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Bible Reading Plan – Day 112

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A Prayer for Help

1Save me, O God!

LORD, help me now!

2May those who try to kill me

be defeated and confused.

May those who are happy because of my troubles

be turned back and disgraced.

3May those who jeer at me

be dismayed by their defeat.

4May all who come to you

be glad and joyful.

May all who are thankful for your salvation

always say, “How great is God!”

5I am weak and poor;

come to me quickly, O God.

You are my saviour, O LORD

hurry to my aid!

An Old Person's Prayer

1LORD, I have come to you for protection;

never let me be defeated!

2Because you are righteous, help me and rescue me.

Listen to me and save me!

3Be my secure shelter

and a strong fortress to protect me;

you are my refuge and defence.

4My God, rescue me from the wicked,

from the power of those who are cruel and evil.

5Sovereign LORD, I put my hope in you;

I have trusted in you since I was young.

6I have relied on you all my life;

you have protected me since the day I was born.

I will always praise you.

7My life has been an example to many,

because you have been my strong defender.

8All day long I praise you

and proclaim your glory.

9Do not reject me now that I am old;

do not abandon me now that I am feeble.

10My enemies want to kill me;

they talk and plot against me.

11They say, “God has abandoned him;

let's go after him and catch him;

there is no one to rescue him.”

12Don't stay so far away, O God;

my God, hurry to my aid!

13May those who attack me

be defeated and destroyed.

May those who try to hurt me

be shamed and disgraced.

14I will always put my hope in you;

I will praise you more and more.

15I will tell of your goodness;

all day long I will speak of your salvation,

though it is more than I can understand.

16I will go in the strength of the LORD God;

I will proclaim your goodness, yours alone.

17You have taught me ever since I was young,

and I still tell of your wonderful acts.

18Now that I am old and my hair is grey,

do not abandon me, O God!

Be with me while I proclaim your power and might

to all generations to come.

19Your righteousness, God, reaches the skies.

You have done great things;

there is no one like you.

20You have sent troubles and suffering on me,

but you will restore my strength;

you will keep me from the grave.

21You will make me greater than ever;

you will comfort me again.

22I will indeed praise you with the harp;

I will praise your faithfulness, my God.

On my harp I will play hymns to you,

the Holy One of Israel.

23I will shout for joy as I play for you;

with my whole being I will sing

because you have saved me.

24I will speak of your righteousness all day long,

because those who tried to harm me

have been defeated and disgraced.

A Prayer for the King

1Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;

share with him your own justice,

2so that he will rule over your people with justice

and govern the oppressed with righteousness.

3May the land enjoy prosperity;

may it experience righteousness.

4May the king judge the poor fairly;

may he help the needy

and defeat their oppressors.

5May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,

as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

6May the king be like rain on the fields,

like showers falling on the land.

7May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,

and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

8His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,

from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

9The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;

his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.

10The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;

the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him offerings.

11All kings will bow down before him;

all nations will serve him.

12He rescues the poor who call to him,

and those who are needy and neglected.

13He has pity on the weak and poor;

he saves the lives of those in need.

14He rescues them from oppression and violence;

their lives are precious to him.

15Long live the king!

May he be given gold from Sheba;

may prayers be said for him at all times;

may God's blessings be on him always!

16May there be plenty of corn in the land;

may the hills be covered with crops,

as fruitful as those of Lebanon.

May the cities be filled with people,

like fields full of grass.

17May the king's name never be forgotten;

may his fame last as long as the sun.

May all nations ask God to bless them

as he has blessed the king.

18Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!

He alone does these wonderful things.

19Praise his glorious name for ever!

May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen!

20This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Book Three

Psalms 73—89

The Justice of God

1God is indeed good to Israel,

to those who have pure hearts.

2But I had nearly lost confidence;

my faith was almost gone

3because I was jealous of the proud

when I saw that things go well for the wicked.

4They do not suffer pain;

they are strong and healthy.

5They do not suffer as other people do;

they do not have the troubles that others have.

6And so they wear pride like a necklace

and violence like a robe;

7their hearts pour out evil,

and their minds are busy with wicked schemes.

8They laugh at other people and speak of evil things;

they are proud and make plans to oppress others.

9They speak evil of God in heaven

and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,

10so that even God's people turn to them

and eagerly believe whatever they say.

11They say, “God will not know;

the Most High will not find out.”

12That is what the wicked are like.

They have plenty and are always getting more.

13Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure

and have not committed sin?

14O God, you have made me suffer all day long;

every morning you have punished me.

15If I had said such things,

I would not be acting as one of your people.

16I tried to think this problem through,

but it was too difficult for me

17until I went into your Temple.

Then I understood what will happen to the wicked.

18You will put them in slippery places

and make them fall to destruction!

19They are instantly destroyed;

they go down to a horrible end.

20They are like a dream that goes away in the morning;

when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear.

21When my thoughts were bitter

and my feelings were hurt,

22I was as stupid as an animal;

I did not understand you.

23Yet I always stay close to you,

and you hold me by the hand.

24You guide me with your instruction

and at the end you will receive me with honour.

25What else have I in heaven but you?

Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?

26My mind and my body may grow weak,

but God is my strength;

he is all I ever need.

27Those who abandon you will certainly perish;

you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.

28But as for me, how wonderful to be near God,

to find protection with the Sovereign LORD

and to proclaim all that he has done!

A Prayer for National Deliverance

1Why have you abandoned us like this, O God?

Will you be angry with your own people for ever?

2Remember your people, whom you chose for yourself long ago,

whom you brought out of slavery to be your own tribe.

Remember Mount Zion, where once you lived.

3Walk over these total ruins;

our enemies have destroyed everything in the Temple.

4Your enemies have shouted in triumph in your Temple;

they have placed their flags there as signs of victory.

5They looked like woodmen

cutting down trees with their axes.

6They smashed all the wooden panels

with their axes and sledgehammers.

7They wrecked your Temple and set it on fire;

they desecrated the place where you are worshipped.

8They wanted to crush us completely;

they burnt down every holy place in the land.

9All our sacred symbols are gone;

there are no prophets left,

and no one knows how long this will last.

10How long, O God, will our enemies laugh at you?

Will they insult your name for ever?

11Why have you refused to help us?

Why do you keep your hands behind you?

12But you have been our king from the beginning, O God;

you have saved us many times.

13With your mighty strength you divided the sea

and smashed the heads of the sea monsters;

14you crushed the heads of the monster Leviathan

and fed his body to desert animals.

15You made springs and fountains flow;

you dried up large rivers.

16You created the day and the night;

you set the sun and the moon in their places;

17you set the limits of the earth;

you made summer and winter.

18But remember, O LORD, that your enemies laugh at you,

that they are godless and despise you.

19Don't abandon your helpless people to their cruel enemies;

don't forget your persecuted people!

20Remember the covenant you made with us.

There is violence in every dark corner of the land.

21Don't let the oppressed be put to shame;

let those poor and needy people praise you.

22Rouse yourself, God, and defend your cause!

Remember that godless people laugh at you all day long.

23Don't forget the angry shouts of your enemies,

the continuous noise made by your foes.

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