April 1 – Psalms 3 and 4 from the Old Testament

Psalms 3 and 4 – Psalm 3

A psalm of David, written when he fled from his son Absalom.

3:1 Lord, how numerous are my enemies!

Many attack me.

3:2 Many say about me,

“God will not deliver him.” (Selah)

3:3 But you, Lord, are a shield that protects me;

you are my glory and the one who restores me.

3:4 To the Lord I cried out,

and he answered me from his holy hill. (Selah)

3:5 I rested and slept;

I awoke, for the Lord protects me.

3:6 I am not afraid of the multitude of people

who attack me from all directions.

3:7 Rise up, Lord!

Deliver me, my God!

Yes, you will strike all my enemies on the jaw;

you will break the teeth of the wicked.

3:8 The Lord delivers;

you show favor to your people. (Selah)

Psalm 4

For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm of David.

4:1 When I call out, answer me,

O God who vindicates me!

Though I am hemmed in, you will lead me into a wide, open place.

Have mercy on me and respond to my prayer!

4:2 You men, how long will you try to turn my honor into shame?

How long will you love what is worthless

and search for what is deceptive? (Selah)

4:3 Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor;

the Lord responds when I cry out to him.

4:4 Tremble with fear and do not sin!

Meditate as you lie in bed, and repent of your ways! (Selah)

4:5 Offer the prescribed sacrifices

and trust in the Lord!

4:6 Many say, “Who can show us anything good?”

Smile upon us, Lord!

4:7 You make me happier

than those who have abundant grain and wine.

4:8 I will lie down and sleep peacefully,

for you, Lord, make me safe and secure.

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