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Psalm 144 – A Song to the LORD Who Preserves and Prospers His People

On this day, and as per Psalm 144, may you be blessed and may God be your blessing. At first, this Psalm of David notes God’s strength. 1 Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle— 2 My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. And then David notes his weakness. 3 Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? 4 Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow. Declaring then, […]

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Psalm 143 – An Earnest Appeal for Guidance and Deliverance

Dear Reader, are you overwhelmed? Psalm 143 is a prayer and a song for you! Let us first, as David does, call out to He who answers prayer! 1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, Give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, And in Your righteousness. 2 Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, For in Your sight no one living is righteous. Let us then lay the burden before our God. 3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead. […]

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Psalm 142 – A Plea for Relief from Persecutors

What would you do if you were hiding in a cave and your enemy, who would rather see you dead, is at the mouth, blocking you, but he doesn’t know you’re there? What would you do? David chooses to write a psalm. 1 Samuel 24 captures the story for us. You should look it up and have a read. Psalm 142 captures his heart! 1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice; With my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You […]

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Psalm 141 – Prayer for Safekeeping from Wickedness

Dear Reader, To whom can you cry out to, when the burden is too heavy? David has the answer, at Psalm 141. 1 Lord, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You. 2 Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. To the LORD we can pray for protection. 3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. 4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice wicked works With men who work iniquity; And do […]

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Psalm 140 – Prayer for Deliverance from Evil Men

Dear reader, against all who are set against you, the LORD your God is with you. This is the reminder of Psalm 140. As David does here, first call out to the LORD your God for deliverance. 1 Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men, 2 Who plan evil things in their hearts; They continually gather together for war. 3 They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; The poison of asps is under their lips. Selah As David concludes, call out to the LORD for confidence. 12 I know that the Lord will maintain The cause of the afflicted, And justice for the poor. 13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your […]

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Psalm 139 – God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

Dear Reader, God knows you. At Psalm 139, David sings of such truth. 1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. David sings of God’s plans for you. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. David sings of his need for the God that knows you. 23 Search me, O God, and know my […]

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Psalm 138 – The LORD’s Goodness to the Faithful

What a joy it is to consider the goodness of the LORD to His own. This is what David considers at Psalm 138 for it is, “A Psalm of David.” 1 I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. 2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. 3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. The beauty of our God is the truth that even when the […]

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Psalm 137 – Longing for the Zion in a Foreign Land

Psalm 137 is a psalm of anger. It historically depicts Judah’s exile to Babylon in the sixth century B.C. Firstly, the psalmist share the mocking of their enemies. 1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it. 3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” Secondly, the psalmist shares his concern over losing sight of His God now that he’s lost sight of his home. 4 How […]

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Psalm 136 – Thanksgiving to God for His Enduring Mercy

“For His mercy endures forever.” This is the theme of Psalm 136. Each one of its 26 Verses end with this statement. Verses 1-3 call upon the name of the LORD. 1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. 3 Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: Verses 4-9 consider His creative power. 4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever; 5 To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, For His mercy endures forever; 6 To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, For His mercy endures forever; […]

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Psalm 135 – Praise to God in Creation and Redemption

Psalm 135 is bookended with the phrase, “Praise the Lord!” This means that the contents of this psalm, as all of Scripture does, warrants our praise. At Verses 5-7, let us praise God for our creation! 5 For I know that the Lord is great, And our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatever the Lord pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. 7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries. At Verses 9-12, let us praise God for our redemption! 9 He sent signs […]

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