Psalms 67-69 - The Nations Exhorted to Praise God

Psalm 67

The Nations Exhorted to Praise God.

For the choir director; with stringed instruments.

A Psalm. A Song.


1 God be gracious to us and bless us,

And cause His face to shine upon us-- Selah.

2 That Your way may be known on the earth,

Your salvation among all nations.

3 Let the peoples praise You, O God;

Let all the peoples praise You.

4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;

For You will judge the peoples with uprightness

And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.

5 Let the peoples praise You, O God;

Let all the peoples praise You.

6 The earth has yielded its produce;

God, our God, blesses us.

7 God blesses us,

That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.


Psalm 68

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.


1 Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered,

And let those who hate Him flee before Him.

2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;

As wax melts before the fire,

So let the wicked perish before God.

3 But let the righteous be glad; let them exult

before God;

Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;

Lift up a song for Him who rides through the

deserts,

Whose name is the LORD, and exult before

Him.


5 A father of the fatherless and a judge

for the widows,

Is God in His holy habitation.

6 God makes a home for the lonely;

He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,

Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.


7 O God, when You went forth before Your

people,

When You marched through the wilderness,

Selah.

8 The earth quaked;

The heavens also dropped rain at the presence

of God;

Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God,

the God of Israel.

9 You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;

You confirmed Your inheritance when it was

parched.

10 Your creatures settled in it;

You provided in Your goodness for the poor,

O God.


11 The Lord gives the command;

The women who proclaim the good tidings

are a great host:

12 "Kings of armies flee, they flee,

And she who remains at home will divide

the spoil!"

13 When you lie down among the sheepfolds,

You are like the wings of a dove covered with

silver,

And its pinions with glistening gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered the kings

there,

It was snowing in Zalmon.


15 A mountain of God is the mountain of

Bashan;

A mountain of many peaks is the mountain

of Bashan.

16 Why do you look with envy, O mountains

with many peaks,

At the mountain which God has desired for

His abode?

Surely the LORD will dwell there forever.

17 The chariots of God are myriads,

thousands upon thousands;

The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in

holiness.

18 You have ascended on high, You have

led captive Your captives;

You have received gifts among men,

Even among the rebellious also, that the

LORD God may dwell there.


19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears

our burden,

The God who is our salvation. Selah.

20 God is to us a God of deliverances;

And to GOD the Lord belong escapes

from death.

21 Surely God will shatter the head of

His enemies,

The hairy crown of him who goes on in his

guilty deeds.

22 The Lord said, "I will bring them back

from Bashan.

I will bring them back from the depths of

the sea;

23 That your foot may shatter them in blood,

The tongue of your dogs may have its portion

from your enemies."


24 They have seen Your procession, O God,

The procession of my God, my King, into the

sanctuary.

25 The singers went on, the musicians after

them,

In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.

26 Bless God in the congregations,

Even the LORD, you who are of the fountain

of Israel.

27 There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them,

The princes of Judah in their throng,

The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.


28 Your God has commanded your strength;

Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted

on our behalf.

29 Because of Your temple at Jerusalem

Kings will bring gifts to You.

30 Rebuke the beasts in the reeds,

The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,

Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;

He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.

31 Envoys will come out of Egypt;

Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.


32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,

Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.

33 To Him who rides upon the highest

heavens, which are from ancient times;

Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a

mighty voice.

34 Ascribe strength to God;

His majesty is over Israel

And His strength is in the skies.

35 O God, You are awesome from Your

sanctuary.

The God of Israel Himself gives strength

and power to the people.

Blessed be God!


Psalm 69

A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries.

For the choir director; according to Shoshannim.

A Psalm of David.


1 Save me, O God, For the waters have

threatened my life.

2 I have sunk in deep mire, and there is

no foothold;

I have come into deep waters, and a flood

overflows me.

3 I am weary with my crying; my throat is

parched;

My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

4 Those who hate me without a cause are

more than the hairs of my head;

Those who would destroy me are powerful,

being wrongfully my enemies;

What I did not steal, I then have to restore.


5 O God, it is You who knows my folly,

And my wrongs are not hidden from You.

6 May those who wait for You not be ashamed

through me, O Lord GOD of hosts;

May those who seek You not be dishonored

through me, O God of Israel,

7 Because for Your sake I have borne reproach;

Dishonor has covered my face.

8 I have become estranged from my brothers

And an alien to my mother's sons.

9 For zeal for Your house has consumed me,

And the reproaches of those who reproach

You have fallen on me.

10 When I wept in my soul with fasting,

It became my reproach.

11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,

I became a byword to them.

12 Those who sit in the gate talk about me,

And I am the song of the drunkards.


13 But as for me, my prayer is to You, O

LORD, at an acceptable time;

O God, in the greatness of Your loving-

kindness,

Answer me with Your saving truth.

14 Deliver me from the mire and do not

let me sink;

May I be delivered from my foes and

from the deep waters.

15 May the flood of water not overflow me

Nor the deep swallow me up,

Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.


16 Answer me, O LORD, for Your loving-

kindness is good;

According to the greatness of Your

compassion, turn to me,

17 And do not hide Your face from

Your servant,

For I am in distress; answer me quickly.

18 Oh draw near to my soul and redeem it;

Ransom me because of my enemies!

19 You know my reproach and my shame

and my dishonor;

All my adversaries are before You.


20 Reproach has broken my heart and I

am so sick.

And I looked for sympathy, but there

was none,

And for comforters, but I found none.

21 They also gave me gall for my food

And for my thirst they gave me vinegar

to drink.


22 May their table before them become

a snare;

And when they are in peace, may it

become a trap.

23 May their eyes grow dim so that they

cannot see,

And make their loins shake continually.

24 Pour out Your indignation on them,

And may Your burning anger overtake them.

25 May their camp be desolate;

May none dwell in their tents.

26 For they have persecuted him whom

You Yourself have smitten,

And they tell of the pain of those whom

You have wounded.

27 Add iniquity to their iniquity,

And may they not come into Your

righteousness.

28 May they be blotted out of the book

of life

And may they not be recorded with the

righteous.


29 But I am afflicted and in pain;

May Your salvation, O God, set

me securely on high.

30 I will praise the name of God

with song

And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

31 And it will please the LORD better

than an ox

Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.

32 The humble have seen it and are

glad;

You who seek God, let your heart

revive.

33 For the LORD hears the needy

And does not despise His who are

prisoners.


34 Let heaven and earth praise Him,

The seas and everything that moves

in them.

35 For God will save Zion and build

the cities of Judah,

That they may dwell there and

possess it.

36 The descendants of His servants

will inherit it,

And those who love His name will

dwell in it.

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