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THE PSALMS

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Some Notable Psalms 

The Psalms shown below are just a few examples of the many ways that Psalms can be used in our daily prayers.

6: A Plea for Mercy

38: Sick Person Penitential Prayer
38: God our Refuge
102: God is Faithful to Promises
42: Homesick for God's House
42: Hope In God
55: In Time of Temptation
51: Act of Contrition
32: Act of Thanksgiving
32: The Two Ways
23: The Good Shepherd
31: In Distress
31: Deep Gratitude

 A Plea for Mercy in Time of Distress

Psalm 6

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor chastise me in your wrath.

2  Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are trembling.

3 My soul also is sorely troubled: but Lord, how long will you punish me?

4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my soul; in your mercy save me.

5 Who among the dead remembers you? Who will praise you in hell?

6 I am wearied with sighing; all night long tears drench my bed; my couch is soaked with weeping.

7 My eyes are dimmed with sorrow, worn out because of all my enemies.

8 Away from me, all who do evil!  For the Lord has heard my weeping.

9 The Lord has heard my petition; the Lord will receive my prayer.

10 My enemies will be terrified and disgraced; they will fall back in sudden shame.

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A Penitential Prayer of a Sick Person

Psalm 38,

Punish me no more in your anger, O Lord; do not chastise me in your wrath! 

2 Your arrows have struck deep in me; your hand has come down upon me. 

3 My flesh is afflicted because of your anger; my bones ache because of my sin. 

4 My iniquities overwhelm me, a burden too heavy for me to bear. 

5 My wounds smell foul and fester, because of my folly. 

6 I am brought into great trouble and misery;  I go about mourning all day. 

7 My loins burn with fever; my flesh is afflicted. 

8 I am feeble and sore smitten; I wail with anguish of heart. 

9 Lord, you know all my desires; my groaning is not hidden from you. 

10 My heart shudders, my strength has failed me; the very light of my eyes is gone. 

11 My friends and my companions shun my pain; my neighbors stand far off. 

12 Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; they seek my misfortune, they speak of ruin; they plot treachery all the day long. 

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God Our Only Refuge

Psalm 38, 

As for me, I am like the deaf, hearing nothing, like the dumb, who says nothing, 

14 Like someone who does not hear, who has no answer ready. 

15 For in you, O Lord, I have put my trust; answer me, O Lord, my God. 

16 For I fear my enemies will triumph over me, rejoice over me if I stumble. 

17 I am very near to falling; my pain is with me always. 

18 For I will confess my guilt and be sorry for my sin. 

19 But many are my enemies without cause, so many enemies without reason, 

20 They repay me evil for good, harassing me for following the thing that good is. 

21 Forsake me not, O Lord my God; be not far from me! 

22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord God of my salvation! 

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God is Faithful to His Promises

Psalm 102, 

But you, Lord, are enthroned forever; your renown is for all generations.

14 You will again show mercy to Zion; now is the time for pity; the appointed time has come. 

15 Its stones are dear to your servants; its dust moves them to pity.

16 The nations shall revere your name, Lord, all the kings of the earth, your glory,

17 Once the Lord has rebuilt Zion and appeared in glory,

18 Heeding the plea of the lowly, not scorning their prayer.

19 Let this be written for the next generation, for a people not yet born, that they may praise the Lord:

20 The Lord looked down from the holy heights, viewed the earth from heaven,

21 To attend to the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die.

22 Then the Lord's name will be declared on Zion, the praise of God in Jerusalem,

23 When all peoples and kingdoms gather to worship the Lord. 

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Homesick for God's House

Psalm 42, 

As the deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, O God. 

2 My being thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and see the face of God?

3 My tears have been my food day and night, as they ask daily, Where is your God?

4 Those times I recall as I pour out my soul, When I went in procession with the multitude, I went with them into the house of God, 

5 In the voice of praise and thanksgiving, with the multitude keeping festival. 

6 Why are you downcast, O my soul; why do you groan within me? 

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Hope in God

Psalm 42, 

My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, from Hermon, and from the land of Mount Mizar. 

9 One deep call another in the roar of your torrents. All your waves and storms sweep over me. 

10 At dawn may the Lord bestow faithful love that I may sing praise through the night, praise to the God of my life. 

11 I say to God, My strength, why do you forget me? Why must I go about mourning with the enemy oppressing me? 

12 It shatters my bones, when my enemies reproach me. They say to me daily: Where is your God? 

13 Why are you downcast, O my soul, why do you groan within me? 

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In Time of Temptation

Psalm 55,

Listen, God, to my prayer; do not hide from my pleading;

2  hear me and give answer. I rock with grief; I groan

3 at the uproar of the enemy, the clamor of the wicked. They heap trouble upon me, savagely accuse me.

4 My heart pounds within me; death's terrors fall upon me.

5 Fear and trembling overwhelm me; shuddering sweeps over me.

6 I say, If only I had wings like a dove that I might fly away and find rest.

7 Far away I would flee; I would stay in the desert. 

8 I would soon find a shelter from the raging wind and storm.

9 Lord, check and confuse their scheming. I see violence and strife in the city

10 making rounds on its walls day and night. Within are mischief and evil;

11 treachery is there as well; oppression and fraud never leave its streets.

12 If an enemy had reviled me, that I could bear; If my foe had viewed me with contempt, from that I could hide.

13 But it was you, my other self, my comrade and friend,

14 You, whose company I enjoyed, at whose side I walked in procession in the house of God. 

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Act of Contrition

Psalm 51,

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense.

2 Wash away all my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me.

3 For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.

4 Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn.

5 True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me.

6 Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

9 Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt.

10 A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.

11 Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit.

12 Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.

13 I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you.

14 Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power.

15 Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise.

16 For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept.

17 My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.

18 Make Zion prosper in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifice, burnt offerings and holocausts; then bullocks will be offered on your altar. 

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Act of Thanksgiving after Confession

Psalm 32,

Blessed is the sinner whose fault is removed, whose sin is forgiven. 

2 Blessed are those to whom the Lord imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no deceit. 

3 As long as I kept silent, my bones wasted away; I complained all the day. 

4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength withered as in dry summer heat. 

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide. 

6 I said, I confess my sins to the Lord, and you took away the guilt of my sin. 

7 Thus all your faithful should pray in time of distress. Though flood waters threaten, they will never reach them. 

8 You are my shelter; from trouble you keep me; with safety you ring me round. 

9 I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you. 

10 Do not be like horses or mules who have no understanding; with bit and bridle their temper is curbed, else they will not obey you. 

11 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. 

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The Two Ways

Psalm 1 

Blessed are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked, nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in company with scoffers. 

2 Rather the law of the Lord is their joy; God's law they exercise day and night. 

3 He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever they do prospers. 

4 But not the wicked! They are like chaff driven by the wind. 

5 Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment, nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. 

6 The Lord knows the way of the just, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.  

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The Good Shepherd

Psalm 23,

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.

2 In green pastures you let me graze; and lead me forth unto safe waters;

3 You restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and staff comfort me.

5 You set a table before me as my enemies watch; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Only goodness and love will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

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Prayer in Distress

Psalm 31,

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; with grief my eyes are wasted, my soul and body spent. 

11 My life is worn out by sorrow, my years by sighing. 

12. My strength fails me because of my iniquity; my bones are consumed. 

13 To all my foes I am a thing of scorn, to my neighbors, a dreaded sight, a horror to my friends. When they see me in the street, they quickly shy away. 

14 I am forgotten, out of mind like the dead; I am like a broken dish. 

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Deep Gratitude for Prayer Answered

Psalm 31,

O how great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you. You display it for those who trust you, in the sight of all the people. 

22 You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from scheming enemies. You keep them in your abode, safe from plotting tongues. 

23 Thanks be to the Lord, who has shown me wondrous love, and been for me a city most secure. 

24 But in haste I said, I am shut out from your sight.

25 Yet you heard my plea, when I cried out to you. 

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