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Psalm 31         

In You O lord I take refuge
Let me never be put to shame
O Lord in You, I take my refuge
Deliver me.

In Your justice rescue me
Incline Your ear unto me
Make haste to deliver me
Be my rock, refuge.

Into your hands I commend my spirit
You will redeem me, O lord
You hate those who worship falsely
But my trust is in You.

Love the Lord all ye faithful
The Lord keeps all who are constant
Take courage and be stout hearted
All who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 31

David gives this to the Leader.

Prayer in Distress and Thanksgiving for Escape.

Jesus says verse 6 at His crucifixion. Into your hands I commend my spirit.

David usually ends all his psalms with thanksgiving and prayer. “Take courage and be stout hearted”.

 Psalm 31

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
     let me never be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me!
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me!

For you are my rock and my fortress;
    and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
    but I trust in the Lord.
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
    because you have seen my affliction;
    you have known the distress of my soul,
and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
    you have set my feet in a broad place.

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
     my eye is wasted from grief;
    my soul and my body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
    and my bones waste away.

11 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
    especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
    those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
     rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
16  Make your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love!
17 O Lord, let me not be put to shame,
    for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
    let them go silently to Sheol.
18 Let the lying lips be mute,
    which speak insolently against the righteous
    in pride and contempt.

19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
    which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
     in the sight of the children of mankind!
20 In the cover of your presence you hide them
    from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
    from the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the Lord,
    for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
    when I was in a besieged city.
22 I had said in my alarm,
    “I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
    when I cried to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you his saints!
    The Lord preserves the faithful
    but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
24  Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord!

 

Psalm 32         

Happy the man whose fault is taken
Whose sin is covered
Happy the man who has no guile
For the God imputes no guilt.

Day and night Your hand
Heavy on me
Then I acknowledge my sin
You took away my guilt.

You are my shelter
From distress You will preserve me
With glad cries of freedom
You will ring me round.

Psalm 32

This Psalm is titled
Remission of Sin”  It was written by David with the word “maskil”  which means “engraving on heart”. So I imagine, David had engraved it on his soul. This was one of St. Augustine’s favorite psalms. It is an overwhelming thought that Jesus  took all our sins on the cross with Him  and so one’s faults ( sins) are taken away. Of course we are called to acknowledge our sin and repent.

Psalm 32

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Therefore let everyone who is godly
    offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
    they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
    or it will not stay near you.

10  Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
    but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11  Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

 

Psalm 33         

Exult you just in the Lord
Praise from the upright is fitting
Give thanks to the Lord on the Harp
With strings chant His Praise.
Exult you just in the Lord
Praise from the upright is fitting
Sing to Him a new song, a song of Joy and praise

1. By His Word the heavens were made
    By the Breath of His mouth
    Gathers all the waters
    As in a flash.

2. Let all earth fear Him
    For He spoke and it was made
    For the Plan of God stands
    Forever and ever.

3. Happy the nation whose God is Lord
    The people He has chosen
    From His Throne in Heaven
    Beholds all who dwell.

 

Psalm 33

Praise of the Lord’s Power and Providence.

A hymn of praise in which the just are invited to chant the glories of God. He is ever faithful to his promises, the all powerful Creator and the wise and mighty Ruler of the world. Notice  verse 12 states “Happy the nation  whose God is the Lord”.

Lord, as the Word says ,we proclaim You Lord of our Nation, keep us safe.

Psalm 33

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
     Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
    make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
    play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,
    and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
     the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    and by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;
    he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
    he frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11  The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
    the plans of his heart to all generations.
12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

13 The Lord looks down from heaven;
    he sees all the children of man;
14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out
    on all the inhabitants of the earth,
15 he who fashions the hearts of them all
    and observes all their deeds.
16  The king is not saved by his great army;
    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
17  The war horse is a false hope for salvation,
    and by its great might it cannot rescue.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
     on those who hope in his steadfast love,
19 that he may deliver their soul from death
    and keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart is glad in him,
    because we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in you.

 

            

A Two for One Day!

Psalm 34a         

I will bless the lord
At all times, at all times
His Praise shall ever
Be in my mouth.

Let my soul glory in the Lord
The lowly will hear me and be glad
Glorify the Lord with me, with me
Let us together extol His Name.

---Chorus- Bless the Lord , my soul
Bless His Name, my soul
Bless the Lord .my soul
And bless His Name.

I sought the Lord and he answered me
And delivered me form all my fears.
Look to Him that you may be radiant
And your faces not blush with shame

Chorus

When the afflicted man called out
The Lord heard and saved him.
The angel of the Lord encamps round those fear Him
And delivered them all from fear.
Taste and see how good the Lord is, Lord is
Happy the man who takes refuge in Him.

Chorus

Psalm 34b          

Come children hear me .
Come children hear me
Come children hear me
And I will teach you.

1.  Keep your tongue from evil
     And your lips from speaking guile
     Turn from evil and do good
     Seek peace and pursue it
     If you desire life, take delight in good days

2. The Lord has eyes for the just
    And ears for their cry
    He confronts the evil doers
    When the just cry out to Him
    The Lord hears them
    And from their distress rescues them.

 

Psalm 34.

Praise of God, the Protector of the Just.

David wrote this  when he feigned madness before Philistine King Achish, who forced him to depart. Read about this incredible story in 1 Samuel 21.

This is another favorite so this is a “2 for 1”, memorize this Psalm and keep it close to your heart, it is very powerful.  I echo some of the words, try it.

The second song is “Come children  hear me”. It is a  Rabbi  or a grandmothers teaching..

 

Psalm 34 

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
     Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10  The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11  Come, O children, listen to me;
     I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12  What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may see good?
13  Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
14  Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15  The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
     and his ears toward their cry.
16  The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17  When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.

19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
     but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
     not one of them is broken.
21  Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

 

  

Psalm 35         

Fight O Lord against those who fight me
War against those who make war
Take up a shield and buckler
Rise to my defense,
Fight O Lord for me.

1. Let those be put to shame
    Those who seek my life
    Those who plot evil against me
    The angel drive them.

2. O Lord how long will you look on
    Save me from those who seek my life
    I will give thanks to You
    In the mighty throng I will praise You.

 

 

Psalm 35

Prayer for Help against Unjust Enemies.

David wrote this. Calling upon God  to defend him, the psalmist describes the wickedness and ingratitude of his enemies.

Psalm 35

Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me;
     fight against those who fight against me!
Take hold of shield and buckler
    and rise for my help!
Draw the spear and javelin
    against my pursuers!
Say to my soul,
    “I am your salvation!”

Let them be put to shame and dishonor
    who seek after my life!
Let them be turned back and disappointed
    who devise evil against me!
Let them be like chaff before the wind,
    with the angel of the Lord driving them away!
Let their way be dark and slippery,
    with the angel of the Lord pursuing them!

For without cause they hid their net for me;
    without cause they dug a pit for my life.
Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
And let the net that he hid ensnare him;
    let him fall into it—to his destruction!

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord,
     exulting in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say,
    “O Lord, who is like you,
delivering the poor
    from him who is too strong for him,
    the poor and needy from him who robs him?”

11  Malicious witnesses rise up;
    they ask me of things that I do not know.
12  They repay me evil for good;
    my soul is bereft.
13 But I, when they were sick—
    I wore sackcloth;
    I afflicted myself with fasting;
I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
14     I went about as though I grieved for my friend or my brother;
as one who laments his mother,
    I bowed down in mourning.

15 But at my stumbling they rejoiced and gathered;
    they gathered together against me;
wretches whom I did not know
    tore at me without ceasing;
16 like profane mockers at a feast,
    they gnash at me with their teeth.

17 How long, O Lord, will you look on?
    Rescue me from their destruction,
     my precious life from the lions!
18 I will thank you in the great congregation;
    in the mighty throng I will praise you.

19  Let not those rejoice over me
    who are wrongfully my foes,
and let not those wink the eye
    who hate me without cause.
20 For they do not speak peace,
    but against those who are quiet in the land
    they devise words of deceit.
21 They open wide their mouths against me;
    they say, “Aha, Aha!
    Our eyes have seen it!”

22  You have seen, O Lord; be not silent!
    O Lord, be not far from me!
23 Awake and rouse yourself for my vindication,
    for my cause, my God and my Lord!
24  Vindicate me, O Lord, my God,
    according to your righteousness,
    and let them not rejoice over me!
25 Let them not say in their hearts,
     “Aha, our heart's desire!”
Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.”

26 Let them be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who rejoice at my calamity!
Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor
    who magnify themselves against me!

27 Let those who delight in my righteousness
    shout for joy and be glad
     and say evermore,
“Great is the Lord,
    who delights in the welfare of his servant!”
28 Then my tongue shall tell of your righteousness
    and of your praise all the day long.

 
 
Psalm 36         

O Lord Your kindness reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness to the clouds
Your justice like the mountains
Judgments like the mighty deep.

1. How precious Your kindness O God
    The children of men take refuge
    In the shadow of Your wings there is shelter
    You have filled us with Your gifts.

2. O Lord keep Your kindness towards us
    Your defense of the upright
    For with You is the fountain of Life
    And in Your light we see light.

 

Psalm 36-Human Wickedness and Divine Providence

David again to the leader. The thought of man’s wickedness, which leads him to forget or ignore the just punishments due to his sins is here contrasted with God’s loving care for mankind. Light is the symbol of goodness and happiness, Jesus is the light of the world.

 

      

Psalm 37         

Trust in the Lord and do good
That you may dwell in security
Trust in the Lord and do good
He will bless you.

1. Delight in the Lord
    He will bless you
    Commit your ways
    To Him He will act.

2. Commit to the lord
    All your ways
    Trust in Him and he will help
    Grant you your desires.

3. Give up anger
    And forsake wrath
    For the meek shall possess the land
    Delight in plentiful peace.

4. Neither in my youth
    Nor now that I am old
    All the days He is kindly
    His descendents will be blessed

 

Psalm 37 The Fate of sinners  and the Reward of the Just

David treats  the problem of evil: why the wicked seem to prosper while the good suffer. The answer of the psalmist is that this seeming injustice is short-lived. God will reward the good and punish the wicked even here on earth.

 

      

Psalm 38         

O Lord in Your anger
Punish me not
In Your wrath chastise me not
For Your arrow has sunk deep inside
And Your hand is heavy on me.

1. For your arrows have sunk deep
    And Your Hand has come down on me.
    There is no health in my flesh
    No wholeness in my bones.

2. I am stooped and bowed down
    All the day I go in mourning
    I am numb and crushed
    I roar with anguish.

3. Lord all my desire is for you
    Because for you I wait
    Forsake me not O Lord
    My God be not far from me.

 

About Psalm 38

Prayer of an Afflicted Sinner

This is the third penitential Psalm- Psalm 32 being the second. Again written by David. He acknowledges that his sickness is a punishment  for his sins, the psalmist describes his misery ,which he is patiently bearing with trust in God, whose pardon  and help he implores.

Psalm 38

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor discipline me in your wrath!
For your arrows have sunk into me,
    and your hand has come down on me.

There is no soundness in my flesh
    because of your indignation;
there is no health in my bones
    because of my sin.
For my iniquities have gone over my head;
    like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and fester
    because of my foolishness,
I am utterly bowed down and prostrate;
    all the day I go about mourning.
For my sides are filled with burning,
    and there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am feeble and crushed;
    I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

O Lord, all my longing is before you;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart throbs; my strength fails me,
    and the light of my eyes—it also has gone from me.
11 My friends and companions stand aloof from my plague,
    and my nearest kin stand far off.

12 Those who seek my life lay their snares;
    those who seek my hurt speak of ruin
    and meditate treachery all day long.

13 But I am like a deaf man; I do not hear,
    like a mute man who does not open his mouth.
14 I have become like a man who does not hear,
    and in whose mouth are no rebukes.

15 But for you, O Lord, do I wait;
    it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
16 For I said, “Only let them not rejoice over me,
    who boast against me when my foot slips!”

17 For I am ready to fall,
    and my pain is ever before me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am sorry for my sin.
19 But my foes are vigorous, they are mighty,
    and many are those who hate me wrongfully.
20 Those who render me evil for good
     accuse me because I follow after good.

21 Do not forsake me, O Lord!
    O my God, be not far from me!
22  Make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation!

 

Psalm 39         

Let me know my end
O Lord my God
That I may know how frail I am
And the number of my days.

1. I will watch my ways
    Not to sin with my tongue
    I will set a curb on my mouth
    So You are my hope

2. A short span you have made my days
    All my life is naught before You
    Only a breath is human existence
    In You is my hope.

 

About Psalm 39

The Brevity  and Vanity of Life. A Psalm of David  for the leader, Jeduthun.

Although  he had resolved not to complain, the psalmist laments the brevity  and vanity of life, yet his hope  is in the Lord  to whom he prays for pardon and health.

 
 
 
Psalm 40           

I have waited for the Lord
And He stooped and heard my plea
He drew me from mud
And He set my feet on a rock.

And He put a new song in my heart
A Hymn to Our God
Many shall look on in awe
And trust in the Lord.

Happy the man who trusts in the Lord
How numerous have you made
Your wondrous deeds.

 

About Psalm 40

Gratitude and Prayer for Help
Psalm of David for the leader.

The psalmist thanks  God for having rescued him from the danger of death  and praises the lord for his goodness toward all who trust in Him, he offers  this hymn of  thanksgiving among the worshipers in the temple. A new song  is just what we are singing, God’s Word  is fresh and new each day. Alleluia.

Psalm 40

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
     making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes
    the Lord his trust,
who does not turn to the proud,
    to those who go astray after a lie!
You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
    none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
    yet they are more than can be told.

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,
    but you have given me an open ear.
Burnt offering and sin offering
    you have not required.
Then I said, “Behold, I have come;
    in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
I delight to do your will, O my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I have told the glad news of deliverance
    in the great congregation;
behold, I have not restrained my lips,
     as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;
    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain
    your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
    ever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed me
    beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
    and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
    my heart fails me.

13  Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
14  Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether
    who seek to snatch away my life;
let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame
    who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation
     say continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,
    but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    do not delay, O my God!

 

      

Psalm 41          

Happy is he who regards the lowly and the poor
Happy is he who regards the lowly and the poor.

1. The Lord will keep and preserve him
    He will make him happy
    And not give him over to his enemies.

2. The Lord will help him on his sick bed
    He will take away all his ills
    You O Lord have pity on me
    And raise me up.

 

Psalm 41

A Psalm of David for the leader. It is titled Thanksgiving after sickness.

Although not in the song verse 10 was quoted by Jesus “Even my friend who had my trust and partook of my bread, has raised his heel against me” John 13:18  ,this is referring to Judas at the Last Supper. Jesus  knew this Psalm so well, it closes with “That you love me I know by this, that my enemy does not triumph over me”

 

Psalm 42           

As the deer longs for the water
So my soul for You O God
Athirst is my soul for the living God
When shall I see his Face?

1. When shall I go forth and behold Your face?
    My tears are my food day and night
    And they say to me
    Where is your God?
    I pour my soul out to You

2. When I went Lord with the throng
    And led them in procession
    To the House of Our God
    Amid the cries of joy
    With thanksgiving to You.

3. By day the Lord bestows His Grace
    And at night I have His song
    I sing to God my rock
   Hope in God I will give thanks to you

 

Psalm 42

 For the leader-  A maskil ( instruction) of the sons of Korah, these were Temple singers.  It is titled “Desire for God and His Temple”. This is another of my favorites, I love verse 8: By day the Lord bestows his grace, and at night I have his song, a prayer to my living God. Ask for the grace of “longing” – longing for the Lord.

 
 
 
Psalm 43         

Send forth light and Your fidelity
And they lead me on
Bring me to Your holy mountain
To Your dwelling Place.

1. Then will I go to Your altar
    God of my gladness and joy
    Then I will give thanks on the Harp
    O Lord ,my God.

2. Why are you so downcast             
    Why do you sigh within me?
    Hope in God for I shall give Him
    Thanks in the Presence

Psalm 43.

There are only 5 verses to this Psalm. The words “I will go to the altar of God”   are used at Mass. David praying to be restored to the temple, promises to serve God joyfully. David has a heart turned toward God  in every situation, how can  we strive to walk like him.?

 

      
 

Psalm 44         

O God our ears have heard
Our Fathers told us
The deeds You did in their days
In days of old.

1. How with Your Right Hand
    You rooted out the foes
    It was Your Right hand
    Your strong hand.

2. For not in my bow did I trust
    Nor did my sword save me
    But You saved us from my foes
    You put them to shame.

3. In God we trusted day by day
    Your Name be praised
    You are my King and my God
    Who gave us victories.

Psalm  44

To the Chief musician for the sons of Korah. It is called a song of instruction. Interesting to see the psalmist speak about the days of old when God moved  in mighty ways  with his ancestors. I love to tell the stories of our own family remembering  many struggles   and triumphs  that God had lead them through.

 
 
 
Psalm 45         

My heart overflows with a goodly theme
I sing my ode to the King
Fair in beauty are You than the sons of men
God has blessed You forever.

1. Your Throne O God stands forever
    A tempered rod is Your Staff
    You love justice and hate wickedness
    Our God has anointed You.

2. Myrrh and aloes and cassia
    Your robes are fragrant
    The daughters of Kings come to meet You Lord
    From palaces music brings joy.

Psalm 45

This Psalm is titled ‘Majesty  and Grace of Christ’s Kingdom. It is given to the Chief Musician for the sons of Korah to be played on the Shoshannim ( Trumpet) It is called  A Song of Love. One of the most beautiful of the Psalms  truly a love song  to  the lord Jesus and His Church. I can hear the trumpet blowing now.

 

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