Psalm for Prayer - February 18, 2019

Psalm 37:1–11 (ESV)

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! 

2 For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. 

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 

4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. 

6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 

7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 

8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 

9 For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. 

10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. 

11 But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.

Psalm for Prayer - February 11, 2019

Psalm 1 (ESV)

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 

2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 

4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 

6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm for Prayer - February 4, 2019

Psalm 138 (ESV)

Of David. 

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 

2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 

3 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. 

4 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, 

5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord. 

6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. 

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. 

8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm for Prayer - January 28, 2019

Psalm 71 (ESV)

1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! 

2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! 

3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 

4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. 

5 For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. 

6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you. 

7 I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. 

8 My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. 

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. 

10 For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together 

11 and say, “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.” 

12 O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 

13 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed; with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my hurt. 

14 But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. 

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. 

16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord GodI will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. 

17 O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. 

18 So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. 

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? 

20 You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. 

21 You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. 

22 I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 

23 My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. 

24 And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.

Psalm for Prayer - January 21, 2019

Psalm 19 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 

2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 

3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 

4 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, 

5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. 

6 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. 

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 

8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 

9 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 for Prayer - January 7, 2019

Psalm 29 (ESV)

A Psalm of David. 

1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. 

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. 

4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. 

6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. 

8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 

9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” 

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. 

11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lordbless his people with peace!

Psalm for Prayer - December 31, 2018

Psalm 72:1–14 (ESV)

1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! 

2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! 

3 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! 

4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! 

5 May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations! 

6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! 

7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 

8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! 

9 May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! 

10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 

11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! 

12 For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. 

13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 

14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.