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Psalm 106

Blessed be the Lord of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting
Blessed be the Lord of Israel
From everlasting.

Let all the people say Amen, Amen
Amen ,Amen
Let all the people say Amen ,Amen
Amen , Amen.



About Psalm 106

Israel’s Confession of Sin.
Like the preceding psalm, this hymn reviews Israel’s history, but here the salient thought is the rebellious spirit of the chosen people despite God’s goodness to them. After an introductory prayer for God’s mercy on himself and on his nation the psalmist recounts the lack of faith shown by the Israelites at the Exodus, their craving for meat in the desert, the rebellions of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, the worship of the golden calf at Sinai; the cowardice and foolhardiness of the Israelites at their first contact with the Canaanites, their paganism at Peor their causing Moses to sin at Meribah; and their mingling with the Canaanites, the psalmist prays for the return and restoration of scattered Israel. Verse 47: Save us O Lord, our god, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your Holy Name and glory in praising You.
After all that was written about their sin, I decided to thank God for even keeping us as His children and chosen. I would have given up on all of them and us. Thank You, Lord.
106:1 Praise Yahweh!
Give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.
106:2 Who can utter the mighty acts of Yahweh,
or fully declare all his praise?
106:3 Blessed are those who keep justice.
Blessed is one who does what is right at all times.
106:4 Remember me, Yahweh, with the favor that you show to your people.
Visit me with your salvation,
106:5 that I may see the prosperity of your chosen,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory with your inheritance.
 
106:6 We have sinned with our fathers.
We have committed iniquity.
We have done wickedly.
106:7 Our fathers didn’t understand your wonders in Egypt.
They didn’t remember the multitude of your loving kindnesses,
but were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
106:8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake,
that he might make his mighty power known.
106:9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up;
so he led them through the depths, as through a desert.
106:10 He saved them from the hand of him who hated them,
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
106:11 The waters covered their adversaries.
There was not one of them left.
106:12 Then they believed his words.
They sang his praise.
 
106:13 They soon forgot his works.
They didn’t wait for his counsel,
106:14 but gave in to craving in the desert,
and tested God in the wasteland.
106:15 He gave them their request,
but sent leanness into their soul.
106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp,
and Aaron, Yahweh’s saint.
106:17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
and covered the company of Abiram.
106:18 A fire was kindled in their company.
The flame burned up the wicked.
106:19 They made a calf in Horeb,
and worshiped a molten image.
106:20 Thus they exchanged their glory
for an image of a bull that eats grass.
106:21 They forgot God, their Savior,
who had done great things in Egypt,
106:22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and awesome things by the Red Sea.
106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them,
had Moses, his chosen, not stood before him in the breach,
to turn away his wrath, so that he wouldn’t destroy them.
106:24 Yes, they despised the pleasant land.
They didn’t believe his word,
106:25 but murmured in their tents,
and didn’t listen to Yahweh’s voice.
106:26 Therefore he swore to them
that he would overthrow them in the wilderness,
106:27 that he would overthrow their seed among the nations,
and scatter them in the lands.
106:28 They joined themselves also to Baal Peor,
and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
106:29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their deeds.
The plague broke in on them.
106:30 Then Phinehas stood up, and executed judgment,
so the plague was stopped.
106:31 That was credited to him for righteousness,
for all generations to come.
106:32 They angered him also at the waters of Meribah,
so that Moses was troubled for their sakes;
106:33 because they were rebellious against his spirit,
he spoke rashly with his lips.
106:34 They didn’t destroy the peoples,
as Yahweh commanded them,
106:35 but mixed themselves with the nations,
and learned their works.
106:36 They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.
106:37 Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.
106:38 They shed innocent blood,
even the blood of their sons and of their daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan.
The land was polluted with blood.
106:39 Thus were they defiled with their works,
and prostituted themselves in their deeds.
106:40 Therefore Yahweh burned with anger against his people.
He abhorred his inheritance.
106:41 He gave them into the hand of the nations.
Those who hated them ruled over them.
106:42 Their enemies also oppressed them.
They were brought into subjection under their hand.
106:43 Many times he delivered them,
but they were rebellious in their counsel,
and were brought low in their iniquity.
106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their distress,
when he heard their cry.
106:45 He remembered for them his covenant,
and repented according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
106:46 He made them also to be pitied
by all those who carried them captive.
 
106:47 Save us, Yahweh, our God,
gather us from among the nations,
to give thanks to your holy name,
to triumph in your praise!
 
106:48 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel,
from everlasting even to everlasting!
Let all the people say, “Amen.”
Praise Yah!

 

 

 

Psalm 107    

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good
For his kindness endures for ever
Thus let the redeemed of the lord
Give thanks to Him for He is the lord of all.

They went astray in the wilderness
Hungry, thirsty cries
He satisfied the longing soul
And filled them with good things.

They who sailed the sea in ships
Trading on the deep waters
They saw the wonders of the lord
His wonders in the abyss.

He lifted up the needy out of misery
And made their families numerous
The upright see this and rejoice
Understands the favors of the Lord.

 

Psalm 107

This begins the Fifth Book of Psalms- Psalms 107-150
God the Savior of Men in Distress.
Besides the Prologue (1-3) in which the people thank the lord for their return from exile, this psalm consists of two parts.
The first (4-32) God is praised as the helper and rescuer of wanderers lost in the wilderness, of the imprisoned, of the sick and of storm tossed seafarers.
The second part (33-43) describes how God’s beneficent providence changed deserts into fertile fields, where the needy found prosperity.
Verse 1 was (and is) a standard cry of praise in the liturgy of the temple. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His kindness endures forever.
Lord, today we give thanks to You for You are good, guide us along life’s path towards You.

Psalm 107
107:1 Give thanks to Yahweh,
for he is good,
for his loving kindness endures forever.
107:2 Let the redeemed by Yahweh say so,
whom he has redeemed from the hand of the adversary,
107:3 And gathered out of the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
107:4 They wandered in the wilderness in a desert way.
They found no city to live in.
107:5 Hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted in them.
107:6 Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he delivered them out of their distresses,
107:7 he led them also by a straight way,
that they might go to a city to live in.
107:8 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works to the children of men!
 
107:9 For he satisfies the longing soul.
He fills the hungry soul with good.
107:10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
being bound in affliction and iron,
107:11 because they rebelled against the words of God,
and condemned the counsel of the Most High.
107:12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labor.
They fell down, and there was none to help.
107:13 Then they cried to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he saved them out of their distresses.
107:14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and broke their bonds in sunder.
107:15 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works to the children of men!
 
107:16 For he has broken the gates of brass,
and cut through bars of iron.
107:17 Fools are afflicted because of their disobedience,
and because of their iniquities.
107:18 Their soul abhors all kinds of food.
They draw near to the gates of death.
107:19 Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble,
he saves them out of their distresses.
107:20 He sends his word, and heals them,
and delivers them from their graves.
107:21 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works to the children of men!
 
107:22 Let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and declare his works with singing.
107:23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
who do business in great waters;
107:24 These see Yahweh’s works,
and his wonders in the deep.
107:25 For he commands, and raises the stormy wind,
which lifts up its waves.
107:26 They mount up to the sky; they go down again to the depths.
Their soul melts away because of trouble.
107:27 They reel back and forth, and stagger like a drunken man,
and are at their wits’ end.
107:28 Then they cry to Yahweh in their trouble,
and he brings them out of their distress.
107:29 He makes the storm a calm,
so that its waves are still.
107:30 Then they are glad because it is calm,
so he brings them to their desired haven.
107:31 Let them praise Yahweh for his loving kindness,
for his wonderful works for the children of men!
 
107:32 Let them exalt him also in the assembly of the people,
and praise him in the seat of the elders.
107:33 He turns rivers into a desert,
water springs into a thirsty ground,
107:34 and a fruitful land into a salt waste,
for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
107:35 He turns a desert into a pool of water,
and a dry land into water springs.
107:36 There he makes the hungry live,
that they may prepare a city to live in,
107:37 sow fields, plant vineyards,
and reap the fruits of increase.
107:38 He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly.
He doesn’t allow their livestock to decrease.
107:39 Again, they are diminished and bowed down
through oppression, trouble, and sorrow.
107:40 He pours contempt on princes,
and causes them to wander in a trackless waste.
107:41 Yet he lifts the needy out of their affliction,
and increases their families like a flock.
107:42 The upright will see it, and be glad.
All the wicked will shut their mouths.
107:43 Whoever is wise will pay attention to these things.
They will consider the loving kindnesses of Yahweh.
 

              

Psalm 108    

I will give thanks among the people
I will chant praise among the nations
And Your kindness reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness to the skies.

My heart is steadfast
I will sing and chant praise
Awake my soul
Awake lyre and harp
Be exalted above the heavens
Over all the earth be Your glory
Under God we will do valiantly
It is He who downs our foes.


 

Psalm 108

Prayer for Victory
A psalm of David.
This psalm is a compilation of parts from two other psalms verses 2-6 are the same as Ps.57, 8-12; 7-14 are the same as Ps.60,7-14.
Can you hear David’s prayer before the Lord? Words of thankfulness and praise using lyre and harp. Yet we see in verses 13-14 that he has not had the victory but is praising God before hand for it.
Verse 13- Give us aid against the foe, for worthless is the help of men. Under God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.
That’s faith.
Lord, give us hearts like David, in the midst of our battles strengthen us to sing praises and give thanks for all You will do.

Psalm 108

A Song. A Psalm by David.

108:1 My heart is steadfast, God.
I will sing and I will make music with my soul.
108:2 Wake up, harp and lyre!
I will wake up the dawn.
108:3 I will give thanks to you, Yahweh, among the nations.
I will sing praises to you among the peoples.
108:4 For your loving kindness is great above the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
108:5 Be exalted, God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth.
108:6 That your beloved may be delivered,
save with your right hand, and answer us.
108:7 God has spoken from his sanctuary: “In triumph,
I will divide Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth.
108:8 Gilead is mine. Manasseh is mine.
Ephraim also is my helmet.
Judah is my scepter.
108:9 Moab is my wash pot.
I will toss my sandal on Edom.
I will shout over Philistia.”
108:10 Who will bring me into the fortified city?
Who has led me to Edom?
108:11 Haven’t you rejected us, God?
You don’t go forth, God, with our armies.
108:12 Give us help against the enemy,
for the help of man is vain.
108:13 Through God, we will do valiantly.
For it is he who will tread down our enemies.
 

            

Psalm 109 

O God whom I praise
Be not silent
They have spoken against me
They speak with evil tongues
They attacked me

In return for my love
They slandered me
But I prayed for them
They gave evil for good.

Raise up a wicked man against him
Let the accuser stand at his right hand
When he is judged let him be condemned
May his plea be in vain.

For I am wretched and poor
My heart is pierced within me
My knees totter from my fasting
My flesh is wasted.

Let my accusers be in disgrace
Their shame their mantle
I speak thanks to the lord
For He stood with me.

 

Psalm 109

Prayer Against a Slanderous Enemy
For the leader- A Psalm of David
This Psalm has 31 verses. The first and the third sections are prayers of supplication from one who is cursed and calumniated by numerous enemies.
The middle section is a series of strong curses against a certain individual (6-19)
Verse 20 says who is praying the above. “May this be the recompense from the Lord upon my accusers and upon those who speak evil against me.
David had many enemies who fought him in word and deed.
Lord, help us to guard our mouths and not slander another person but give words of forgiveness and encouragement.

Psalm 109

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

109:1 God of my praise, don’t remain silent,
109:2 for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.
They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.
109:3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
and fought against me without a cause.
109:4 In return for my love, they are my adversaries;
but I am in prayer.
109:5 They have rewarded me evil for good,
and hatred for my love.
109:6 Set a wicked man over him.
Let an adversary stand at his right hand.
109:7 When he is judged, let him come forth guilty.
Let his prayer be turned into sin.
109:8 Let his days be few.
Let another take his office.
109:9 Let his children be fatherless,
and his wife a widow.
109:10 Let his children be wandering beggars.
Let them be sought from their ruins.
109:11 Let the creditor seize all that he has.
Let strangers plunder the fruit of his labor.
109:12 Let there be no one to extend kindness to him,
neither let there be anyone to have pity on his fatherless children.
109:13 Let his posterity be cut off.
In the generation following let their name be blotted out.
109:14 Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered by Yahweh.
Don’t let the sin of his mother be blotted out.
109:15 Let them be before Yahweh continually,
that he may cut off their memory from the earth;
109:16 because he didn’t remember to show kindness,
but persecuted the poor and needy man,
the broken in heart, to kill them.
109:17 Yes, he loved cursing, and it came to him.
He didn’t delight in blessing, and it was far from him.
109:18 He clothed himself also with cursing as with his garment.
It came into his inward parts like water,
like oil into his bones.
109:19 Let it be to him as the clothing with which he covers himself,
for the belt that is always around him.
109:20 This is the reward of my adversaries from Yahweh,
of those who speak evil against my soul.
 
109:21 But deal with me, Yahweh the Lord, for your name’s sake,
because your loving kindness is good, deliver me;
109:22 for I am poor and needy.
My heart is wounded within me.
109:23 I fade away like an evening shadow.
I am shaken off like a locust.
109:24 My knees are weak through fasting.
My body is thin and lacks fat.
109:25 I have also become a reproach to them.
When they see me, they shake their head.
109:26 Help me, Yahweh, my God.
Save me according to your loving kindness;
109:27 that they may know that this is your hand;
that you, Yahweh, have done it.
109:28 They may curse, but you bless.
When they arise, they will be shamed,
but your servant shall rejoice.
109:29 Let my adversaries be clothed with dishonor.
Let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
109:30 I will give great thanks to Yahweh with my mouth.
Yes, I will praise him among the multitude.
109:31 For he will stand at the right hand of the needy,
to save him from those who judge his soul.
 

  

Psalm 110

The Lord said
Sit at my right hand
Til I make Your enemies Your footstool
The scepter of Your power
The Lord will stretch to Zion
Rule in the midst of your foes.

Yours is princely power
And in the day of birth
Before the daystar I have begotten You
The Lord has sworn and will not repent
You are a Priest forever in Melchizedek.

The Lord at Your right hand
Shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath
He shall judge among the nations
They rod of strength
shall go out to Zion.

 

Psalm 110
The Messiah: King, Priest and Conqueror
A Psalm of David.
One of the most important of the messianic psalms. This psalm has been constantly and unanimously interpreted as referring to Christ.
It has been mentioned in numerous N.T. scriptures Mt.22,44;Acts 2:34;1Cor.15:25; Heb.1:13;10:13.
Hebrews 1:13-To which of the angels has God ever said, “Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool?
Your footstool in ancient times the vanquished enemies had to suffer the victor’s putting his feet on their prostrate bodies as a sign of their submission.
Lord, we bow before You as King, Priest and Conqueror, conqueror our hearts and cause us to bow before you as Your humble servants.

Psalm 110

A Psalm by David.

110:1 Yahweh says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool for your feet.”
110:2 Yahweh will send forth the rod of your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of your enemies.
110:3 Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array.
Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth.
110:4 Yahweh has sworn, and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
110:5 The Lord is at your right hand.
He will crush kings in the day of his wrath.
110:6 He will judge among the nations.
He will heap up dead bodies.
He will crush the ruler of the whole earth.
110:7 He will drink of the brook in the way;
therefore he will lift up his head.
 
Psalm 111  

I will thank the Lord
With all of my heart
In the assembly of all the just
I will give thanks to the lord
With all my heart
In the assembly of the just.

Great are the works of the Lord
Exquisite in all their delight
Majesty and glory are His work
Justice endures forever.

He has won renown for His deeds
Gracious and merciful is the Lord
The works of His hands are faithful and just
Reliable forever and ever.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning
Of all wisdom
Prudent are all who live by it
His praise endures forever.

 

Psalm 111
Praise of God for HIs Goodness
A short psalm of 10 verses. Verse 5 “Food to those who fear him”: the manna in the desert . In the liturgy of the Church theses words are applied to the Blessed Eucharist, of which the manna was the type or figure. John 6:31.
Love verse 10: The fear of the lord is the beginning of all wisdom.
Lord, we adore You today and all days , Help us to keep our eyes on You and Your Word and give thanks with all our hearts, for your are Lord.

Psalm 111

111:1 Praise Yah!*
I will give thanks to Yahweh with my whole heart,
in the council of the upright, and in the congregation.
111:2 Yahweh’s works are great,
pondered by all those who delight in them.
111:3 His work is honor and majesty.
His righteousness endures forever.
111:4 He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered.
Yahweh is gracious and merciful.
111:5 He has given food to those who fear him.
He always remembers his covenant.
111:6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
111:7 The works of his hands are truth and justice.
All his precepts are sure.
111:8 They are established forever and ever.
They are done in truth and uprightness.
111:9 He has sent redemption to his people.
He has ordained his covenant forever.
His name is holy and awesome!
111:10 The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.
All those who do his work have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!
 

      

Psalm 112  

Happy the man who
Fears the lord
Who lives in great delight
of the Lords commands

His posterity shall be mighty
The upright shall hear and be blessed
Wealth and riches shall be in his house
His generosity shall endure.

He is a light for the upright
He is gracious and lends
He conducts his affairs with justice
He shall never be moved.

An evil report he shall not fear
His heart is firm and steadfast
He gives to the poor abundantly
His generosity shall endure forever.

 

Psalm 112
The Blessings of the Just Man
This Psalm lauds the virtues of the God fearing man, in style and diction this is very similar to the preceding psalm; both may well have had the same author.
Verse 9: his horn shall be exalted in glory. Horn means his power, dignity and authority .
Verse 3; Generosity: the original meaning of the Hebrew word is “justice” but in a later period of the language it also acquired the meaning of “liberality, almsgiving” also see Mt.6:1.
Lord, help us to walk as Your own people for we know Your blessings will flow upon us.

Psalm 112

112:1 Praise Yah!*
Blessed is the man who fears Yahweh,
who delights greatly in his commandments.
112:2 His seed will be mighty in the land.
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
112:3 Wealth and riches are in his house.
His righteousness endures forever.
112:4 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright,
gracious, merciful, and righteous.
112:5 It is well with the man who deals graciously and lends.
He will maintain his cause in judgment.
112:6 For he will never be shaken.
The righteous will be remembered forever.
112:7 He will not be afraid of evil news.
His heart is steadfast, trusting in Yahweh.
112:8 His heart is established.
He will not be afraid in the end when he sees his adversaries.
112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor.
His righteousness endures forever.
His horn will be exalted with honor.
112:10 The wicked will see it, and be grieved.
He shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away.
The desire of the wicked will perish.
 

         

Psalm 113  

Praise ye servants of the lord
Praise the name of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Both now and forever more.
Blessed be the Name of the lord
Both now and forevermore.

From the rising to the setting of the Sun
The Name of the Lord is praised
High above all nations is the lord
Above the Heavens is his Glory.

Who is like the l
Lord our God
Who is enthroned on High
Looks upon the Heavens
And the earth below.

He raises the lowly from the dust
From the dung hill he lifts up the poor
He seats them with princes
The Princes of his people.

 

Psalm 113

Praise of the Lord for His Care of the Lowly.
A Hymn praying that God may be glorified at all times and in all places because He who is supreme over all stoops down to raise up the lowly and the barren.
Verse 1- Servants of the lord: devout worshipers; in particular the Levites.
I wrote this melody on August 11, 1998,my Bible is marked with all references of scripture. It has been a favorite, quite short so it is easy to memorize.
Lord, we desire to praise You as Your servants, always ready to obey Your commands, commands of love and service to Your people. We are grateful for calling us to Your service.

 

Psalm 113

113:1 Praise Yah!
Praise, you servants of Yahweh,
praise the name of Yahweh.
113:2 Blessed be the name of Yahweh,
from this time forth and forevermore.
113:3 From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same,
Yahweh’s name is to be praised.
113:4 Yahweh is high above all nations,
his glory above the heavens.
113:5 Who is like Yahweh, our God,
who has his seat on high,
113:6 Who stoops down to see in heaven and in the earth?
113:7 He raises up the poor out of the dust.
Lifts up the needy from the ash heap;
113:8 that he may set him with princes,
even with the princes of his people.
113:9 He settles the barren woman in her home,
as a joyful mother of children.
Praise Yah!
 

  

Psalm 114 

When Israel came forth from Egypt
The house of Jacob from an alien tongue
Judah became His sanctuary
Israel His domain.

The sea beheld and fled
Jordan turned back
The mountains skipped like rams
The hills like flocks of lambs

Why is it, O sea ,that you flee
O Jordan that you turn back
You mountains skip like rams
You hills, like lambs of flock

Before the face of the Lord, tremble
Before the face of God of Jacob
Who turned the rock into water
The flint into flowing springs?

 

Psalm 114

The Lord’s Wonders at the Exodus
A song commemorating Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. When the Lord chose Israel as his own special people, marvelous things took place in nature of which he was the cause. In the Greek and Latin versions, this song is joined to the following one to form a single psalm, but originally they were probably distinct.
It is a short psalm, only 8 verses. No matter, it is beautiful.
Lord, today help us to see Your wonders in all creation , Your help in our hour of need and deliverance from bondage to freedom.

Psalm 114

114:1 When Israel went forth out of Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;
114:2 Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his dominion.
114:3 The sea saw it, and fled.
The Jordan was driven back.
114:4 The mountains skipped like rams,
the little hills like lambs.
114:5 What was it, you sea, that you fled?
You Jordan, that you turned back?
114:6 You mountains, that you skipped like rams;
you little hills, like lambs?
114:7 Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
114:8 who turned the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of waters.
 
 
Psalm 115    

Not unto us O lord
Not unto us
But unto Thy Name
Be the glory
Not unto us, not unto us
But unto Thy Name give You glory.

Why should the pagans
Say where is their God?
Out God is in heaven
Whatever He wills He does
He is the Lord.

Their idols are silver and gold
The handiwork of men
They have mouths but speak not
They have eyes but see not.

The House of Israel
Trusts in the Lord
He is their help and shield
The Lord will bless those who fear His Name
Both the small and the great.

 

Psalm 115

The Greatness and Goodness of the True God
Psalm 115 is a song of praise to the living God and in derision of the lifeless idols of the pagans. To this are added a brief”liturgy” consisting of a litany in which the various classes of the people express their confidence in God; a blessing given by the priests and a short hymn of praise.

Remember Dagon was the god of the Phillistines, after they captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it to their own land they placed the Ark next to Dagon, their god. In the morning Dagon had fallen before the face of the Ark .

It shows there is no power in false idols only in the living God.
Lord, we adore only You, keep us focused on the Way, the Truth and the Life, that is YOU.

Psalm 115
 
115:1 Not to us, Yahweh, not to us,
but to your name give glory,
for your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake.
115:2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God, now?”
115:3 But our God is in the heavens.
He does whatever he pleases.
115:4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of men’s hands.
115:5 They have mouths, but they don’t speak.
They have eyes, but they don’t see.
115:6 They have ears, but they don’t hear.
They have noses, but they don’t smell.
115:7 They have hands, but they don’t feel.
They have feet, but they don’t walk,
neither do they speak through their throat.
115:8 Those who make them will be like them;
yes, everyone who trusts in them.
115:9 Israel, trust in Yahweh!
He is their help and their shield.
115:10 House of Aaron, trust in Yahweh!
He is their help and their shield.
115:11 You who fear Yahweh, trust in Yahweh!
He is their help and their shield.
115:12 Yahweh remembers us. He will bless us.
He will bless the house of Israel.
He will bless the house of Aaron.
115:13 He will bless those who fear Yahweh,
both small and great.
115:14 May Yahweh increase you more and more,
you and your children.
115:15 Blessed are you by Yahweh,
who made heaven and earth.
115:16 The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh;
but the earth has he given to the children of men.
115:17 The dead don’t praise Yah,
neither any who go down into silence;
115:18 But we will bless Yah,
from this time forth and forevermore.
Praise Yah!
 

      

Psalm 116    

I love the Lord
Because He heard my voice
In humble prayer
I called upon the name of the God
Saved my life.

The cords of death encompassed me
Snares of the neither world
I fell into distress and sorrow
O lord save my life.

Gracious is the lord and just
Our god is merciful
He has freed my soul from death
My feet from stumbling.

How shall I make a return to the lord
For all the good he has done
My vows to the Lord I will say
In the presence of His people.

Psalm 116

Thanksgiving to God for Help in Need
Psalm 116: The Latin and Greek versions divide this psalm into two parts. Psalm 114(v1-9) Ps.115(10-19) This is a hymn of thanksgiving sung in the temple by an individual who, when mortally ill, had been cured by the Lord. Recalling how he prayed when he was at death’s door the psalmist now praises God for having heard his prayer. He offers his hymn of grateful praise (12-19).

I love verse 10- “I believed , even when I said, I am greatly afflicted.” The psalmist did not doubt that God would be faithful to his promise of help.
Lord, increase our faith in whatever situation we are in right now to know and believe You are in control and that you work all things for good to those who love you.

Psalm 116

I love the Lord, because he has heard
    my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
    the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
    I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
    our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
    for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
     in the land of the living.

10  I believed, even when I spoke:
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11  I said in my alarm,
     “All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
    for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.

15  Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his saints.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
    I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
    You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
    in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

 

 

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord all ye nations
Praise the Lord all ye people
Praise the Lord all ye nations
All the earth praise the Lord
All the earth praise the Lord.

For his merciful kindness is toward us
And His truth endures forever
His merciful kindness is towards us
And His truth endures forever.

Psalm 117

Doxology of All the Nations
This Psalm is the shortest of all the psalms: a brief hymn of praise calling on all mankind to glorify the Lord for his kindness and fidelity to his promises, in the letter to the Romans Ch.15:11 Paul includes this verse from this Psalm. “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles and sing his glory, all you peoples”.
This is a easy psalm to memorize, I wrote the melody many years ago and I sing it over and over. Try it.
Lord, give us hearts of praise and thanksgiving, You are awesome God , Redeemer and Creator, all praise to You.

Psalm 117

117:1 Praise Yahweh, all you nations!
Extol him, all you peoples!
117:2 For his loving kindness is great toward us.
Yahweh’s faithfulness endures forever.
Praise Yah!
 
 
Psalm 118

The joyful shout of victory
In the tents of the just.
The joyful shout of victory
In the tents of the just.

The right hand of the lord has struck
With His power
The right hand of the lord is exalted
He has struck with power.

This is the day that the Lord has made
Let us be glad and rejoice
You are my God, I give thanks to You
O God I extol Thee.

The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the cornerstone
By the Lord this has been done
It is wonderful to us.

Psalm 118
Hymn of Thanksgiving to the Savior of Israel
A dramatic “liturgy” of thanksgiving . After an invocation in the form of a litany, the psalmist, who very likely is speaking here in the name of the whole community, describes how the nation confidently implored the Lord’s help. Verse 26 the priests impart their blessing and the psalmist sings his hymn of grateful praise.
Lord, we adore You and give thanks that You are the God of Israel and all of us as Your children adopted into the vine. Give us hearts of praise and thanksgiving to celebrate our freedom through the blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Redeemer.

Psalm 118

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
     than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
     than to trust in princes.

10  All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
12  They surrounded me like bees;
    they went out like a fire among thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
     he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation
    are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16     the right hand of the Lord exalts,
    the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17  I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.

19  Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
     the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
     and have become my salvation.
22  The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord's doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
    O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
    up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God; I will extol you.
29  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

 

      

Psalm 119  

Your Words are truth and everlasting.

Happy are they whose way is blameless
Who walk in the Lord
Be good to your servant that I may live
And keep Your words.

Instruct me O Lord in your statues
That I may observe them
Lead me in the path of Your commands
For in it I delight.

Let Your kindness come to me
Your salvation as You said
I long for Your precepts
In Your justice give me life.

Teach me wisdom and knowledge
For in you I trust
I will lift up my hands to Your command
And meditate.

The law of your Mouth is more precious
Thank thousands of gold
Your Word endures forever
It is firm in heaven

Seven times a day I praise You
For Your ordinances
Those who love Your law
Have great peace.

About Psalm 119
Praise of God’s Law
There are 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet.
This Psalm has 176 verses, the longest in the Psalms;
the middle of the Bible is Ps.119:19.
The names of the Hebrew Alphabet are:
Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Daleth, He, Waw, Zayin, Heth, Teth, Yodh, Kaph, Lamedh, Mem, Nun, Samekh, Ayin, Sadhe, Qoph, Resh, Shin, Taw

The Psalm is divided into eight verses starting
with Aleph, then to Beth for eight verses, etc.
It is called a alphabetic psalm of didactic nature.
Lord, help us to put these verses of Your Word
deep into our hearts, they are words
of instruction for a truly good and happy life.

Psalm 119

119 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
    to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn your righteous rules.
I will keep your statutes;
     do not utterly forsake me!

Beth

How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
10  With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
     teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.

Gimel

17  Deal bountifully with your servant,
     that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
    wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth;
     hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with longing
    for your rules at all times.
21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
    who wander from your commandments.
22 Take away from me scorn and contempt,
     for I have kept your testimonies.
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me,
    your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24 Your testimonies are my delight;
    they are my counselors.

Daleth

25  My soul clings to the dust;
     give me life according to your word!
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
     teach me your statutes!
27  Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28  My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word!
29 Put false ways far from me
    and graciously teach me your law!
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I set your rules before me.
31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
     let me not be put to shame!
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
    when you enlarge my heart![e]

He

33  Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
    and I will keep it to the end.
34  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
35  Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in it.
36  Incline my heart to your testimonies,
    and not to selfish gain!
37  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
    and give me life in your ways.
38  Confirm to your servant your promise,
     that you may be feared.
39 Turn away the reproach that I dread,
    for your rules are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts;
     in your righteousness give me life!

Waw

41 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord,
    your salvation according to your promise;
42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
    for my hope is in your rules.
44 I will keep your law continually,
    forever and ever,
45 and I shall walk in a wide place,
    for I have sought your precepts.
46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings
    and shall not be put to shame,
47 for I find my delight in your commandments,
    which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
    and I will meditate on your statutes.

Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,
    in which you have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
    that your promise gives me life.
51  The insolent utterly deride me,
    but I do not turn away from your law.
52 When I think of your rules from of old,
    I take comfort, O Lord.
53  Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my sojourning.
55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
    and keep your law.
56 This blessing has fallen to me,
    that I have kept your precepts.

Heth

57  The Lord is my portion;
    I promise to keep your words.
58 I entreat your favor with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 When I think on my ways,
    I turn my feet to your testimonies;
60 I hasten and do not delay
    to keep your commandments.
61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
    I do not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to praise you,
    because of your righteous rules.
63  I am a companion of all who fear you,
    of those who keep your precepts.
64  The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
     teach me your statutes!

Teth

65 You have dealt well with your servant,
    O Lord, according to your word.
66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in your commandments.
67  Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I keep your word.
68  You are good and do good;
     teach me your statutes.
69  The insolent smear me with lies,
    but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
70 their heart is unfeeling like fat,
    but I delight in your law.
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
    that I might learn your statutes.
72  The law of your mouth is better to me
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Yodh

73  Your hands have made and fashioned me;
     give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Let your steadfast love comfort me
    according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
78 Let the insolent be put to shame,
    because they have wronged me with falsehood;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me,
    that they may know your testimonies.
80 May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
     that I may not be put to shame!

Kaph

81 My soul longs for your salvation;
    I hope in your word.
82 My eyes long for your promise;
    I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
84  How long must your servant endure?
     When will you judge those who persecute me?
85  The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
    they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are sure;
    they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth,
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your steadfast love give me life,
    that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Lamedh

89 Forever, O Lord, your word
    is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91 By your appointment they stand this day,
    for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
     for I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
    but I consider your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
    but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Mem

97 Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
    for I keep your precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
    in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
    for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore I hate every false way.

Nun

105  Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to keep your righteous rules.
107 I am severely afflicted;
     give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
108 Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
    and teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life in my hand continually,
    but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
    but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
    for they are the joy of my heart.
112 I incline my heart to perform your statutes
    forever, to the end.[i]

Samekh

113 I hate the double-minded,
    but I love your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
115  Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
117  Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for your statutes continually!
118 You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
    for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
    therefore I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you,
    and I am afraid of your judgments.

Ayin

121 I have done what is just and right;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant a pledge of good;
    let not the insolent oppress me.
123 My eyes long for your salvation
    and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
    and teach me your statutes.
125 I am your servant; give me understanding,
    that I may know your testimonies!
126 It is time for the Lord to act,
    for your law has been broken.
127 Therefore I love your commandments
    above gold, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
    I hate every false way.

Pe

129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
    therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
    because I long for your commandments.
132  Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your way with those who love your name.
133  Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
134  Redeem me from man's oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.
135  Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears,
    because people do not keep your law.

Tsadhe

137  Righteous are you, O Lord,
    and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness
    and in all faithfulness.
139 My zeal consumes me,
    because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well tried,
    and your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
    yet I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever,
    and your law is true.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out,
    but your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
     give me understanding that I may live.

Qoph

145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
    I will keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me,
    that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
    O Lord, according to your justice give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
    they are far from your law.
151 But you are near, O Lord,
    and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
    that you have founded them forever.

Resh

153 Look on my affliction and deliver me,
    for I do not forget your law.
154  Plead my cause and redeem me;
     give me life according to your promise!
155  Salvation is far from the wicked,
     for they do not seek your statutes.
156  Great is your mercy, O Lord;
     give me life according to your rules.
157  Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
    but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at the faithless with disgust,
    because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I love your precepts!
     Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160  The sum of your word is truth,
    and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Sin and Shin

161  Princes persecute me without cause,
    but my heart stands in awe of your words.
162 I rejoice at your word
    like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
    but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous rules.
165 Great peace have those who love your law;
     nothing can make them stumble.
166 I hope for your salvation, O Lord,
    and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
    I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
     for all my ways are before you.

Taw

169 Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
     give me understanding according to your word!
170 Let my plea come before you;
     deliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will pour forth praise,
    for you teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word,
    for all your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, O Lord,
    and your law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live and praise you,
    and let your rules help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.

 

 
Psalm 120  

In my distress I called to the lord
And He answered me
O lord deliver me from lying lips
From treacherous tongues.

Woe is me that I sojourned in Meshick
Dwell in tents of Kedar
When I speak of peace to them
They are ready for war.

All too long have I dwelt
With those who hate peace
Yet in my distress
I cried unto the lord.

Psalm 120
A Complaint against Treacherous Tongues
A Song of Ascents.
A Song of Ascents is the title which occurs in each of the next fourteen psalms. The most probable explanation is that these fifteen psalms form a little collection of “Pilgrim Psalms” that is , songs which were sing by the pilgrims when they “went up” to Jerusalem for the great annual feasts. I love to think about Jesus, Mary and Joseph singing these psalms as they go from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the feasts. Of course they were all by memory.
Ps.120:5- speaks of Meshech and Kedar which were ancient tribes who dwelt in northeastern Asia Minor. These names are
used here merely in a metaphorical sense for any barbarians in general.
Lord, help us to sing these next 15 Psalms like Jesus and the people of Israel. I remember these psalms were written over 3000 years ago, incredible .We desire to be your people, a people of praise and thanksgiving.

Psalm 120

A Song of Ascents.

120:1 In my distress, I cried to Yahweh.
He answered me.
120:2 Deliver my soul, Yahweh, from lying lips,
from a deceitful tongue.
120:3 What will be given to you, and what will be done more to you,
you deceitful tongue?
120:4 Sharp arrows of the mighty,
with coals of juniper.
120:5 Woe is me, that I live in Meshech,
that I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
120:6 My soul has had her dwelling too long
with him who hates peace.
120:7 I am for peace,
but when I speak, they are for war.
 

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