June 18 – Psalms 70 and 71 from the New Testament


Psalms 70 and 71 – Psalm 70

For the music director; by David; written to get God’s attention.

70:1 O God, please be willing to rescue me!

O Lord, hurry and help me!

70:2 May those who are trying to take my life

 be embarrassed and ashamed!

May those who want to harm me

 be turned back and ashamed!

70:3 May those who say, “Aha! Aha!”

be driven back and disgraced!

70:4 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!

May those who love to experience your deliverance say continually,

“May God be praised!”

70:5 I am oppressed and needy!

O God, hurry to me!

You are my helper and my deliverer!

O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 71

71:1 In you, O Lord, I have taken shelter!

Never let me be humiliated!

71:2 Vindicate me by rescuing me!

Listen to me! Deliver me!

71:3 Be my protector and refuge,

a stronghold where I can be safe!

For you are my high ridge and my stronghold.

71:4 My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked,

from the hand of the cruel oppressor!

71:5 For you give me confidence, O Lord;

O Lord, I have trusted in you since I was young.

71:6 I have leaned on you since birth;

you pulled me from my mother’s womb.

I praise you continually.

71:7 Many are appalled when they see me,

but you are my secure shelter.

71:8 I praise you constantly

and speak of your splendor all day long.

71:9 Do not reject me in my old age!

When my strength fails, do not abandon me!

71:10 For my enemies talk about me;

those waiting for a chance to kill me plot my demise.

71:11 They say, “God has abandoned him.

Run and seize him, for there is no one who will rescue him!”

71:12 O God, do not remain far away from me!

My God, hurry and help me!

71:13 May my accusers be humiliated and defeated!

May those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace!

71:14 As for me, I will wait continually,

and will continue to praise you.

71:15 I will tell about your justice,

and all day long proclaim your salvation,

though I cannot fathom its full extent.

71:16 I will come and tell about the mighty acts of the sovereign Lord.

I will proclaim your justice – yours alone.

71:17 O God, you have taught me since I was young,

and I am still declaring your amazing deeds.

71:18 Even when I am old and gray,

O God, do not abandon me,

until I tell the next generation about your strength,

and those coming after me about your power.

71:19 Your justice, O God, extends to the skies above;

you have done great things.

O God, who can compare to you?

71:20 Though you have allowed me to experience much trouble and distress,

revive me once again!

Bring me up once again from the depths of the earth!

71:21 Raise me to a position of great honor!

Turn and comfort me!

71:22 I will express my thanks to you with a stringed instrument,

praising your faithfulness, O my God!

I will sing praises to you accompanied by a harp,

O Holy One of Israel!

71:23 My lips will shout for joy! Yes, I will sing your praises!

I will praise you when you rescue me!

71:24 All day long my tongue will also tell about your justice,

for those who want to harm me will be embarrassed and ashamed.

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