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Psalm 23 (New International Version)
A psalm of David.

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

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
      he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
      He guides me in paths of righteousness
      for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
      through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
      I will fear no evil,
      for you are with me;
      your rod and your staff,
      they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies.
      You anoint my head with oil;
      my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
      all the days of my life,
      and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

Psalm 121 (New International Version)
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
      where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,
      the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
      he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
      will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
      the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
      nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
      he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
      both now and forevermore.

Psalm 139 (New International Version)
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 O LORD, you have searched me
      and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
      you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
      you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
      you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
      you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
      too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
      Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
      if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
      if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
      your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
      and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
      the night will shine like the day,
      for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
      you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
      your works are wonderful,
      I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
      when I was made in the secret place.
      When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
      All the days ordained for me
      were written in your book
      before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
      How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,
      they would outnumber the grains of sand.
      When I awake,
      I am still with you.

Psalm 103 (New International Version)
Of David.

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
      all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
      and forget not all his benefits-

3 who forgives all your sins
      and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
      and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things
      so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6 The LORD works righteousness
      and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
      his deeds to the people of Israel:

8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
      slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse,
      nor will he harbor his anger forever;

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
      or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
      so great is his love for those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,
      so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
      so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,
      he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass,
      he flourishes like a flower of the field;

16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
      and its place remembers it no more.

17 But from everlasting to everlasting
      the LORD's love is with those who fear him,
      and his righteousness with their children's children-

18 with those who keep his covenant
      and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
      and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
      you mighty ones who do his bidding,
      who obey his word.

21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
      you his servants who do his will.

22 Praise the LORD, all his works
      everywhere in his dominion.
      Praise the LORD, O my soul.

Psalm 46 (New International Version)
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A song.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
      an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
      and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
      and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
      the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
      God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
      he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
      the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
      the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
      he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
      he burns the shields [b] with fire.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
      I will be exalted among the nations,
      I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
      the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 90 (New International Version)
A prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
      throughout all generations.

2 Before the mountains were born
      or you brought forth the earth and the world,
      from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn men back to dust,
      saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."

4 For a thousand years in your sight
      are like a day that has just gone by,
      or like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
      they are like the new grass of the morning-

6 though in the morning it springs up new,
      by evening it is dry and withered.

Psalm 25 (New International Version)
Of David.

1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;

2 in you I trust, O my God.
      Do not let me be put to shame,
      nor let my enemies triumph over me.

3 No one whose hope is in you
      will ever be put to shame,
      but they will be put to shame
      who are treacherous without excuse.

4 Show me your ways, O LORD,
      teach me your paths;

5 guide me in your truth and teach me,
      for you are God my Savior,
      and my hope is in you all day long.

6 Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love,
      for they are from of old.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth
      and my rebellious ways;
      according to your love remember me,
      for you are good, O LORD.

8 Good and upright is the LORD;
      therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

9 He guides the humble in what is right
      and teaches them his way.

10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
      for those who keep the demands of his covenant.

11 For the sake of your name, O LORD,
      forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ?
      He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.

13 He will spend his days in prosperity,
      and his descendants will inherit the land.

14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
      he makes his covenant known to them.

15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
      for only he will release my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
      for I am lonely and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart have multiplied;
      free me from my anguish.

18 Look upon my affliction and my distress
      and take away all my sins.

19 See how my enemies have increased
      and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
      let me not be put to shame,
      for I take refuge in you.

21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
      because my hope is in you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
      from all their troubles!

Psalm 27:1-5 (New International Version)
Of David.

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
      whom shall I fear?
      The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
      of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evil men advance against me
      to devour my flesh, [a]
      when my enemies and my foes attack me,
      they will stumble and fall.

3 Though an army besiege me,
      my heart will not fear;
      though war break out against me,
      even then will I be confident.

4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
      this is what I seek:
      that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
      all the days of my life,
      to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
      and to seek him in his temple.

5 For in the day of trouble
      he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
      he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
      and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 42 (New International Version)
For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1  As the deer pants for streams of water,
      so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
      When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food
      day and night,
      while men say to me all day long,
      "Where is your God?"

4 These things I remember
      as I pour out my soul:
      how I used to go with the multitude,
      leading the procession to the house of God,
      with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
      among the festive throng.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
      Why so disturbed within me?
      Put your hope in God,
      for I will yet praise him,
      my Savior and (6) my God.
      My soul is downcast within me;
      therefore I will remember you
      from the land of the Jordan,
      the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep
      in the roar of your waterfalls;
      all your waves and breakers
      have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
      at night his song is with me—
      a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
      "Why have you forgotten me?
      Why must I go about mourning,
      oppressed by the enemy?"

10 My bones suffer mortal agony
      as my foes taunt me,
      saying to me all day long,
      "Where is your God?"

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
      Why so disturbed within me?
      Put your hope in God,
      for I will yet praise him,
      my Savior and my God.

Psalm 63:1-7 (New International Version)
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

1 O God, you are my God,
      earnestly I seek you;
      my soul thirsts for you,
      my body longs for you,
      in a dry and weary land
      where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
      and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,
      my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
      and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
      with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you;
      I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help,
      I sing in the shadow of your wings.

Psalm 116 (New International Version)

1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
      he heard my cry for mercy.

2 Because he turned his ear to me,
      I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death entangled me,
      the anguish of the grave came upon me;
      I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.

4 Then I called on the name of the LORD :
      "O LORD, save me!"

5 The LORD is gracious and righteous;
      our God is full of compassion.

6 The LORD protects the simplehearted;
      when I was in great need, he saved me.

7 Be at rest once more, O my soul,
      for the LORD has been good to you.

8 For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death,
      my eyes from tears,
      my feet from stumbling,

9 that I may walk before the LORD
      in the land of the living.

10 I believed; therefore I said,
      "I am greatly afflicted."

11 And in my dismay I said,
      "All men are liars."

12 How can I repay the LORD
      for all his goodness to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
      and call on the name of the LORD.

14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
      in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
      is the death of his saints.

16 O LORD, truly I am your servant;
      I am your servant, the son of your maidservant;
      you have freed me from my chains.

17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
      and call on the name of the LORD.

18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
      in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the LORD—
      in your midst, O Jerusalem.
      Praise the LORD.

Psalm 91 (New International Version)

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
      will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
      my God, in whom I trust."

3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
      and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
      and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
      nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
      nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
      ten thousand at your right hand,
      but it will not come near you.

8 You will only observe with your eyes
      and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
      even the LORD, who is my refuge-

10 then no harm will befall you,
      no disaster will come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
      to guard you in all your ways;

12 they will lift you up in their hands,
      so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
      you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
      I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
      I will be with him in trouble,
      I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him
      and show him my salvation."