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Psalm 46         

God is our refuge and strength
Our present help in trouble
We will not fear though the seas rage
Our stronghold God of Jacob.

1. There is a stream whose riplets
    Gladden the city of God
    The holy Dwelling on the Most High
    Shall not be disturbed.

2. God is in its midst
    It shall not be disturbed
    God will help at the dawn
    The Lord of host with us.

Psalm 46

Again to the Chief Musician for the sons of Korah.A song upon Alamoth  ( for treble voices) In 1 Chronicles 15: David  had gathered together  all the Israelites in verse 3 he says” Of the sons of Korah;  Uriel  the chief and his brethren  an hundred and twenty. So there were 120 singers in the sons of  Korah. Please read  this Chapter in the Old Testament,  it opens    to understand many of the  words used in the Psalms. Psalm 46 is so powerful, another of my favorites.



Psalm 47         

All ye people ,clap your hands
Shout to God with gladness
All ye people clap your hands
And shout to God with joy.

1. For the Lord is most High
    Great King over the earth
    He brings people under him
    Nations under his feet.

2. God mounts His Throne
    Amid shouts of joy
    Sing praise to our God
    Sing praises to our King.

3. King of all the earth
    Sing hymns of praise
    God reigns over the nations
    Our God is supreme.


Psalm 47

To the Chief Musician whose name is Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song, he instructed about the song because he was skilful. This Psalm is titled “The Lord and King of All Nations”, verse 6 says God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet lasts. Wouldn’t you love  to hear  them shout for joy.?







Psalm 48         

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God
His holy Mountain ,the fairest of heights
Joy of all the earth.

1. Mount Zion recesses of the north
    Is the city of the King
    God is with her castles
    Renewed stronghold.

2. As Your Name O God
    So also Your Praise
    Reaches to the ends of the earth
    Let Mount Zion be glad.


Psalm 48

Thanksgiving for Jerusalem’s Deliverance.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah. 

A Hymn of thanksgiving ,sung in the temple after Jerusalem had successfully withstood an attack launched by a league of hostile kings. What a glorious psalm, how often our hearts swell with thanksgiving  to God  for all He has done.



Psalm 49         

Hear all ye people
all who dwell on the earth
Of lowly birth and in high degree.

1. My mouth shall speak of wisdom
    Prudence is my heart
    My ear is on a proverb
    I will set to music.

2. Why should I fear evil days?
    When the wicked are about
    They trust in their wealth
    Their riches are their boast

3. No way can man redeem himself
    Or pay his ransom to God
    Too high is price
    He would never have enough.


Psalm 49

To the Chief Musician- A psalm for the sons of Korah- These sons get a lot of psalms given to them, they must have been  very good.

This psalm is titled “Riches cannot redeem men” How true, store up treasure in heaven that will last .How? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for  one way.



Psalm 50          

He that offers praise
Glorifies me
And to him that does right
Then I will show my salvation.

1. God has spoken and summons the earth
    From the rising sun to its setting
    From Zion , perfect in beauty
    God shines forth.

2. Gather my faithful ones before Me
    Those who have made a covenant
    Hear my people and I will speak
    Offer praise as your sacrifice.


Psalm 50-

A psalm of Asaph –remember him?

I Chronicles15:16 -David spoke to the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting  up the voice of joy. So the Levites appointed Heman; Asaph..

This Psalm is titled God the Mighty Judge, the pleasure of God is not in ceremony but in sincerity of obedience.

This is a great Psalm  to memorize  and make part of your spirit.


Psalm 51a ( 2 for 1)

Mercy on me
In Your goodness O Lord
In Your compassion
Wipe out my offense.

Wash me from my guilt
Of my sin cleanse me
I acknowledge my offense
Against You only have I sinned
And done evil in my heart.

Cleanse me of sin with hyssop
That I may be purified
Wash me Lord
And I shall be
Whiter, whiter than snow

Psalm 51b    

Create in me a clean heart O Lord
And a steadfast spirit renew in me
Create in me a clean heart O lord
And renew a spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your Presence
Take not Your spirit from me
Give me back the joy of my salvation
And sustain me.

I will teach sinners Your ways
And they shall return to You
O Lord open my lips
And I shall proclaim Your praise.

Psalm 51c (another version music ps95)
Walter Mattingly Vocalist

Forgive me, O Lord my God
Lord have mercy
Forgive me O Lord my God
Lord, have mercy

Wash me from my guilt
Lord, have mercy
Of my sin cleanse me
Lord, have mercy

I acknowledge my offense
Lord, have mercy
Against You only have I sinned
Lord, have mercy

Cleanse me of sin with hyssop
Lord, have mercy
That I may be purified
Lord, have mercy

Wash me Lord And I shall be
Lord, have mercy
whiter than snow
Lord, have mercy

About Psalm 51

David gives this  to the Chief Musician ( remember Chenaniah?) when Nathan  the prophet came to him  after he had gone in to Bathsheba. David prays for remission of sins and for sanctification. This is perhaps the greatest psalm of repentance. After David’s sin  against Bathsheba and her husband Uriah it is very comforting  to me  that no matter what sin has been committed God forgives and even still calls David a man after His own heart. So great hope  and comfort for us all.

This Psalm is so powerful  that  it is a 2 for 1 Day.

The second part of the Psalm –verse 9 calls for God to create a new heart in us. Join David as we sing and pray  this Psalm to the lord. Mercy.

Psalm 51

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
     blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
    and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
     wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
     let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.
10  Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.
11  Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
    O God of my salvation,
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16  For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
    you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18  Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
     build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
    in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.


Psalm 52         

I am like a green olive tree
In the House of the Lord
I will trust in the kindness of God

Why do you glory in evil?
Champion of infamy
All the day you plot harm
You love evil more than good.

God Himself will demolish you
Forever He will break you
He shall pluck you from your tent
And uproot you from the land.

The just shall look on in awe
Then they shall laugh at him
This man put his trust in wealth
But God is really his strength.


Psalm 52

David gives this to the Chief Musician, it is an instruction. It is titled “Judgment on the deceitful”
David is heartbroken as he tells all generations about what will happen to the deceitful. Doeg was an Edomite and was the chief of all Saul’s herdmen. David was running form Saul at this time, he had no food or weapons, he approached the town of Nob and spoke to the priest Ahimelech. He asked for food but the priest replied all he had was the sacred showbread but since David was the King’s son-in- law and well known and esteemed , the priest gave the bread to him. Then David asked for any weapon that he might have, the priest said the only weapon available was the sword of Goliath who David had slain. So David took that. Over in the corner listening to all this was Doeg, the herdsman. He reported back to Saul, the king was outraged. He sent for Ahimelech, confronted him and had all the priest and people of the town of Nob killed. David was distraught, he realized he was the cause of massacre and took in the remaining survivor.
Lord, help us today to be on guard with our tongue in all circumstances and do no man harm.



Psalm 53         

God looks down from Heaven
Upon the children of man
To see if there be one who Is wise
and seeks God.

All alike have gone astray
They have become perverse
There is no one who does good
Not even one.

Will the evil doers ever learn
They eat up people like bread
There they were in great fear
They are put to shame.

Oh that out of Zion
Salvation would come
When God restores his people
Then Jacob shall be glad


About Psalm 53

A Portrait of the godless. It is a Psalm of David and was given to the Chief Musician, it is for instruction.
There are only 6 verses to this Psalm , the only one who meets God’s requirement is Jesus, His Son.
Verse 6 says
Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion
When God brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice and Israel shall be glad.
Dear Lord, thank You for sending Jesus to be our salvation, redeeming us and calling us to be holy people We seek You today in all we do and say.

Psalm 53  

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
    They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
    there is none who does good.

God looks down from heaven
    on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
    who seek after God.

They have all fallen away;
    together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
    not even one.

Have those who work evil no knowledge,
    who eat up my people as they eat bread,
    and do not call upon God?

There they are, in great terror,
     where there is no terror!
For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you;
    you put them to shame, for God has rejected them.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores the fortunes of his people,
    let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.



Psalm 54    

O God by Your name defend me
And by Your might defend my cause
Hear my prayer and hearken to the words
Of my mouth ,
O Lord hear my prayer.

Haughty men have risen against me
And fierce men seek my life
They set not God before their eyes

Behold God is my helper
The Lord sustains my life
Turn back the evil on my foes

Freely I will offer sacrifice
I will praise Your name O Lord
Because You have rescued me.


About Psalm 54

Confident Prayer in Great Peril
David gives to the leader to play on stringed instruments .
In Samuel 23: 19 : Some of the Ziphites went up to Saul in Gibeah and said ”David is hiding among us, now in the refuges, and again at Horesh, or on the hill of Hachilak, south of the wasteland. Therefore whenever the king wishes to come down, let him do so, It will be our task to deliver him into the king’s grasp.
Reminds me of Judas betraying Jesus to the Pharisees.
Lord, help us to be true to our friends in word and action. Thank You for giving us Your Word to follow Your ways which are truth and life, more completely.

Psalm 54

O God, save me by your name,
    and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
    give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen against me;
    ruthless men seek my life;
    they do not set God before themselves. Selah

Behold, God is my helper;
    the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
    in your faithfulness put an end to them.

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
    I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
    and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.


Psalm 55         

Hearken O God to my prayer
Turn not away from my plea
Give heed to me and answer me
O lord Hear my prayer .

I rock with grief and trouble
At the voice of my enemy
For they bring down evil
Fury they persecute me.

My heart quakes with fear
Terror of death, falls on me
Fear and trembling come upon me
Horror overwhelms me.

Cast your care on the Lord
He will support you
God will bring them down to destruction
Into the pit of destruction..

Psalm 55

David again gives instruction to the musician to play on stringed instruments. This Psalm is titled
Complaint against enemies and a disloyal companion.
Ps.55 vividly describing his fear and his longing to flee, the psalmist bewails the disorders about him, especially the treachery of a former friend, yet full of confidence in God ,he prays for the overthrow of the wicked.
Lord, we offer all that we are to You , help us to be true to friends along our path. Help us to be Your voice of kindness and truth to all we meet today.



Psalm 56         

Have pity on me O Lord
For men trample me
All the day they press attack
Against me.

My enemies trample on me
They gather together in hiding
They watch my every step
Waiting for my life.

O God Most high
When I begin to fear
In You will I trust
In God I will glory

I am bound O God     
By vows to You
You have rescued me from death
In the sight of the living.


Psalm 56

This is titled: Trust in God, the Helper in Need
It was given to the Chief Musician, it is a “miktam” ( teaching) engrave it on your heart.
David in 1 Samuel 21:10:11- David took to flight from Saul, going to Achish, king of Gath. But the servants of Achish said “Is this not David, the king of the land? During their dances do they not sing, “Saul has slain his thousands, but David his ten thousands”? David took note of these remarks and became very much afraid of Achish, the king. So as they watched , he feigned insanity and acted like a madman in their hands, drumming on the doors of the gate and drooling onto his beard. Finally Achish, said “You see the man is mad, Why did you bring him to me? So they let David go from Gath.

Dear Lord, help me to trust in You for the day’s needs.

Psalm 57    

In the shadow of Thy wing I take refuge
Till harm passes me by
I call upon my God the Most High
To God my Savior.

Have pity on me
For in You I take refuge
I called to God Most high
Send help from Heaven

They have prepared a net for my feet
They have bowed me down
They have dug a pit before me
But they fall into it.

I will give thanks to You
Among the peoples
I will chant Your praise
Be exalted above all the earth.


About Psalm 57

Titled: Confident prayer for Deliverance- Trust in God amid troubles.
David again to the Leader, a michtam( an engraving on the heart) At this time in David’s life he was fleeing for his life from King Saul who was pursuing him out of jealousy and envy. Both were in a cave with David in the situation where he could have killed Saul but instead he tore the end of Saul’s cape and after Saul left the cave David called out to him and informed him that he had part of his cloak. David would not youch the person of Saul who had been anointed King.
Lord, help us to do the right thing at all times in all our circumstances, to be peace makers, respectful to authority and honor those in positions of power. God will have His way but that’s up to Him. Amen

Psalm 57

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
     till the storms of destruction pass by.
I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

My soul is in the midst of lions;
    I lie down amid fiery beasts—
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

They set a net for my steps;
    my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
My heart is steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
     Awake, my glory!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

11  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

Psalm 58         

Do you indeed like God’s pronounce justice?
And judge fairly ,you men of rank?
Nay you willingly commit crimes on earth
You look to the fruits of extortion.

2. From the womb the wicked are perverted
    Astray from birth have the liars gone.
    Theirs is poison like a serpent’s
    Like that of a stubborn snake that stops its ears.

3. O God smash their teeth in their mouths
    Let them vanish  like water flowing
    Let them dissolve like a melting snail
    When they draw their bows let their arrows fail.

4. The just man shall be glad when he sees vengeance
    He shall bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked
    Men shall say ’There is a reward for the just
    Truly God is the judge of the earth.


About Psalm 58

Again David sends to the Chief Musician,
Michtam ( engraved on the heart). David describes the nature of the wicked, he cries out for God’s vengeance.

Verse 11 says So that a man shall say, truly there is a reward for the righteous; He is a God that judges in the earth.

Lord, today we ask Your blessing in all our works and ways, be with us, lead us in the paths of righteousness.

Psalm 58

58:1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, silent ones? 
        Do you judge blamelessly, you sons of men?

58:2 No, in your heart you plot injustice.
You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.
58:3 The wicked go astray from the womb.
They are wayward as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a snake;
like a deaf cobra that stops its ear,

58:5 which doesn’t listen to the voice of charmers,
        no matter how skillful the charmer may be.

58:6 Break their teeth, God, in their mouth.
Break out the great teeth of the young lions, Yahweh.
58:7 Let them vanish as water that flows away.
When they draw the bow, let their arrows be made blunt.
58:8 Let them be like a snail which melts and passes  
         away, like the stillborn child, who has not seen
         the sun.
58:9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns,
he will sweep away the green and the burning alike.
58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
58:11 so that men shall say, “Most certainly there is a
          reward for the righteous.
Most certainly there is a God who judges the earth.”


Psalm 59     

You O Lord laugh at them
Deride all the nations
You O God are my stronghold
For You I watch.

Rescue me from my enemies
From my adversaries
They lie in wait for my life
They come against me.

Rouse Yourself to see it
For You alone are Lord
Arise punish them
Have no pity on them.


About Psalm 59

To the Chief Musician- Another Michtam of David. In 1 Samuel 19:11. Saul sent messengers to David’s house, to watch him and to slay him in the morning, and Michal ,David’s wife , told him , saying, If you save not your life tonight , tomorrow you shall be killed. David cries out” Deliver me from my enemies”. Remember Michal is not only David’s wife but Saul’s daughter. Lord, keep us from being envious and jealous of other’s gifts and talents. Help us to be the persons You want us to be,not what we think .

Psalm 59

59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God.
Set me on high from those who rise up against me.
59:2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity.
Save me from the bloodthirsty men.
59:3 For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul.
The mighty gather themselves together against me,
not for my disobedience, nor for my sin, Yahweh.
59:4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Rise up, behold, and help me!
59:5 You, Yahweh God of Armies, the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish the nations.
Show no mercy to the wicked traitors.
59:6 They return at evening, howling like dogs,
and prowl around the city.
59:7 Behold, they spew with their mouth.
Swords are in their lips,
“For,” they say, “who hears us?”
59:8 But you, Yahweh, laugh at them.
You scoff at all the nations.
59:9 Oh, my Strength, I watch for you,
for God is my high tower.
59:10 My God will go before me with his loving kindness.
God will let me look at my enemies in triumph.
59:11 Don’t kill them, or my people may forget.
Scatter them by your power, and bring them down, Lord our shield.
59:12 For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride,
for the curses and lies which they utter.
59:13 Consume them in wrath.
Consume them, and they will be no more.
Let them know that God rules in Jacob,
to the ends of the earth.
59:14 At evening let them return.
Let them howl like a dog, and go around the city.
59:15 They shall wander up and down for food,
and wait all night if they aren’t satisfied.
59:16 But I will sing of your strength.
Yes, I will sing aloud of your loving kindness in the morning. For you have been my high tower.  a refuge in the day of my distress.
59:17 To you, my strength, I will sing praises.
For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.


Psalm 60     

O God You've  rejected us
And broken our defense
You have been so angry with us
Rally us up O Lord.

You have rocked the country and split it open
Repair the walls for it is tottering
You have made Your people suffer hardship
You have given stupefying wine.

Help us by Your Right Hand
That Your loved ones may escape
Give us aid against the foe
Worthless is help of man.

Have not You O God rejected us
Under God we do valiantly
It is He who treads down our foes.
Our God Help Us.


About Psalm 60

A Prayer for Help. To the Chief Musician- another Michtam to teach when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned and smote 18,000 in the Valley of Salt.2Samuel 8:13 says” And David got him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being 18,000 men.
Lord help us to call upon You today for all our needs.

Psalm 60
60:1 God, you have rejected us.
You have broken us down. You have been angry.
Restore us, again.
60:2 You have made the land tremble.
You have torn it. Mend its fractures, for it quakes.
60:3 You have shown your people hard things.
You have made us drink the wine that makes us stagger.
60:4 You have given a banner to those who fear you,
that it may be displayed because of the truth.
60:5 So that your beloved may be delivered,
save with your right hand, and answer us.
60:6 God has spoken from his sanctuary:
“I will triumph.
I will divide Shechem,
and measure out the valley of Succoth.
60:7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine.
Ephraim also is the defense of my head.
Judah is my scepter.
60:8 Moab is my wash basin.
I will throw my shoe on Edom.
I shout in triumph over Philistia.”
60:9 Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who has led me to Edom?
60:10 Haven’t you, God, rejected us?
You don’t go out with our armies, God.
60:11 Give us help against the adversary,
for the help of man is vain.
60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly,
for it is he who will tread down our adversaries.


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