The Psalms

The Psalms are both comforting and faith-strengthening.  Here are partial and entire portions of the Psalms for joyful praise, worship, meditation, reflection, prayer and intercession…

Psalm 16

Keep me safe, O God,

for in You I take refuge.

I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

apart from You I have no good thing.

As for the saints, who are in the land,

they are the glorious ones in whom is my delight.

The sorrows of those will increase

who run after other gods.

I will not pour out their libations of blood

or take up their names on my lips.

LORD, You have assigned me my portion and my cup;

You have made my lot secure.

The boundary lines have fallen for me

in pleasant places;

surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the LORD, who counsels me,

even at night my heart instructs me.

I have set the LORD always before me.

Because He is at my right hand,

I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

my body also will rest secure,

because You will not abandon me to the grave,

nor will You let Your Holy One see decay.

You have made known to me the path of life;

You will fill me with joy in Your presence,

with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.

Psalm 150: 6

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD.

Psalm 34: 1

I will extol the LORD at all times;

His praise will always be on my lips.

Psalm 34: 4 – 10

I sought the LORD, and He answered me;

He delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to Him are radiant;

their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;

He saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,

and He delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;

blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Fear the LORD, you His saints,

for those who fear Him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,

but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Psalm 34: 15 – 18

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous

and His ears are attentive to their cry;

the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,

to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;

He delivers them from all their troubles.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Psalm 147: 1

Praise the LORD.  How good it is to sing praises to our God,

how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!

Psalm 1: 6

For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 146: 7 – 9

He upholds the cause of the oppressed

and gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets prisoners free,

the LORD gives sight to the blind,

the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,

the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the alien

and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Psalm 138: 6 & 7

Though the LORD is on high, He looks upon the lowly,

but the proud He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

You preserve my life;

You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes,

with Your right hand You save me.

Psalm 145: 18

The LORD is near to all who call on Him,

to all who call on Him in truth.

Psalm 118: 1, 6, 8 – 12

O LORD, hear my prayer,

listen to my cry for mercy;

in Your faithfulness and righteousness

come to my relief…

…I spread out my hands to You;

my soul thirsts for You like a parched land…

…Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,

for I have put my trust in You.

Show me the way I should go,

for to You I lift up my soul.

Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD,

for I hide myself in You.

Teach me to do Your will,

for You are my God;

may Your good Spirit

lead me on level ground.

For Your name’s sake, O LORD,

preserve my life;

in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies;

destroy all my foes,

for I am Your servant.

Psalm 116: 15

Precious in the sight of the LORD

is the death of His saints.

Psalm 73: 25 & 26

Whom have I in heaven but You?

And earth has nothing I desire besides You.

My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever.

Psalm 112: 4 – 10

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,

who conducts his affairs with justice.

Surely he will never be shaken,

a righteous man will be remembered forever.

He will have no fear of bad news;

 His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

His heart is secure, he will have no fear,

In the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,

His righteousness endures forever,

His horn will be lifted high in honour.

The wicked man will see and be vexed,

He will gnash his teeth and waste away;

The longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Psalm 86

Hear, O LORD, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

Guard my life, for I am devoted to You.

You are my God;

save Your servant who trusts in You.

Have mercy on me, O LORD,

for I call to You all day long.

Bring joy to Your servant,

for to You, O LORD,

I lift up my soul.

You are forgiving and good, O LORD,

abounding in love to all who call to You.

Hear my prayer, O LORD;

listen to my cry for mercy.

In the day of my trouble I will call to You,

for You will answer me.

Among the gods there is none like You, O LORD;

no deeds can compare with Yours.

All the nations You have made

will come and worship before You, O LORD;

they will bring glory to Your name.

For You are great and do marvellous deeds;

You alone are God.

Teach me Your way, O LORD,

and I will walk in Your truth;

give me an undivided heart,

that I may fear Your name.

I will praise You, O LORD my God,

with all my heart;

I will glorify Your name forever.

For great is Your love toward me;

You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

The arrogant are attacking me, O God;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life –

men without regard for You.

But You, O LORD, are a compassionate and gracious God,

slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Turn to me and have mercy on me;

grant Your strength to Your servant

and save the son of Your maidservant.

Give me a sign of Your goodness,

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,

for You, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Psalm 57

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,

for in You my soul takes refuge.

I will take refuge in the shadow of Your wings

until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,

to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.

He sends from heaven and saves me,

rebuking those who hotly pursue me;


God sends His love and His faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;

I lie among ravenous beasts –

men whose teeth are spears and arrows,

whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

let Your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet –

I was bowed down in distress.

They dug a pit in my path –

but they have fallen into it themselves.


My heart is steadfast, O God,

my heart is steadfast;

I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!

Awake, harp and lyre!

I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise You, O LORD, among the nations;

I will sing of You among the peoples.

For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens;

Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;

let Your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills –

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip –

He who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, He who watches over Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you –

the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm –

He will watch over your life;

the LORD will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters,

He stores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness

for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.’

Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with His feathers,

and under His wings you will find refuge;

His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling –

even the LORD, who is my refuge –

then no harm will befall you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

For He will command His angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

‘Because he loves me,’ says the LORD, ‘I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

He will call upon me, and I will answer him.

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honour him.

With long life will I satisfy him,

and show him my salvation.’

Psalm 146

Praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD, O my soul.

I will praise the LORD all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Do not put your trust in princes,

in mortal men, who cannot save.

When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;

on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

whose hope is in the LORD his God,

the Maker of heaven and earth,

the sea and everything in them –

the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

He upholds the cause of the oppressed

and gives food to the hungry.

The LORD sets prisoners free,

the LORD gives sight to the blind,

the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,

the LORD loves the righteous.

The LORD watches over the alien,

and sustains the fatherless and the widow,

but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The LORD reigns forever,

your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the LORD.


I lift up my eyes to You,

to You whose throne is in heaven.

As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes look to the LORD our God,

till He shows us His mercy.

Have mercy on us, O LORD,

have mercy on us,

for we have endured much contempt.

We have endured much ridicule from the proud,

much contempt from the arrogant.


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