A Psalm a Day – Psalm 39

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I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
    my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.[b]

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

A Psalm a Day – Psalm 38

A psalm of David. A petition.

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Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b];
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.

A Psalm a Day – Psalm 37

God Will Reward Fairly

Of David.

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37 Don’t be upset because of evil people.
    Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong.
Like the grass, they will soon dry up.
    Like green plants, they will soon die away.

Trust the Lord and do good.
    Live in the land and enjoy its safety.
Enjoy serving the Lord.
    And he will give you what you want.
Depend on the Lord.
    Trust him, and he will take care of you.
Then your goodness will shine like the sun.
    Your fairness will shine like the noonday sun.

Wait and trust the Lord.
    Don’t be upset when others get rich
    or when someone else’s plans succeed.
Don’t get angry.
    Don’t be upset; it only leads to trouble.
Evil people will be sent away.
    But people who trust the Lord will inherit the land.
10 In a little while there will be no more wicked people.
    You may look for them, but they will be gone.
11 People who are not proud will inherit the land.
    They will enjoy complete peace.

12 The wicked make evil plans against good people.
    They grind their teeth at them in anger.
13 But the Lord laughs at the wicked.
    He sees that their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw their swords.
    They bend their bows.
They try to kill the poor and helpless.
    They want to kill those who are honest.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts.
    Their bows will break.

16 It’s better to have little and be right
    than to have much and be wrong.
17 The power of the wicked will be broken.
    But the Lord supports those who do right.
18 The Lord watches over the lives of the innocent.
    Their reward will last forever.
19 They will not be ashamed when trouble comes.
    They will be full in times of hunger.
20 But the wicked will die.
    The Lord’s enemies will be like the flowers of the fields.
    They will disappear like smoke.
21 The wicked people borrow but don’t pay back.
    But those who do right give freely to others.
22 Those people the Lord blesses will inherit the land.
    But those he curses will be sent away.

23 When a man’s steps follow the Lord,
    God is pleased with his ways.
24 If he stumbles, he will not fall,
    because the Lord holds his hand.

25 I was young, and now I am old.
    But I have never seen the Lord leave good people helpless.
    I have never seen their children begging for food.
26 Good people always lend freely to others.
    And their children are a blessing.

27 Stop doing evil and do good.
    Then you will live forever.
28 The Lord loves justice.
    He will not leave those who worship him.
He will always protect them.
    But the children of the wicked will die.
29 Good people will inherit the land.
    They will live in it forever.

30 A good person speaks with wisdom.
    He says what is fair.
31 The teachings of his God are in his heart.
    He does not fail to keep them.
32 The wicked watch for good people.
    They want to kill them.
33 The Lord will not take away his protection.
    He will not judge good people guilty.

34 Wait for the Lord’s help
    and follow him.
He will honor you and give you the land.
    And you will see the wicked people sent away.

35 I saw a wicked and cruel man.
    He looked strong like a healthy tree in good soil.
36 But he died and was gone.
    I looked for him, but he couldn’t be found.

37 Think of the innocent person.
    Watch the honest one.
The man who has peace
    will have children to live after him.
38 But sinners will be destroyed.
    In the end the wicked will die.

39 The Lord saves good people.
    He is their strong city in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and saves them.
    He saves them from the wicked
    because they trust in him for protection.

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A Psalm a Day – Psalm 36

Psalm 36 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 36:5

Psalm 36[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord.

I have a message from God in my heart
    concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b]
There is no fear of God
    before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves
    too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
    they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
    they commit themselves to a sinful course
    and do not reject what is wrong.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

10 Continue your love to those who know you,
    your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
    thrown down, not able to rise!