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Psalm 17 – Praying the Psalms Project

 

We can have times in life where we are misunderstood – defeated – scared and lonely.   When we feel no one is for us and everyone is against us.  The lion circles us, isolating us.

Sometimes it is our own fault, sometimes not. Regardless, we feel the pain. 

Our God’s love is so big, so very, very big.  When we call – He hears.  He examines our hearts and sees our true motives and plans.  He spreads His wings and we can snuggle in beside Him, where He nurtures and instructs us.  There is no place I’d rather be.  How about you? 

 

Psalm 17

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
    listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
    it does not rise from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from you;
    may your eyes see what is right.

Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed.
Though people tried to bribe me,
    I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
    through what your lips have commanded.
My steps have held to your paths;
    my feet have not stumbled.

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
    turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Show me the wonders of your great love,
    you who save by your right hand
    those who take refuge in you from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
    from my mortal enemies who surround me.

10 They close up their callous hearts,
    and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
    with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
    like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
    with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
    from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
    may their children gorge themselves on it,
    and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
    when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Psalm 17

Can you hear me Lord?  My cries and my prayers. 

They come from a place of truth

I know you are the only One who clears me from any suspicion 

You see what is right, because you probe my heart. 

You examine my motives day and night and test me. 

People try to sway me this way and that, I keep myself from the violent,

Doing my best to follow Your commands.

I have walked straight and I have not stumbled from Your path.   

I call on You, Lord because You answer me.

You turn Your ear to me and hear me when I pray.

Show me the wonders of Your great love.  A love so great it brought Salvation to all.   

You are my refuge – My place of safety.

Lord I am so thankful that I am the apple of Your eye and You hide me in the shadow of your wing. 

I know there are wicked people led by the  wicked one

Who are out to surround me, destroy me and throw me down. 

They circle like a lion circling his prey.

I pray for  them – that You will do a work in their callous hearts.

You rise up, Lord confronting them. 

I thank You, that You are the One who saves me from them. 

I do not want to be a woman who wants her rewards in this life, that I become full and lazy. 

I will have my reward one day- the day I open my eyes and see You face to face.  – Amen

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Psalm 16 Praying the Psalms Project

There is happiness and then there is

Joy 

To feel gladness, delight.  

To rejoice.  

Something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation 

Joy in the Lord is something that bubbles up within us, even in hard circumstances and trials.  It is what carries us though the daily grind of life.  

We can loose our joy, but we can always find it again.  

As David says in this Psalm – Its in God’s Presence – Where we can sing with JOY

Psalm 16

Keep me safe, my God,
    for in you I take refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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Lord, you are my safe place. 

Not one good thing I have compares to You.

I am delighted that I’m not alone and there are other people trying to live a life set apart to You 

I see those who run after other gods – that will never be me.

Lord, You and You alone are my supply – You make me secure.

I know that the boundaries you place in my life are for my good.

I have a delightful inheritance in You.

I praise You Lord that You are always teaching and instructing me, day and night.

Help me to learn quickly and keep my eyes fixed on You.

With You beside me – I will not be shaken.

My heart sings with joy and I rest secure in You, Lord.

I know that you will not abandon me, You do not allow Your faithful children to fall into a life of decay.

You show me the path for my life – all the while filling me with Your joy for all eternity.  –Amen

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Psalm 15 – Praying the Psalms Project

This Psalm reveals to us, that it is important to God who we surround ourselves with.  We are created for community, with God and with others.  When we find ourselves far away from the Lord, wondering how to get back, we must take a good look around us. 

In my life surrounding myself with God seeking women has dug my tent pegs deep.   They are women who have corrected, challenged, encouraged, inspired and prayed for me. 

Mentoring is biblical, the Lord knew we would need encouraged in this journey called life.

Psalm 15

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless,
    who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from their heart;
whose tongue utters no slander,
    who does no wrong to a neighbor,
    and casts no slur on others;
who despises a vile person
    but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
    and does not change their mind;
who lends money to the poor without interest;
    who does not accept a bribe against the innocent.

Whoever does these things
    will never be shaken.

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Oh Lord, I want to camp out with You?

But I need Your help –

To walk blameless

To do what is right

To have truth in my heart and speak it from my lips

To be a woman who does not slander others

Who does no wrong to those around me

Who never gossips

Help me to separate myself from those who are mean spirited.

Connect me with those who honor and fear You. 

Who go to great lengths to honor their promises and don’t change their minds.

Who care for the poor and never look to profit from their distress

For they will never be shaken

Who I surround myself with matters to You. 

I want to be a woman who is never shaken, who camps out with You. – Amen

 

 

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Psalm 14-Praying the Psalms Project

 

Many proclaim belief in God with their mouth, what do we say in our hearts? 

I am reminded today that the Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind – looking for those who understand and seek Him.

He looks past what we say with our lips, and looks into our hearts.  There is no hiding what our hearts say.  

He Sees All –  The Evil –  The Righteous – Sees it All

If we think we can fool the Lord, we are fooling ourselves. 

Psalm 14

For the director of music. Of David.

The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
    there is no one who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.

Do all these evildoers know nothing?

They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on the Lord.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    for God is present in the company of the righteous.
You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
    but the Lord is their refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When the Lord restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14

Father, You see the fools of this world – the ones who say – ‘There is no God’ 

You see the people who are corrupt and vile who do nothing good.

 Your eyes look over the earth, You see those who understand and seek You. 

Some days it feels like all have turned away from you.

Is there even one person doing good in the world today?  

Am I that one person?  I want to be!

I believe that when those who do evil, who devour people and never call on You;

When they see Your righteous children, somewhere inside they feel a sense of dread.  

They oppress the poor and cause them more trouble. 

You Lord, see it all and You are the Refuge for the poor. 

Salvation for all the World came from Zion, His name is Jesus. 

Jesus is how you have restored your people.  Because of Him we can rejoice! 

– Amen 

 

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Psalm 13 – Praying the Psalms Project

Have you ever wrestled with your own thoughts until you are completely exhausted?

I have.

Have you ever wondered if God has forgotten you?

I have. 

Have you ever been waiting on and answer?  

I have. 

Have you ever felt like you are loosing at life?

I have 

David, the man after God’s own heart, felt these things too. 

Psalm 13

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
    and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
    How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
    Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
    and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love;
    my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
    for he has been good to me.

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Lord, I feel like You have forgotten me.   Are you hiding from me? 

I can’t stand to wrestle with the thoughts in my mind for one more minute. 

My heart is sad and heavy. 

How long will all of my anxieties triumph over me? 

Will you give me an answer to my questions?

Lord, pull me out of the darkness with your everlasting light.

So that my enemies cannot say they have overcome me or laugh with joy when I fall.  

I trust in You and Your unfailing love for me, Lord. 

I can rejoice in my heart, because my salvation comes from You. 

I will turn from my sadness and sing Your praise, Lord. 

When I look back upon my life, I can see that You have been good to me.

 – Amen

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Psalm 12 – Praying the Psalms Project

True friends are honest, they don’t just tell you what you want to hear.  

They speak truth – 

  • The truth about that bad hair cut
  •  The truth about that outfit your wearing that looks plain awful
  •  The truth when you make a bad decision
  •  The truth that steers you away from that wrong path you are heading down

Those who tell us truth, are to be treasured, for they are hard to find.

Psalm 12

Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;
    those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
Everyone lies to their neighbor;
    they flatter with their lips
    but harbor deception in their hearts.

May the Lord silence all flattering lips
    and every boastful tongue—
those who say,
    “By our tongues we will prevail;
    our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

“Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,
    I will now arise,” says the Lord.
    “I will protect them from those who malign them.”
And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold refined seven times.

You, Lord, will keep the needy safe
    and will protect us forever from the wicked,
who freely strut about
    when what is vile is honored by the human race.

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Father, help me to see clearly those in my life who are not faithful or loyal.

Remind me not to be lulled to sleep by flattering words, that are not true.

I know You can silence their lips, even though some think that they can talk their way out of anything.

Instead help me to seek out friends who speak truth, who do not tell me only what my itching ears want to hear.  

Lord, You rise and give Your protection to the poor and the needy.

You see them, hear them, protect them.

Your words, Lord, are flawless pure as refined silver and gold.

You keep those in need, safe.

Your protection lasts forever, even from the most wicked and vile, who seem to be honored by the human race.  – Amen

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Psalm 11 – Praying the Psalms Project

Many days I wonder if justice will ever come.  I wonder if God sees.  I am reminded today that His Light illuminates the darkness, showing all things.  Even what is hidden in our hearts.

 

Psalm 11

For the director of music. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

Psalm 11

As you pray along today, I encourage you.  Pray out loud.  

Hearing your own voice

Declare the very Word of God

Is a powerful thing

Father, How often I am tempted  to run to a safe place each time adversity comes my way. 

I thank you that I don’t have to run far –

You are my refuge – my safe place- my mighty mountain 

I am reminded that, even today, the wicked have their arrows pointed at those who are upright in heart. 

When the ground underneath me is quaking – Where should I go?  What should I do? 

You Lord, are holy, You sit upon Your Holy Throne. 

You are not far – You see every person on this earth – Your eyes examine us all. 

You see the ones in right standing with You. 

You see the wicked, the ones who love violence.  For those you have a hateful passion. 

On the wicked, You will rain coals of fire and burning sulfur.  Their reward will be a scorching wind. 

You are righteous, Lord.  You love Justice 

Those who are upright in their hearts, one day we will see You face to face.  – Amen

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Psalm 10 – Praying the Psalms Project

David is back to battling the enemy in full force.  Honestly, I thought to myself, again?

The Lord has reminded me of this –  I am blessed beyond measure to live in freedom.  There are many, many men, women and children living today who are under this kind of oppression.  Who live under the bonds of a physical enemy, who has stolen their freedom.

Those of us who are free, we are called to pray and call attention to these injustices.

To bridge the gap, for the long haul, until we see justice and freedom come.

Psalm 10

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

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I have to say Lord, sometimes it feels like You are standing far, far off.

When things are falling apart, where are You?

Greedy men and women roam the earth, scheming and hunting down the weak.

Their only desire is to fill their hearts with every craving they have.  All they do is consume.

They are so full of pride, they do not even think of You

How is it, that they are always prosperous, even though they reject Your laws,  sneering all the while?

They believe that no harm will ever come to them, they seem secure.

Yet, they lie and they threaten.  They enjoy trouble as they lay in wait for their victims

Their helpless victims are crushed, dragged off against their will.

The wicked are too strong for them and they collapse.

The wicked think that You will never notice, that You  cover Your face and do not see what they do. 

I’m bridging the gap today Lord, I am calling on You.

Calling on You to remember the helpless. 

The wicked do not think you will ever call them to an account. 

But You, God, You See

You see those who are afflicted.  You see their their trouble. 

You hold their grief in Your Hand. 

Victims commit themselves to you; You help the ones who have no fathers.

You are the Father to the fatherless. 

The wicked, You have plans for them. 

You will break their arm and call them to account.

They thought they would never be found out, but You have found them.

You are the only King who will reign forever and ever.  

There will come a day, when every nation will be gone from this earth.  

You will remain, Lord. 

You Hear,  You Listen – to the cries of the afflicted and You send Your encouragement.

Your are the Defender – to the fatherless and the oppressed.

There will come a day that mere mortals – will never again bring terror to this world. 

Amen 

 

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