Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Psalms as Prayers: What to Pray When You Can't Find Words Psalm 38

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Psalm 38 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

O LORD, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage!

Your arrows have struck deep,
and your blows are crushing me.

Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
my health is broken because of my sins.

My guilt overwhelms me—
it is a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and stink
because of my foolish sins.

I am bent over and racked with pain.
All day long I walk around filled with grief.

A raging fever burns within me,
and my health is broken.

I am exhausted and completely crushed.
My groans come from an anguished heart.

You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.

My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
and I am going blind.

My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
Even my own family stands at a distance.

Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
All day long they plan their treachery.

But I am deaf to all their threats.
I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.

I choose to hear nothing,
and I make no reply.

For I am waiting for you, O LORD.
You must answer for me, O Lord my God.

I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me
or rejoice at my downfall.”

I am on the verge of collapse,
facing constant pain.

But I confess my sins;
I am deeply sorry for what I have done.

I have many aggressive enemies;
they hate me without reason.

They repay me evil for good
and oppose me for pursuing good.

Do not abandon me, O LORD.
Do not stand at a distance, my God.

Come quickly to help me,
O Lord my savior.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Psalms as Prayers: What to Pray When you Can't Find Words Psalm 37

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Psalm 37 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.

For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the LORD,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.

For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land.

Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.

The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.

The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.

But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.

The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.

But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.

For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the LORD takes care of the godly.

Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.

They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.

But the wicked will die.
The LORD’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.

The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.

Those the LORD blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.

The LORD directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.

Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the LORD holds them by the hand.

Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.

The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.

Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.

For the LORD loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.

The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.

The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.

They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.

The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.

But the LORD will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

Put your hope in the LORD.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.

I have seen wicked and ruthless people
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.

But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.

But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.

The LORD rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.

The LORD helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.