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Psalm 113

Praise the Lord. Servants of the Lord praise Him.
Praise now and forevermore.
Praise from sunrise to sunset.

Exalt Him over all the nations.
His glory (perfection) is above the nations.
No one is like God. God sits enthroned on high and stoops down to look at heaven and earth.

He raises poor from the dust of poverty.
He lifts the needy from the ash heap of want.
The poor and needy sit with the princes.
The barren woman becomes a happy mother.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 112

Praise the Lord.
Blessed is the man who has respect for God, who finds pleasure in keeping God’s commands.
His children will be mighty and blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house – the wealth and riches of God’s blessings.
Even in darkness, God’s light can be seen by the upright man looking up to God. Being gracious, hospitable, compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who is just in every affair.
A righteous man will never be shaken and will be remembered forever.
He will no fear “bad news” because his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure in that trust and he will not have any fear. In the end, he will look in triumph on his foes.
He has scattered his gifts to the poor. His righteousness endures forever. His dignity will be honored by all.
The wicked man will see him and be vexed. He will waste away and his longings will fade away to nothing.

Psalm 111

I will extol the Lord with all my heart – with everything I am. I will extol Him in the public meeting.

God’s works are great. If you delight in them, you ponder them.

His deeds are glorious, perfect, majestic. His righteousness endures forever. His wonders are so wonderful, no one can forget them. He is gracious and compassionate. He provides food. He remembers and keeps His promises and covenants. He has shown us the power of His Works. His works are faithful and just. His precepts, laws are trustworthy. God is steadfast, faithful and upright. He provides redemption for us.

Knowing God is the beginning of wisdom. Follow His precepts and you’ll have good understanding. He deserves eternal praise.

Psalm 109

I praise You – I don’t remain quiet.
Wicked men speak against me – they speak lies, hatred, accusations.
I am a person of prayer. They repay me evil for good, hatred for friendship, betrayal for love.

Appoint an evil man for the evil man. Send him an accuser, find him guilty, let his prayers condemn him. His days will be few, someone else will take over leadership. His children will be fatherless and wandering beggars. A creditor will seize all he owns and strangers will enjoy the fruits of his labor. No one will have pity or mercy. The family name will be blotted out. God will never forgive him. He never thought of doing a kind deed, but hounded the poor to death. May the curse he put on others return to him.

Deal well with me. Deliver me.
I am poor, needy, wounded, fading away, scorned.
Help me, save me.
Men may curse, but God will bless.
I will extol God and praise Him for He stands at the right hand of the needy one and saves his life from those who condemn him.

I remember finding this psalm when I was recovering from my divorce. Every time I came across it, I would pray it with venom in my voice. But the more I allowed God to heal me and the more I forgave, the less venom and the more pity accompanied my prayer.

Psalm 108

My heart is steadfast. Unwavering. Loyal to You.
I will sing and make music and put everything into it.
I will awaken the dawn with my music.
I will praise You among all nations.
Your love is great – higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted – praised and lifted up – above the heavens.
Let Your glory and perfection be over all the earth.

Save us, help us, deliver us.
The earth and all its countries belong to God.
With God our armies will conquer.