April 9 – Psalms 19 and 20 from the Old Testament

Psalms 19 and 20 – Psalm 19

For the music director; a psalm of David.

19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God;

the sky displays his handiwork.

19:2 Day after day it speaks out;

night after night it reveals his greatness.

19:3 There is no actual speech or word,

nor is its voice literally heard.

19:4 Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth;

its words carry to the distant horizon.

In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun.

19:5 Like a bridegroom it emerges from its chamber;

like a strong man it enjoys running its course.

19:6 It emerges from the distant horizon,

and goes from one end of the sky to the other;

nothing can escape its heat.

19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect

and preserves one’s life.

The rules set down by the Lord are reliable

and impart wisdom to the inexperienced.

19:8 The Lord’s precepts are fair

and make one joyful.

The Lord’s commands are pure

and give insight for life.

19:9 The commands to fear the Lord are right

and endure forever.

The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy

and absolutely just.

19:10 They are of greater value than gold,

than even a great amount of pure gold;

they bring greater delight than honey,

than even the sweetest honey from a honeycomb.

19:11 Yes, your servant finds moral guidance there;

those who obey them receive a rich reward.

19:12 Who can know all his errors?

Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of.

19:13 Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant sins;

do not allow such sins to control me.

Then I will be blameless,

and innocent of blatant rebellion.

19:14 May my words and my thoughts

be acceptable in your sight,

O Lord, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 20

For the music director; a psalm of David.

20:1 May the Lord answer you when you are in trouble;

may the God of Jacob make you secure!

20:2 May he send you help from his temple;

from Zion may he give you support!

20:3 May he take notice of your offerings;

may he accept your burnt sacrifice! (Selah)

20:4 May he grant your heart’s desire;

may he bring all your plans to pass!

20:5 Then we will shout for joy over your victory;

we will rejoice in the name of our God!

May the Lord grant all your requests!

20:6 Now I am sure that the Lord will deliver his chosen king;

he will intervene for him from his holy heavenly temple,

and display his mighty ability to deliver.

20:7 Some trust in chariots and others in horses,

but we depend on the Lord our God.

20:8 They will fall down,

but we will stand firm.

20:9 The Lord will deliver the king;

he will answer us when we call to him for help!

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