Psalms 25-29 - Prayer for Protection; A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer

Psalm 25

Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon.

Psalm of David.

1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

2 O my God, in You I trust,

Do not let me be ashamed;

Do not let my enemies exult over me.

3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You

will be ashamed;

Those who deal treacherously without

cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Your ways, O LORD;

Teach me Your paths.

5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,

For You are the God of my salvation;

For You I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O LORD, Your compassion

and Your lovingkindnesses,

For they have been from of old.

7 Do not remember the sins of my youth

or my transgressions;

According to Your lovingkindness remem-

ber me,

For Your goodness' sake, O LORD.

8 Good and upright is the LORD;

Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.

9 He leads the humble in justice,

And He teaches the humble His way.

10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkind-

ness and truth

To those who keep His covenant and His


11 For Your name's sake, O LORD,

Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man who fears the LORD?

He will instruct him in the way he should


13 His soul will abide in prosperity,

And his descendants will inherit the land.

14 The secret of the LORD is for those who

fear Him,

And He will make them know His covenant.

15 My eyes are continually toward the LORD,

For He will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,

For I am lonely and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;

Bring me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon my affliction and my trouble,

And forgive all my sins.

19 Look upon my enemies, for they are many,

And they hate me with violent hatred.

20 Guard my soul and deliver me;

Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge

in You.

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,

For I wait for You.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,

Out of all his troubles.

Psalm 26

Protestation of Integrity and Prayer for Protection.

Psalm of David.

1 Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked

in my integrity,

And I have trusted in the LORD without


2 Examine me, O LORD, and try me;

Test my mind and my heart.

3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,

And I have walked in Your truth.

4 I do not sit with deceitful men,

Nor will I go with pretenders.

5 I hate the assembly of evildoers,

And I will not sit with the wicked.

6 I shall wash my hands in innocence,

And I will go about Your altar, O LORD,

7 That I may proclaim with the voice of


And declare all Your wonders.

8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your


And the place where Your glory dwells.

9 Do not take my soul away along with


Nor my life with men of bloodshed,

10 In whose hands is a wicked scheme,

And whose right hand is full of bribes.

11 But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity;

Redeem me, and be gracious to me.

12 My foot stands on a level place;

In the congregations I shall bless the LORD.

Psalm 27

A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.

Psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation;

Whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the defense of my life;

Whom shall I dread?

2 When evildoers came upon me to devour

my flesh,

My adversaries and my enemies, they stum-

bled and fell.

3 Though a host encamp against me,

My heart will not fear;

Though war arise against me,

In spite of this I shall be confident.

4 One thing I have asked from the LORD,

that I shall seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the LORD

all the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the LORD

And to meditate in His temple.

5 For in the day of trouble He will conceal

me in His tabernacle;

In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;

He will lift me up on a rock.

6 And now my head will be lifted up above my

enemies around me,

And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with

shouts of joy;

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to

the LORD.

7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,

And be gracious to me and answer me.

8 When You said, "Seek My face," my heart

said to You,

"Your face, O LORD, I shall seek."

9 Do not hide Your face from me,

Do not turn Your servant away in anger;

You have been my help;

Do not abandon me nor forsake me,

O God of my salvation!

10 For my father and my mother have

forsaken me,

But the LORD will take me up.

11 Teach me Your way, O LORD,

And lead me in a level path

Because of my foes.

12 Do not deliver me over to the desire

of my adversaries,

For false witnesses have risen against me,

And such as breathe out violence.

13 I would have despaired unless I had

believed that I would see the goodness

of the LORD

In the land of the living.

14 Wait for the LORD;

Be strong and let your heart take courage;

Yes, wait for the LORD.

Psalm 28

A Prayer for Help, and Praise for Its Answer.

Psalm of David.

1 To You, O LORD, I call;

My rock, do not be deaf to me,

For if You are silent to me,

I will become like those who go down

to the pit.

2 Hear the voice of my supplications when

I cry to You for help,

When I lift up my hands toward Your holy


3 Do not drag me away with the wicked

And with those who work iniquity,

Who speak peace with their neighbors,

While evil is in their hearts.

4 Requite them according to their work

and according to the evil of their practices;

Requite them according to the deeds of

their hands;

Repay them their recompense.

5 Because they do not regard the works of

the LORD

Nor the deeds of His hands,

He will tear them down and not build them up.

6 Blessed be the LORD,

Because He has heard the voice of my suppli-


7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;

My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;

Therefore my heart exults,

And with my song I shall thank Him.

8 The LORD is their strength,

And He is a saving defense to His anointed.

9 Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;

Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Psalm 29

The Voice of the LORD in the Storm.

Psalm of David.

1 Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty,

Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name;

Worship the LORD in holy array.

3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;

The God of glory thunders,

The LORD is over many waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful,

The voice of the LORD is majestic.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;

Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars

of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

And Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD hews out flames

of fire.

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;

The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve

And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everything says, "Glory!"

10 The LORD sat as King at the flood;

Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.

11 The LORD will give strength to His people;

The LORD will bless His people with peace.

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