[A Davidic prayer.] Listen, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
Protect my life, for I am faithful. You are my God; save Your servant who trusts in You.
Be gracious to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long.
Bring joy to Your servant's life, since I set my hope on You, Lord.
For You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, abundant in faithful love to all who call on You.
LORD, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy.
I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me.
Lord, there is no one like You among the gods, and there are no works like Yours.
All the nations You have made will come and bow down before You, Lord, and will honor Your name.
For You are great and perform wonders; You alone are God.
Teach me Your way, LORD, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.
I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.
For Your faithful love for me is great, and You deliver my life from the depths of Sheol.
God, arrogant people have attacked me; a gang of ruthless men seeks my life. They have no regard for You.
But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abundant in faithful love and truth.
Turn to me and be gracious to me. Give Your strength to Your servant; save the son of Your female servant.
Show me a sign of Your goodness; my enemies will see and be put to shame because You, LORD, have helped and comforted me.
[A psalm of the sons of Korah. A song.] His foundation is on the holy mountains.
The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are said about you, city of God. Selah
"I will mention those who know Me: Rahab, Babylon, Philistia, Tyre, and Cush-- each one was born there."
And it will be said of Zion, "This one and that one were born in her." The Most High Himself will establish her.
When He registers the peoples, the LORD will record, "This one was born there." Selah
Singers and dancers alike [will say], "All my springs are in you."
[A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.] LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out before You day and night.
May my prayer reach Your presence; listen to my cry.
For I have had enough troubles, and my life is near Sheol.
I am counted among those going down to the Pit. I am like a man without strength,
abandoned among the dead. I am like the slain lying in the grave, whom You no longer remember, and who are cut off from Your care.
You have put me in the lowest part of the Pit, in the darkest places, in the depths.
Your wrath weighs heavily on me; You have overwhelmed me with all Your waves. Selah
You have distanced my friends from me; You have made me repulsive to them. I am shut in and cannot go out.
My eyes are worn out from crying. LORD, I cry out to You all day long; I spread out my hands to You.
Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah
Will Your faithful love be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Will Your wonders be known in the darkness, or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
But I call to You for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer meets You.
LORD, why do You reject me? Why do You hide Your face from me?
From my youth, I have been afflicted and near death. I suffer Your horrors; I am desperate.
Your wrath sweeps over me; Your terrors destroy me.
They surround me like water all day long; they close in on me from every side.
You have distanced loved one and neighbor from me; darkness is my [only] friend.
[A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.] I will sing about the LORD's faithful love forever; with my mouth I will proclaim Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I will declare, "Faithful love is built up forever; You establish Your faithfulness in the heavens."
[The LORD said,] "I have made a covenant with My chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David My servant:
'I will establish your offspring forever and build up your throne for all generations.' " Selah
LORD, the heavens praise Your wonders-- Your faithfulness also-- in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies can compare with the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD?
God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, more awe-inspiring than all who surround Him.
LORD God of Hosts, who is strong like You, LORD? Your faithfulness surrounds You.
You rule the raging sea; when its waves surge, You still them.
You crushed Rahab like one who is slain; You scattered Your enemies with Your powerful arm.
The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours. The world and everything in it-- You founded them.
North and south-- You created them. Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
You have a mighty arm; Your hand is powerful; Your right hand is lifted high.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; faithful love and truth go before You.
Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; LORD, they walk in the light of Your presence.
They rejoice in Your name all day long, and they are exalted by Your righteousness.
For You are their magnificent strength; by Your favor our horn is exalted.
Surely our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel.
You once spoke in a vision to Your loyal ones and said: "I have granted help to a warrior; I have exalted one chosen from the people.
I have found David My servant; I have anointed him with My sacred oil.
My hand will always be with him, and My arm will strengthen him.
The enemy will not afflict him; no wicked man will oppress him.
I will crush his foes before him and strike those who hate him.
My faithfulness and love will be with him, and through My name his horn will be exalted.
I will extend his power to the sea and his right hand to the rivers.
He will call to Me, 'You are my Father, my God, the rock of my salvation.'
I will also make him My firstborn, greatest of the kings of the earth.
I will always preserve My faithful love for him, and My covenant with him will endure.
I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as heaven lasts.
If his sons forsake My instruction and do not live by My ordinances,
if they dishonor My statutes and do not keep My commandments,
then I will call their rebellion to account with the rod, their sin with blows.
But I will not withdraw My faithful love from him or betray My faithfulness.
I will not violate My covenant or change what My lips have said.
Once and for all I have sworn an oath by My holiness; I will not lie to David.
His offspring will continue forever, his throne like the sun before Me,
like the moon, established forever, a faithful witness in the sky." Selah
But You have spurned and rejected him; You have become enraged with Your anointed.
You have repudiated the covenant with Your servant; You have completely dishonored his crown.
You have broken down all his walls; You have reduced his fortified cities to ruins.
All who pass by plunder him; he has become a joke to his neighbors.
You have lifted high the right hand of his foes; You have made all his enemies rejoice.
You have also turned back his sharp sword and have not let him stand in battle.
You have made his splendor cease and have overturned his throne.
You have shortened the days of his youth; You have covered him with shame. Selah
How long, LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever? Will Your anger keep burning like fire?
Remember how short my life is. Have You created everyone for nothing?
What man can live and never see death? Who can save himself from the power of Sheol? Selah
Lord, where are the former acts of Your faithful love that You swore to David in Your faithfulness?
Remember, Lord, the ridicule against Your servants-- in my heart I carry [abuse] from all the peoples--
how Your enemies have ridiculed, LORD, how they have ridiculed every step of Your anointed.
May the LORD be praised forever. Amen and amen.
[A prayer of Moses the man of God.] Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.
Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God.
You return mankind to the dust, saying, "Return, descendants of Adam."
For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.
You end their life; they sleep. They are like grass that grows in the morning--
in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up.
For we are consumed by Your anger; we are terrified by Your wrath.
You have set our unjust ways before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
For all our days ebb away under Your wrath; we end our years like a sigh.
Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.
Who understands the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear that is due You.
Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.
Lord-- how long? Turn and have compassion on Your servants.
Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.
Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us, for as many years as we have seen adversity.
Let Your work be seen by Your servants, and Your splendor by their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands-- establish the work of our hands!