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Psalm 16         

You will show me the path of life
The Fullness of joy in Your Presence
The delight at Your Right Hand
Shall be forevermore.

Therefore my heart is glad
My soul rejoices
My body abides
In confidence.

I bless the Lord who counsels me
Even in the night
I set the Lord ever before me
I shall not be disturbed.

About Psalm 16:

God the Supreme Good
This is a michtam of David.
It means to record; engrave on your heart.
This Psalm is a prediction of the
resurrection of the King.
Verse 10 says: You will not leave my soul
in sheol, neither will You leave thy
Holy One to see corruption
(this verse is not included in the song).

Psalm 17         

Hear O lord the sound of my cry
Hear the voice of my prayer
Listen to my out cry
Hearken to the sound of my cry.

O call upon You Lord
For You will answer me
Show Your love and kindness
Hear my plea.

Keep me as the apple of your eye
Hide me in the shadow of Your wings
Keep me safe from the wicked
And hide me in Your presence.


About Psalm 17

Prayer against Persecutors --prayer of David.

Certain of his innocence, the psalmist appeals to
God’s just judgment, imploring His help
against his enemies; he  feels assured that he will enjoy God’s presence. 



Psalm 18         

I love you Lord my strength,
my rock of refuge, my fortress
My deliverer, my rock of refuge ,my shield
The horn of my salvation, God of my salvation.

The breakers of death surround me
Destroying floods overcame me
The cords of the neither world round me
In my distress I called
And He heard my voice and my cry reaches his ears.

He reached out from on high and grasped me
Then He rescued me from all my foes
Because He loves me.


About Psalm  18

Praise to God who delivers His own

This Psalm by David is so beautiful,
it contains 50 verses,
the song  I have written only
contains a few of  those. 
To get the full scope of this Psalm please read

2 Samuel 22, it is the whole Psalm.
David has finally defeated all his enemies,
even King Saul. David expresses his great love
and thankfulness to the Lord of Israel.
As you listen to  the song, sing along
and carry it in your heart .
Trust in the Lord whatever your circumstances
and like David ,you will be blessed.



Psalm 19a         

The heavens declare the glory,
the glory, the glory
The heavens declare the glory,
the glory of the Lord

1. The firmament shows His handiwork
    Day unto day utters speech
    And night unto night shows his knowledge
    The knowledge of the Lord.

2. There is no speech or language
    Where their voice is not heard
    Their rule is gone thru all the earth
    Words to the end of the world.


Psalm 19b     

The law of the Lord is perfect
Refreshing the soul
The decrees of the Lord is trustworthy
Giving wisdom to the simple
The precepts of the Lord are right
Rejoicing the heart
The law of the Lord is perfect.

More to be desired are they than gold ,
than much fine gold
and Sweeter also than the honey from the honeycomb.

The command of the Lord is clear
Enlightening the eyes
The fear of the Lord is pure
Enduring forever
The ordinances of the Lord are true
All of them are just
The law of the Lord is perfect.

About Psalm 19.

The Works and Word of God

A psalm of David. This Psalm is so beautiful that I wrote two different songs. So I call it “2 for1”day.

The first song declares the glory of God and His creation. , that’s His works. The second song is concerning the Word of God. This is one of my favorites and one I sing over and over. I love “more to be desired  than gold”. His Word is so precious and life changing,

Plant it in your heart. His Word will never come back void, believe in It.

Psalm 19 

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
     which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
     reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
     making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
     enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
     in keeping them there is great reward.

12  Who can discern his errors?
     Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13  Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.




Psalm 20         

The Lord answer you in the time of trouble
May the God of Jacob defend you
May He send you help from His Temple
From Zion sustain you.

May He remember all of your offerings
And graciously accept your sacrifice
Grant you whatever is your heart desire
Fulfill your every plan.

We’ll shout for joy at your victory
And raise the banner in God’s Name
May the Lord grant all your requests
Our God of Zion.

Some are strong in chariots
Some trust in horses
But we are strong in the Name
The name of the Lord.


Psalm 20 :

Prayer for the King in Time of War

Another favorite. David  sang this Psalm before the battle , expresses good wishes for the king with assurance of victory. Any time you are in trouble remember David and sing this WORD of God in your situation, He is faithful and will answer.


Psalm 21         

O Lord in Your strength the King is glad
In his victory he does rejoice
You have granted him his heart’s desire
And placed a crown of gold upon his head.

For you welcome him with blessings
He asked life of You
And You gave him length of day

For You made him a blessing
You gladden him with joy
For the King trusts in the Lord
He stands unshaken.

May Your Hand reach all your enemies
May your right Hand reach your foes
May the Lord consume them in His anger
Let fire devour them


Psalm 21

Thanksgiving and Prayers for the King

David sang this and gave it  to the Chief Musician.  Can you imagine King David singing, someone recording, writing it down and then handing it over to the musicians? The King not only won physical battles but spiritual as well. What an answer to prayer, David is so full of thanksgiving, he is beside himself  with  accolades to the Lord.



Psalm 22          

My God my God
Why have You abandoned me
My God, my God
Why have you abandon me?

Be not far from me O Lord
For I am in distress
Many enemies surround me
They encircle me.

I am like water poured out
All my bones are racked
My heart has become like wax
Melting in my bosom.

But I am a worm, not a man
The scorn of men
All who see me scoff at me
He relied on the Lord


About Psalm 22

Passion and Triumph of the Messiah.

For the leader: according to “the hind of the dawn” a Psalm of David.

This is one of the most important of the Messianic psalms. Our lord Himself on the cross repeated its first line, and several other verses are directly quoted or at lease alluded to  His passion .Of no other person  is this touching description of spiritual and physical suffering so eminently true as it is of Jesus Christ.

Psalm 22 

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
     enthroned on the praises  of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
     scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
     strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18  they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22  I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26  The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.



Psalm 23         

The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want
In verdant pastures He gives me repose
Besides restful waters He leads me
He refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths, for His name's sake
Even though I walk in dark valley
I fear no evil for You are at my side
Your rod and staff give me courage.

You spread the table before me
In the sight of my foes
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows
Yea my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me
All the days of my life
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever and evermore.


Psalm 23

The Lord ,Shepherd of Israel

A Psalm of David.

The idea of God  as the Good Shepherd of his flock is common in both the Old and New Testament, God’s loving care for his devoted servant is here portrayed  under the figures of a shepherd’s solicitude for his sheep. Another of my favorites  I sing this over and over and over. It is the most beautiful picture of love, concern, gentleness, kindness  that one can imagine.  I feel so loved and looked after, tenderly embraced  and carried. Do you? Throw yourself in the Shepherd’s arms and follow him.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Psalm 24         

Who can ascend the Mountain of the Lord
Who may stand in His Holy Place?
He whose hands are sinless , whose heart is clean
Does not what is vain
Such is the race that seeks Him
Such are those who seek their God
Such are those who seek His Face
The God of Jacob.

Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord/
Who may stand in His Holy Place
Does not swear deceitfully
To his neighbor
He shall receive a blessing..


Psalm 24

 The Ascension of the King of Glory

A psalm of David

Psalms  22-23-24 form a trilogy. In Ps.22 the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep- in Ps.23 the great shepherd tenderly cares for his sheep; in Ps.24  the chief shepherd appears as King of glory to reward his sheep.


Psalm 25         

Your ways O Lord make known to me
Teach me Your paths
Guide me in truth and teach me
For You are God my Lord.

Remember Your compassion O Lord
Your kindness from of old.
The sins of my youth remember not
Remember not my sins.

Good and upright is the Lord
He shows sinners the way
He guides the humble to justice
Teaches the humble the way.

When a man fears the Lord
He shows him the right path
He abides in prosperity
His descendents inherit the Earth.


Psalm  25

A Plea for defense, guidance ,pardon

A Psalm of David- the first part of the Psalm  is a prayer for guidance, the second a meditation of God’s goodness ; the third a prayer for protection and consolation. It is a beautiful Psalm ,David  is always seeking the Lord  and His ways, truly an example for us to follow.


To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.

6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name's sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.


Psalm 26         

O Lord I love the house in which You dwell
The tenting place of your glory
O Lord I love the House in which You dwell
The tenting place of Your glory.

Your kindness is before my eyes
I walk in Your truth
Search me O Lord and try me
Test my soul and my heart
For I walk in Your truth.

I wash my hands in innocence
And I go around Your altar, O Lord
Giving voice to my thanks
And recounting all your wondrous and marvelous
I love Your house O lord.


Psalm 26

Prayer of an Innocent man

Of David- This is one of my favorites.  “I wash my hands in innocence  and I go around your altar, O lord” is used at the Offertory of Mass in the Catholic Church.

Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord,
    for I have walked in my integrity,
    and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
    test my heart and my mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
    and I walk in your faithfulness.

I do not sit with men of falsehood,
    nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
    and I will not sit with the wicked.

I wash my hands in innocence
    and go around your altar, O Lord,
proclaiming thanksgiving aloud,
    and telling all your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the habitation of your house
    and the place where your glory dwells.
Do not sweep my soul away with sinners,
    nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10 in whose hands are evil devices,
    and whose right hands are full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;
    redeem me, and be gracious to me.
12 My foot stands on level ground;
    in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.


Psalm 27         

The Lord is my light and salvation
Whom should I fear
Whom shall I fear
The Lord is my light and salvation
Whom shall I fear, whom shall I fear.

For one thing I ask of the Lord
This I seek
To dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life.

That I may gaze on the Lord
And contemplate His Temple
He will hide me in His abode
In the day of trouble

Hear O Lord the sound of my call
Have pity and answer me
Of You my heart seeks
Your Presence O Lord I seek

Show me O Lord Your way
Lead me in right path
Hide not Your face from me
Forsake me not O Lord.


Psalm 27

A psalm of David. He sustains his faith by the power of God. He asserts his boundless confidence that God will rescue him. Oh, for such a faith.

Psalm 27 

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, “Seek[d] my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Psalm 28         

Blessed be the Lord
For He has heard the sound of my pleading
The Lord is my strength and shield
In Him my heart trusts,
and I find help
Then my heart exalts with thanks

Hear the sound of my pleading
When I cry to You
Lifting up my hands to Your Holy Shrine
Drag me not away with the wicked
Those who do wrong
O Lord Be not deaf to my plea.

The Lord is the strength of his people
The saving refuge of His anointed
Save your people and bless them
Feed them and carry them forever.


Psalm 28

Another psalm of David. It consists of a prayer asking that the psalmist may not be punished with the wicked, anticipating  thanksgiving  to God for having heard him.



Psalm 29         

Give to the Lord you sons of God
Give to the Lord Glory and Praise
Give to the Lord the Glory due His Name
Give to the lord the Glory due
Let us adore Him ,
give to the Lord the Glory due His Name.

The voice of the lord is over waters
God of Glory thunders
The voice of the Lord is majestic
The voice of the Lord break the cedar,
break the cedars of Lebanon
All in the Temple cry Glory.

The voice of the Lord is above the floods
The Lord is enthroned as King
The Lord is majestic
May the Lord give strength to His people
May He bless them with peace.


Psalm 29

A psalm of David- God’s Majesty in the Storm

After an invocation to praise the lord this striking psalm describes a magnificent theophany, the revelation of God’s majesty in a tremendous thunderstorm and ends with a prayer for the people. How often  have I stood and watched the awesomeness of the sea and sky and praised my lord.

Psalm 30           

You changed my mourning into dancing
You took my sackcloth off me
That I might sing Your praise without ceasing
O Lord my God

You changed my mourning into dancing
You took my sackcloth off me
That I might sing Your praise without ceasing
O Lord for evermore.

Sing praise to God
Your faithful ones give thanks to His Name
O Lord God
I cried unto You and You answered me.

I will extol you Oh my God
for you drew me clear
My enemies did not rejoice over me
you preserved me lord


Psalm 30

Psalm of David- Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

The Psalmist thanks God for having restored him to health when sickness was about to bring him to the grave. “Sackcloth” was worn in times of mourning and penance. Reference 2 Samuel 3:31.


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