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To The Word – Day 221

Psalms 106–111

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The LORD's Goodness to his People

1Praise the LORD!

Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;

his love is eternal.

2Who can tell all the great things he has done?

Who can praise him enough?

3Happy are those who obey his commands,

who always do what is right.

4Remember me, LORD, when you help your people;

include me when you save them.

5Let me see the prosperity of your people

and share in the happiness of your nation,

in the glad pride of those who belong to you.

6We have sinned as our ancestors did;

we have been wicked and evil.

7Our ancestors in Egypt did not understand God's wonderful acts;

they forgot the many times he showed them his love,

and they rebelled against the Almighty at the Red Sea.

8But he saved them, as he had promised,

in order to show his great power.

9He gave a command to the Red Sea,

and it dried up;

he led his people across on dry land.

10He saved them from those who hated them;

he rescued them from their enemies.

11But the water drowned their enemies;

not one of them was left.

12Then his people believed his promises

and sang praises to him.

13But they quickly forgot what he had done

and acted without waiting for his advice.

14They were filled with craving in the desert

and put God to the test;

15so he gave them what they asked for,

but also sent a terrible disease among them.

16There in the desert they were jealous of Moses

and of Aaron, the LORD's holy servant.

17Then the earth opened up and swallowed Dathan

and buried Abiram and his family;

18fire came down on their followers

and burnt up those wicked people.

19They made a gold bull calf at Sinai

and worshipped that idol;

20they exchanged the glory of God

for the image of an animal that eats grass.

21They forgot the God who had saved them

by his mighty acts in Egypt.

22What wonderful things he did there!

What amazing things at the Red Sea!

23When God said that he would destroy his people,

his chosen servant, Moses, stood up against God

and prevented his anger from destroying them.

24Then they rejected the pleasant land,

because they did not believe God's promise.

25They stayed in their tents and grumbled

and would not listen to the LORD.

26So he gave them a solemn warning

that he would make them die in the desert

27and scatter their descendants among the heathen,

letting them die in foreign countries.

28Then at Peor, God's people joined in the worship of Baal,

and ate sacrifices offered to dead gods.

29They stirred up the LORD's anger by their actions,

and a terrible disease broke out among them.

30But Phinehas stood up and punished the guilty,

and the plague was stopped.

31This has been remembered in his favour ever since

and will be for all time to come.

32At the springs of Meribah the people made the LORD angry,

and Moses was in trouble on their account.

33They made him so bitter

that he spoke without stopping to think.

34They did not kill the heathen,

as the LORD had commanded them to do,

35but they intermarried with them

and adopted their pagan ways.

36God's people worshipped idols,

and this caused their destruction.

37They offered their own sons and daughters

as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.

38They killed those innocent children,

and the land was defiled by those murders.

39They made themselves impure by their actions

and were unfaithful to God.

40So the LORD was angry with his people;

he was disgusted with them.

41He abandoned them to the power of the heathen,

and their enemies ruled over them.

42They were oppressed by their enemies

and were in complete subjection to them.

43Many times the LORD rescued his people,

but they chose to rebel against him

and sank deeper into sin.

44Yet the LORD heard them when they cried out,

and he took notice of their distress.

45For their sake he remembered his covenant,

and because of his great love he relented.

46He made all their oppressors

feel sorry for them.

47Save us, O LORD our God,

and bring us back from among the nations,

so that we may be thankful

and praise your holy name.

48Praise the LORD, the God of Israel;

praise him now and for ever!

Let everyone say, “Amen!”

Praise the LORD!

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Book Five

Psalms 107—150

In Praise of God's Goodness

1“Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;

his love is eternal!”

2Repeat these words in praise to the LORD,

all you whom he has saved.

He has rescued you from your enemies

3and has brought you back from foreign countries,

from east and west, from north and south.

4Some wandered in the trackless desert

and could not find their way to a city to live in.

5They were hungry and thirsty

and had given up all hope.

6Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,

and he saved them from their distress.

7He led them by a straight road

to a city where they could live.

8They must thank the LORD for his constant love,

for the wonderful things he did for them.

9He satisfies those who are thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

10Some were living in gloom and darkness,

prisoners suffering in chains,

11because they had rebelled against the commands of Almighty God

and had rejected his instructions.

12They were worn out from hard work;

they would fall down, and no one would help.

13Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,

and he saved them from their distress.

14He brought them out of their gloom and darkness

and broke their chains in pieces.

15They must thank the LORD for his constant love,

for the wonderful things he did for them.

16He breaks down doors of bronze

and smashes iron bars.

17Some were fools, suffering because of their sins

and because of their evil;

18they couldn't stand the sight of food

and were close to death.

19Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,

and he saved them from their distress.

20He healed them with his command

and saved them from the grave.

21They must thank the LORD for his constant love,

for the wonderful things he did for them.

22They must thank him with sacrifices,

and with songs of joy must tell all that he has done.

23Some sailed over the ocean in ships,

earning their living on the seas.

24They saw what the LORD can do,

his wonderful acts on the seas.

25He commanded, and a mighty wind began to blow

and stirred up the waves.

26The ships were lifted high in the air

and plunged down into the depths.

In such danger the sailors lost their courage;

27they stumbled and staggered like drunken men —

all their skill was useless.

28Then in their trouble they called to the LORD,

and he saved them from their distress.

29He calmed the raging storm,

and the waves became quiet.

30They were glad because of the calm,

and he brought them safe to the port they wanted.

31They must thank the LORD for his constant love,

for the wonderful things he did for them.

32They must proclaim his greatness in the assembly of the people

and praise him before the council of the leaders.

33The LORD made rivers dry up completely

and stopped springs from flowing.

34He made rich soil become a salty wilderness

because of the wickedness of those who lived there.

35He changed deserts into pools of water

and dry land into flowing springs.

36He let hungry people settle there,

and they built a city to live in.

37They sowed the fields and planted grapevines

and reaped an abundant harvest.

38He blessed his people, and they had many children;

he kept their herds of cattle from decreasing.

39When God's people were defeated and humiliated

by cruel oppression and suffering,

40he showed contempt for their oppressors

and made them wander in trackless deserts.

41But he rescued the needy from their misery

and made their families increase like flocks.

42The righteous see this and are glad,

but all the wicked are put to silence.

43May those who are wise think about these things;

may they consider the LORD's constant love.

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A Prayer for Help against Enemies

(Ps 57.7–11; 60.5–12)

1I have complete confidence, O God!

I will sing and praise you!

Wake up, my soul!

2Wake up, my harp and lyre!

I will wake up the sun.

3I will thank you, O LORD, among the nations.

I will praise you among the peoples.

4Your constant love reaches above the heavens;

your faithfulness touches the skies.

5Show your greatness in the sky, O God,

and your glory over all the earth.

6Save us by your might; answer my prayer,

so that the people you love may be rescued.

7From his sanctuary God has said,

“In triumph I will divide Shechem

and distribute the Valley of Sukkoth to my people.

8Gilead is mine, and Manasseh too;

Ephraim is my helmet

and Judah my royal sceptre.

9But I will use Moab as my washbasin

and I will throw my sandals on Edom,

as a sign that I own it.

I will shout in triumph over the Philistines.”

10Who, O God, will take me into the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

11Have you really rejected us?

Aren't you going to march out with our armies?

12Help us against the enemy;

human help is worthless.

13With God on our side we will win;

he will defeat our enemies.

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The Complaint of Someone in Trouble

1I praise you, God; don't remain silent!

2Wicked people and liars have attacked me.

They tell lies about me

3and they say evil things about me,

attacking me for no reason.

4They oppose me, even though I love them

and have prayed for them.

5They pay me back evil for good

and hatred for love.

6Choose some corrupt judge to try my enemy,

and let one of his own enemies accuse him.

7May he be tried and found guilty;

may even his prayer be considered a crime!

8May his life soon be ended;

may someone else take his job!

9May his children become orphans,

and his wife a widow!

10May his children be homeless beggars;

may they be driven from the ruins they live in!

11May his creditors take away all his property,

and may strangers get everything he worked for.

12May no one ever be kind to him

or care for the orphans he leaves behind.

13May all his descendants die,

and may his name be forgotten in the next generation.

14May the LORD remember the evil of his ancestors

and never forgive his mother's sins.

15May the LORD always remember their sins,

but may they themselves be completely forgotten!

16That man never thought of being kind;

he persecuted and killed

the poor, the needy, and the helpless.

17He loved to curse — may he be cursed!

He hated to give blessings — may no one bless him!

18He cursed as naturally as he dressed himself;

may his own curses soak into his body like water

and into his bones like oil!

19May they cover him like clothes

and always be round him like a belt!

20LORD, punish my enemies in that way —

those who say such evil things against me!

21But my Sovereign LORD, help me as you have promised,

and rescue me because of the goodness of your love.

22I am poor and needy;

I am hurt to the depths of my heart.

23Like an evening shadow I am about to vanish;

I am blown away like an insect.

24My knees are weak from lack of food;

I am nothing but skin and bones.

25When people see me, they laugh at me;

they shake their heads in scorn.

26Help me, O LORD my God;

because of your constant love, save me!

27Make my enemies know

that you are the one who saves me.

28They may curse me, but you will bless me.

May my persecutors be defeated,

and may I, your servant, be glad.

29May my enemies be covered with disgrace;

may they wear their shame like a robe.

30I will give loud thanks to the LORD;

I will praise him in the assembly of the people,

31because he defends the poor

and saves them from those who condemn them to death.

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The LORD and his Chosen King

1The LORD said to my lord,

“Sit here at my right

until I put your enemies under your feet.”

2From Zion the LORD will extend your royal power.

“Rule over your enemies,” he says.

3On the day you fight your enemies,

your people will volunteer.

Like the dew of early morning

your young men will come to you on the sacred hills.

4The LORD made a solemn promise and will not take it back:

“You will be a priest for ever

in the priestly order of Melchizedek.”

5The Lord is at your right side;

when he becomes angry, he will defeat kings.

6He will pass judgement on the nations

and fill the battlefield with corpses;

he will defeat kings all over the earth.

7The king will drink from the stream by the road,

and strengthened, he will stand victorious.

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In Praise of the LORD

1Praise the LORD!

With all my heart I will thank the LORD

in the assembly of his people.

2How wonderful are the things the LORD does!

All who are delighted with them want to understand them.

3All he does is full of honour and majesty;

his righteousness is eternal.

4The LORD does not let us forget his wonderful actions;

he is kind and merciful.

5He provides food for those who honour him;

he never forgets his covenant.

6He has shown his power to his people

by giving them the lands of foreigners.

7In all he does he is faithful and just;

all his commands are dependable.

8They last for all time;

they were given in truth and righteousness.

9He set his people free

and made an eternal covenant with them.

Holy and mighty is he!

10The way to become wise is to honour the LORD;

he gives sound judgement to all who obey his commands.

He is to be praised for ever.

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