Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Encouragement from the Psalms

Psalm 5 -- in the Amplified Version

"Listen to my words, O Lord, give heed to my sighing and groaning.
Hear the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray.
In the morning, You hear my voice, O lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].
For You are not a God Who takes pleasure in wickedness; neither will the evil [man] so much as dwell [temporarily] with You.
Boasters can have no standing in Your sight; You abhor all evildoers.
You will destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors [and rejects] the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
But as for me, I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and mercy, I will worship toward and at Your holy temple in reverent fear and awe of You.
Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way level (straight and right) before my face.
For there is nothing trustworthy or steadfast or truthful in their talk; their heart is destruction [or a destructive chasm, a yawning gulf]; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter and make smooth with their tongue.
Hold them guilty, O God; let them fall by thier own designs and counsels; cast them out because of the multitude of their transgressions, for they have rebelled against You.
But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them: let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasant and favor)."

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