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38[A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.] O LORD, don't rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your rage!H4210H1732H2142H3068H3198H7110H3256H25342Your arrows have struck deep, and your blows are crushing me.H2671H5181H3027H51813Because of your anger, my whole body is sick; my health is broken because of my sins.H4974H1320H6440H2195H7965H6106H6440H24034My guilt overwhelms me—it is a burden too heavy to bear.H5771H5674H7218H3515H4853H35135My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins.H2250H887H4743H6440H2006I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief.H5753H7817H3966H1980H6937H31177A raging fever burns within me, and my health is broken.H3689H4390H7033H4974H13208I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from an anguished heart.H6313H3966H1794H7580H5100H38209You know what I long for, Lord; you hear my every sigh.H136H8378H585H564110My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind.H3820H5503H3581H5800H216H5869H1992H36911My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease. Even my own family stands at a distance.H157H7453H5975H5048H5061H7138H5975H735012Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me. Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me. All day long they plan their treachery.H1245H5315H5367H1875H7451H1696H1942H1897H4820H311713But I am deaf to all their threats. I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.H2795H8085H483H6605H631014I choose to hear nothing, and I make no reply.H376H8085H6310H843315For I am waiting for you, O LORD. You must answer for me, O Lord my God.H3068H3176H6030H136H43016I prayed, "Don't let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall."H559H8055H7272H4131H143117I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain.H3559H6761H4341H854818But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.H5046H5771H1672H240319I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason.H341H2416H6105H8130H8267H723120They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good.H7999H7451H2896H7853H7291H289621Do not abandon me, O LORD. Do not stand at a distance, my God.H5800H3068H430H736822Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior.H2363H5833H136H8668

39[For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.] I said to myself, "I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me."H5329H3038H4210H1732H559H8104H1870H2398H3956H8104H6310H4269H75632But as I stood there in silence—not even speaking of good things—the turmoil within me grew worse.H481H1747H2814H2896H3511H59163The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words.H3820H2552H7130H1901H784H1197H227H1696H39564"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.H3068H3045H7093H4060H3117H3045H23105You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath." InterludeH5414H3117H2947H2465H3605H120H5324H3605H1892H55426We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.H376H1980H6754H1993H1892H6651H3045H6227And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.H136H6960H84318Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me.H5337H6588H7760H2781H50369I am silent before you; I won't say a word, for my punishment is from you.H481H6605H6310H621310But please stop striking me! I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.H5493H5061H5493H3615H8409H302711When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath. InterludeH8433H3256H376H5771H2530H4529H6211H120H1892H554212Hear my prayer, O LORD! Listen to my cries for help! Don't ignore my tears. For I am your guest—a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me.H8085H8605H3068H238H7775H2790H1832H1616H8453H113Leave me alone so I can smile again before I am gone and exist no more.H8159H1082H3212

40[For the choir director: A psalm of David.] I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.H5329H4210H1732H6960H6960H3068H5186H8085H77752He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.H5927H7588H953H3121H2916H6965H7272H5553H3559H8383He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.H5414H2319H7892H6310H8416H430H7227H7200H3372H982H30684Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.H835H1397H7760H3068H4009H6437H7295H7750H35775O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.H7227H3068H430H6381H6213H4284H6186H5046H1696H6105H56086You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understandc—you don't require burnt offerings or sin offerings.H2077H4503H2654H241H3738H5930H2401H75927Then I said, "Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures.H559H935H4039H5612H37898I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart."H2654H6213H7522H430H8451H8432H45789I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O LORD, well know.H1319H6664H7227H6951H3607H8193H3068H304510I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.H3680H6666H8432H3820H559H530H8668H3582H2617H571H7227H695111LORD, don't hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.H3607H7356H3068H2617H571H8548H534112For troubles surround me—too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can't see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage.H4557H7451H661H5771H5381H3201H7200H6105H8185H7218H3820H580013Please, LORD, rescue me! Come quickly, LORD, and help me.H7521H3068H5337H3068H2363H583314May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace.H954H2659H3162H1245H5315H5595H5472H268H3637H2655H745115Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, "Aha! We've got him now!"H8074H6118H1322H559H1889H188916But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, "The LORD is great!"H1245H7797H8055H157H8668H559H8548H3068H143117As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.H6041H34H136H2803H5833H6403H309H430

41[For the choir director: A psalm of David.] Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble.H5329H4210H1732H835H7919H1800H3068H4422H3117H7451 2The LORD protects them and keeps them alive. He gives them prosperity in the land and rescues them from their enemies.H3068H8104H2421H833H776H5414H5315H341 3The LORD nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.H3068H5582H6210H1741H2015H4904H2483 4"O LORD," I prayed, "have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against you."H559H3068H2603H7495H5315H2398 5But my enemies say nothing but evil about me. "How soon will he die and be forgotten?" they ask.H341H559H7451H4191H8034H6 6They visit me as if they were my friends, but all the while they gather gossip, and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.H935H7200H1696H7723H3820H6908H205H3318H2351H1696 7All who hate me whisper about me, imagining the worst.H8130H3907H3162H2803H7451 8"He has some fatal disease," they say. "He will never get out of that bed!"H1100H1697H3332H7901H6965H3254 9Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely, the one who shared my food, has turned against me.H7965H376H982H398H3899H1431H6119 10LORD, have mercy on me. Make me well again, so I can pay them back!H3068H2603H6965H7999 11I know you are pleased with me, for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.H3045H2654H341H7321 12You have preserved my life because I am innocent; you have brought me into your presence forever.H8551H8537H5324H6440H5769 13Praise the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen!H1288H3068H430H3478H5769H5769H543H543

42[For the choir director: A psalmc of the descendants of Korah.] As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.H5329H4905H1121H7141H354H6165H4325H650H6165H5315H4302I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?H5315H6770H430H2416H410H935H7200H6440H4303Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, "Where is this God of yours?"H1832H3899H3119H3915H3117H559H4304My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be. I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!H2142H8210H5315H5674H5519H1718H1004H430H6963H7440H8426H1995H22875Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior andH7817H5315H1993H3176H430H3034H3444H64406my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.H430H5315H7817H2142H776H3383H2769H2022H47067I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.H8415H7121H8415H6963H6794H4867H1530H56748But each day the LORD pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.H3068H6680H2617H3119H3915H7892H8605H410H24169"O God my rock," I cry, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?"H559H410H5553H7911H3212H6937H3906H34110Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, "Where is this God of yours?"H7524H6106H6887H2778H559H3117H43011Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!H7817H5315H1993H3176H430H3034H3444H6440H430


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