives this to the leader and instructs him to play it “upon the eighth” which has 8 strings and is an  octave below. This psalm tells of the promises of God , they are sure  like tried silver. This is one of my favorites.

Psalm 12
For the leader; "upon the eighth." A psalm of David.
Help, Lord, for no one loyal remains; the faithful have vanished from the human race.

Those who tell lies to one another speak with deceiving lips and a double heart.

May the Lord cut off all deceiving lips, and every boastful tongue.

Those who say, "By our tongues we prevail; when our lips speak, who can Lord it over us?"

"Because they rob the weak, and the needy groan, I will now arise," says the Lord; "I will grant safety to whoever longs for it."

The promises of the Lord are sure, silver refined in a crucible, silver purified seven times.

Lord, protect us always; preserve us from this generation.

On every side the wicked strut; the shameless are extolled by all.

Psalm 13         

How long O Lord
Will You forget me?
How long, O Lord
Will you hide Your Face.

How long shall I harbor sorrow in my soul?
Grief in my heart day after day
How long will the enemies torture me
Look Lord and answer me.

Let my heart rejoice in your salvation
Let my heart sing
I have trusted in Your kindness
He has been good to me..

About Psalm 13:    Prayer of One in Sorrow

A psalm of David. It is a short Psalm only 6 verses ,yet I found it to be so heart wrenching, it ends  with the Psalmist saying “He has been good to me”.

Psalm 13
For the leader. A psalm of David.
How long, Lord? Will you utterly forget me? How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I carry sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look upon me, answer me, Lord, my God! Give light to my eyes lest I sleep in death,

Lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed," lest my foes rejoice at my downfall.

I trust in your faithfulness. Grant my heart joy in your help, That I may sing of the Lord, "How good our God has been to me!"




Psalm 14         

Out of Zion comes salvation
Of Israel
When the lord restores His people
Then Jacob rejoices.

The fool says in his heart
There is no God
Such are the corrupt heart
The Lord looks down from Heaven.

All alike have gone astray
They have become perverse
There is not one, nor even one
They have  not called upon the Lord
For God is with the just.


About Psalm 14:
   A Lament over Widespread Corruption

David again. Although written 3000 years ago  it is as alive today as  it was then. As usual, David ends with complete trust in God, that salvation will come from Israel. Another prophecy of the Messiah.

Psalm 14 
For the leader. Of David.
Fools say in their hearts, "There is no God." Their deeds are loathsome and corrupt; not one does what is right.

The Lord looks down from heaven upon the human race, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God.

All have gone astray; all alike are perverse. Not one does what is right, not even one.

Will these evildoers never learn? They devour my people as they devour bread; they do not call upon the Lord.

They have good reason, then, to fear; God is with the company of the just.

They would crush the hopes of the poor, but the poor have the Lord as their refuge.

Oh, that from Zion might come the deliverance of Israel, That Jacob may rejoice, and Israel be glad when the Lord restores his people!


Psalm 15           

Who shall abide  in the holy Temple
Who shall dwell in the Holy Place
He that does all these things
He shall never be moved.

Does not take up a reproach
Against his neighbor
By whom the reprobate is despised
He shall abide.

While he honors those  who fear the Lord
He who does not Change his word
Shall never be disturbed.



About Psalm 15:
The Guest of God – A Psalm of David.

This another short psalm- 5 verses. Love the title of the Psalm- The Guest of God.  Listen to the words, it lists the moral qualities which one should possess who would enter the Lord’s sanctuary.

Psalm 15  
A psalm of David.
Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy mountain?

Whoever walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart;

Who does not slander a neighbor, does no harm to another, never defames a friend;

Who disdains the wicked, but honors those who fear the Lord; Who keeps an oath despite the cost, lends no money at interest, accepts no bribe against the innocent.

Whoever acts like this shall never be shaken.


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