Bible: Ps 42-49
42:1 For the music director; a well-written song 2 by the Korahites.
so I long 5 for you, O God!
42:2 I thirst 6 for God,
for the living God.
42:3 I cannot eat, I weep day and night; 9
all day long they say to me, 10 “Where is your God?”
42:4 I will remember and weep! 11
For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God,
shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival. 12
Why are you upset? 15
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. 16
42:6 I am depressed, 17
so I will pray to you while I am trapped here in the region of the upper Jordan, 18
all your billows and waves overwhelm me. 23
42:8 By day the
and by night he gives me a song, 25
a prayer 26 to the living God.
“Why do you ignore 29 me?
Why must I walk around mourning 30
because my enemies oppress me?”
42:10 My enemies’ taunts cut into me to the bone, 31
as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 32
Why are you upset? 35
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. 36
Psalm 43 37
43:1 Vindicate me, O God!
Fight for me 38 against an ungodly nation!
43:2 For you are the God who shelters me. 41
Why do you reject me? 42
because my enemies oppress me?
They will lead me, 47
and to the place where you live. 50
43:4 Then I will go 51 to the altar of God,
to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, 52
so that I express my thanks to you, 53 O God, my God, with a harp.
Why are you upset? 56
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. 57
Psalm 44 58
44:1 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song. 59
O God, we have clearly heard; 60
our ancestors 61 have told us
what you did 62 in their days,
in ancient times. 63
44:3 For they did not conquer 69 the land by their swords,
and they did not prevail by their strength, 70
for you were partial to 74 them.
44:4 You are my 75 king, O God!
44:6 For I do not trust in my bow,
and I do not prevail by my sword.
44:7 For you deliver 83 us from our enemies;
you humiliate 84 those who hate us.
44:8 In God I boast all day long,
and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)
44:9 But 85 you rejected and embarrassed us!
You did not go into battle with our armies. 86
44:10 You made us retreat 87 from the enemy.
Those who hate us take whatever they want from us. 88
44:11 You handed us 89 over like sheep to be eaten;
you scattered us among the nations.
you did not ask a high price for them. 92
44:13 You made us 93 an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us. 94
foreigners treat us with contempt. 97
44:15 All day long I feel humiliated 98
and am overwhelmed with shame, 99
44:16 before the vindictive enemy
who ridicules and insults me. 100
44:17 All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you 101
or violated your covenant with us. 102
44:18 We have not been unfaithful, 103
nor have we disobeyed your commands. 104
44:19 Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs; 105
you have covered us with darkness. 106
44:20 If we had rejected our God, 107
and spread out our hands in prayer to another god, 108
44:21 would not God discover it,
44:22 Yet because of you 111 we are killed all day long;
44:23 Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Wake up! 114 Do not reject us forever!
44:24 Why do you look the other way, 115
44:25 For we lie in the dirt,
with our bellies pressed to the ground. 118
44:26 Rise up and help us!
Rescue us 119 because of your loyal love!
Psalm 45 120
My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. 123
I say, “I have composed this special song 124 for the king;
my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe.” 125
45:2 You are the most handsome of all men! 126
You speak in an impressive and fitting manner! 127
45:3 Strap your sword to your thigh, O warrior! 130
Appear in your majestic splendor! 131
45:4 Appear in your majesty and be victorious! 132
Ride forth for the sake of what is right, 133
on behalf of justice! 134
Then your right hand will accomplish mighty acts! 135
45:5 Your arrows are sharp
and penetrate the hearts of the king’s enemies.
Nations fall at your feet. 136
The scepter 139 of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
45:8 All your garments are perfumed with 146 myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
45:10 Listen, O princess! 153
Observe and pay attention! 154
45:12 Rich people from Tyre 161
will seek your favor by bringing a gift. 162
decked out in pearls and clothed in a brocade trimmed with gold. 165
45:14 In embroidered robes she is escorted to the king.
Her attendants, the maidens of honor who follow her,
are led before you. 166
45:15 They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession
and enter the royal palace. 167
you will make them princes throughout the land.
45:17 I will proclaim your greatness through the coming years, 171
then the nations will praise you 172 forever.
Psalm 46 173
46:1 For the music director; by the Korahites; according to the alamoth style; 174 a song.
God is our strong refuge; 175
he is truly our helper in times of trouble. 176
and the mountains tumble into the depths of the sea, 179
46:4 The river’s channels bring joy to the city of God, 184
46:6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms are overthrown. 191
46:8 Come! Witness the exploits 198 of the
who brings devastation to the earth! 199
46:9 He brings an end to wars throughout the earth; 200
Psalm 47 213
47:1 For the music director; by the Korahites; a psalm.
All you nations, clap your hands!
Shout out to God in celebration! 214
he is the great king who rules the whole earth! 217
47:3 He subdued nations beneath us 218
and countries 219 under our feet.
47:4 He picked out for us a special land 220
47:6 Sing to God! Sing!
Sing to our king! Sing!
47:7 For God is king of the whole earth!
Sing a well-written song! 227
47:8 God reigns 228 over the nations!
God sits on his holy throne!
47:9 The nobles of the nations assemble,
along with the people of the God of Abraham, 229
for God has authority over the rulers 230 of the earth.
He is highly exalted! 231
Psalm 48 232
48:1 A song, a psalm by the Korahites.
in the city of our God, 233 his holy hill.
48:2 It is lofty and pleasing to look at, 234
a source of joy to the whole earth. 235
Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; 236
it is the city of the great king.
48:3 God is in its fortresses;
he reveals himself as its defender. 237
they advance together.
they are terrified, they quickly retreat. 242
48:6 Look at them shake uncontrollably, 243
like a woman writhing in childbirth. 244
48:7 With an east wind
48:8 We heard about God’s mighty deeds, now we have seen them, 247
in the city of the
in the city of our God.
God makes it permanently secure. 249 (Selah)
48:9 We reflect on your loyal love, O God,
within your temple.
48:10 The praise you receive as far away as the ends of the earth
is worthy of your reputation, O God. 250
You execute justice! 251
48:11 Mount Zion rejoices;
because of your acts of judgment. 254
48:12 Walk around 255 Zion! Encircle it!
Count its towers!
48:13 Consider its defenses! 256
Walk through 257 its fortresses,
so you can tell the next generation about it! 258
48:14 For God, our God, is our defender forever! 259
Psalm 49 262
49:1 For the music director, a psalm by the Korahites.
Listen to this, all you nations!
Pay attention, all you inhabitants of the world! 263
49:2 Pay attention, all you people, 264
both rich and poor!
49:3 I will declare a wise saying; 265
I will share my profound thoughts. 266
49:4 I will learn a song that imparts wisdom;
I will then sing my insightful song to the accompaniment of a harp. 267
49:5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, 268
when the sinful deeds of deceptive men threaten to overwhelm me? 269
49:6 They trust 270 in their wealth
and boast 271 in their great riches.
49:7 Certainly a man cannot rescue his brother; 272
he cannot pay God an adequate ransom price 273
49:8 (the ransom price for a human life 274 is too high,
and people go to their final destiny), 275
49:9 so that he might continue to live 276 forever
and not experience death. 277
fools and spiritually insensitive people all pass away 281
and leave their wealth to others. 282
49:11 Their grave becomes their permanent residence,
their eternal dwelling place. 283
They name their lands after themselves, 284
49:12 but, despite their wealth, people do not last, 285
49:13 This is the destiny of fools, 288
and of those who approve of their philosophy. 289 (Selah)
49:14 They will travel to Sheol like sheep, 290
with death as their shepherd. 291
Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 294
49:16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich 301
and his wealth multiplies! 302
49:17 For he will take nothing with him when he dies;
his wealth will not follow him down into the grave. 303
49:18 He pronounces this blessing on himself while he is alive:
“May men praise you, for you have done well!”
49:19 But he will join his ancestors; 304
they will never again see the light of day. 305
49:20 Wealthy people do not understand; 306