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To The Word – Day 225

Psalms 128–129 & 131–134

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The Reward of Obedience to the LORD

1Happy are those who obey the LORD,

who live by his commands.

2Your work will provide for your needs;

you will be happy and prosperous.

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home,

and your children will be like young olive trees round your table.

4A man who obeys the LORD

will surely be blessed like this.

5May the LORD bless you from Zion!

May you see Jerusalem prosper

all the days of your life!

6May you live to see your grandchildren!

Peace be with Israel!

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A Prayer against Israel's Enemies

1Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you

ever since you were young.

2“Ever since I was young,

my enemies have persecuted me cruelly,

but they have not overcome me.

3They cut deep wounds in my back

and made it like a ploughed field.

4But the LORD, the righteous one,

has freed me from slavery.”

5May everyone who hates Zion

be defeated and driven back.

6May they all be like grass growing on the housetops,

which dries up before it can grow;

7no one gathers it up

or carries it away in bundles.

8No one who passes by will say,

“May the LORD bless you!

We bless you in the name of the LORD.”

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A Prayer of Humble Trust

1LORD, I have given up my pride

and turned away from my arrogance.

I am not concerned with great matters

or with subjects too difficult for me.

2Instead, I am content and at peace.

As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms,

so my heart is quiet within me.

3Israel, trust in the LORD

now and for ever!

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In Praise of the Temple

1LORD, do not forget David

and all the hardships he endured.

2Remember, LORD, what he promised,

the vow he made to you, the Mighty God of Jacob:

3“I will not go home or go to bed;

4I will not rest or sleep,

5until I provide a place for the LORD,

a home for the Mighty God of Jacob.”

6In Bethlehem we heard about the Covenant Box,

and we found it in the fields of Jearim.

7We said, “Let us go to the LORD's house;

let us worship before his throne.”

8Come to the Temple, LORD, with the Covenant Box,

the symbol of your power,

and stay here for ever.

9May your priests do always what is right;

may your people shout for joy!

10You made a promise to your servant David;

do not reject your chosen king, LORD.

11You made a solemn promise to David —

a promise you will not take back:

“I will make one of your sons king,

and he will rule after you.

12If your sons are true to my covenant

and to the commands I give them,

their sons, also, will succeed you for all time as kings.”

13The LORD has chosen Zion;

he wants to make it his home:

14“This is where I will live for ever;

this is where I want to rule.

15I will richly provide Zion with all she needs;

I will satisfy her poor with food.

16I will bless her priests in all they do,

and her people will sing and shout for joy.

17Here I will make one of David's descendants a great king;

here I will preserve the rule of my chosen king.

18I will cover his enemies with shame,

but his kingdom will prosper and flourish.”

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In Praise of Living in Peace

1How wonderful it is, how pleasant,

for God's people to live together in harmony!

2It is like the precious anointing oil

running down from Aaron's head and beard,

down to the collar of his robes.

3It is like the dew on Mount Hermon,

falling on the hills of Zion.

That is where the LORD has promised his blessing —

life that never ends.

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A Call to Praise God

1Come, praise the LORD,

all his servants,

all who serve in his Temple at night.

2Raise your hands in prayer in the Temple,

and praise the LORD!

3May the LORD, who made heaven and earth,

bless you from Zion!

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