Psalm 46–God as our Refuge

There is a hymn that was written by Martin Luther, It is called “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. It is one of the best known and most sung hymns in history.  It is a great reminder that God is indeed our refuge and strength.  Amid the spiritual war that occurs in our lives and in our world, God remains the fortress, the anchor, and the refuge in men’s lives.   

It is so easy to rely upon other things to provide the protection and the provision for daily living.  We look to our wealth, our skills, our position, and our cleverness to navigate life’s different twists and turns.  When we do, we are so often disappointed.  The psalmist reminds us that it remains God that protects and provides.  Further, It is God that can literally melt rock, starts and ends wars, saves and ends lives and suffering.  It is that God that takes personal interest and care in our individual lives.

We, like the psalmist, must embrace the reality of God’s sovereignty and power.  We can rely upon His protection, preparation, and provision for our lives. When we do seek Him, God becomes our mighty fortress.  He walks with us through battle and provides shelter from the onslaught of enemy attacks.  On this weekend of Easter, we can see at the cross God’s ultimate reminder of His love and provision for our lives.  We need only accept His gift of salvation and allow our Lord to be the mighty fortress for our daily battles!

God Bless You

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”​

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 44–When It Seems God is Not There

This psalm is a difficult one to read.  It is the great regret of what was and what is now.  The psalmist recounts the days of old when God was Israel’s warrior and protector, but then, he looks at current state when Israel is a shambles and a joke to the known world.  The psalmist is truly grieving and no longer wants His nation to be a joke.  He is calling on God to reassert control and make His presence known on Israel’s behalf.

There are never easy answers to God’s plan or His timing.  We often scratch our own heads in wonder about why God does what He does.  We evaluate our lives and wonder why as we follow the Lord faithfully there are trials and temptations.  Each of us know God could make the bad go away and make life amazing and fun. 

After all, our Father has cattle on a thousand hills.  Still, God allows difficult ​times that are life altering and faith stretching. Sometimes, we are pushed beyond our limits and question God’s very presence and love during the trial.

Take comfort in knowing that we are not the first to question God and His plan.  He has heard the question through the ages posed by great and small over issues involving life, family, finances, health, career, and so many other things.  Like Job, many times God does not give us the why’s.  We must be content knowing He is in charge and never caught off guard.  The Lord will complete His plan in His way, and in His timing.

We will have our Heavenly Father at our side until He either returns to get us or when we die and go to be with Him.  Either way, we must continue to trust God through good and through difficult days.

God Bless You

We have heard it with our ears, O God;
    our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
    in days long ago.
With your hand you drove out the nations
    and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples
    and made our ancestors flourish.
It was not by their sword that they won the land,
    nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
    and the light of your face, for you loved them.

You are my King and my God,
    who decrees[c] victories for Jacob.
Through you we push back our enemies;
    through your name we trample our foes.
I put no trust in my bow,
    my sword does not bring me victory;
but you give us victory over our enemies,
    you put our adversaries to shame.
In God we make our boast all day long,
    and we will praise your name forever.[d]

But now you have rejected and humbled us;
    you no longer go out with our armies.
10 You made us retreat before the enemy,
    and our adversaries have plundered us.
11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
    and have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sold your people for a pittance,
    gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
    the scorn and derision of those around us.
14 You have made us a byword among the nations;
    the peoples shake their heads at us.
15 I live in disgrace all day long,
    and my face is covered with shame
16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
    because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17 All this came upon us,
    though we had not forgotten you;
    we had not been false to your covenant.
18 Our hearts had not turned back;
    our feet had not strayed from your path.
19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals;
    you covered us over with deep darkness.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God
    or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21 would not God have discovered it,
    since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
    Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
    and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
    our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
    rescue us because of your unfailing love.

Psalm 42–Loving God Like a Thirsty Deer

There is very little that will capture our focus more than thirst.  When one becomes extremely thirsty, it diverts us from thinking about almost anything else.  That overwhelming urge is what the psalm writer was trying to capture.  He longed after God’s presence like a thirsty and giant deer longed for a drink.  This was no teacup kind of longing, it was a big gulp, Rt 44, Bucee’s extra large kind of thirst.

The Psalmist was emphasizing that we need to be as desperate to be in God’s presence as a traveler would have been on the hot and dusty Israel roads.  We often look at our time with God as a 3-hour commitment on Sunday morning and an occasional thought for the day when convenient.  Imagine if you only drank water as often as you spent time with the Lord–Desert!

We need to remember that our spiritual needs are so much more real than even a drink of water. We must seek and follow God as if our lives depended on it, because our lives do depend on God!  We must truly desire to be with Him and to be like Him in our daily walks.  If we will, He will gladly transform us into His image and prepare us for an eternity where we will never be thirsty again. Jesus said it best to the woman at the well. John 4:13, “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

God Bless You

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,

    my Savior and my God.

Psalm 41-Trusting God and One’s Critics

It is so essential to focus on our vertical relationship with God as a priority to the horizontal relationships with friends and family.  One does not need to replace the other, however, if we have a right relationship with God, we can deal with the ever-changing relationship with others.  In this psalm, David felt abandoned by friends and made a spectacle by his enemies.  In that position, David places his focus and perspective on God.  

Others wish the king dead and have all but abandoned him; while he knows that as God’s anointed king, the Lord will neither berate nor abandon David.  He loved God above all others and was ready to accept God’s outcome. Still, David knew God loved him and accepted the king warts and all.  David held on tight to the confidence God built into him over the years.  It was not one big event like Goliath that convinced David.  Instead it was several daily wins and times of desperation that showed God’s faithfulness.

Neither David nor us as God’s chosen can forget the many times God has shown Himself faithful and committed to us.  God leaves us countless markers on our life timeline so that we can look back and remember His faithfulness. David then encourages us to cling to those markers when all seems lost, and as we face death and loss.  Those reminders can be game changers when everyone and everything has seemingly turned against us.

It is our job to remember and recount all the times God has remained faithful and cling to the truth that our Father is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He will never leave us, nor will He forsake us.  That is His promise and it will not ever change!

God Bless You

Blessed is the one who considers the poor![a]
    In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
    he is called blessed in the land;
    you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
    in his illness you restore him to full health.[b]

As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
    heal me,[c] for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
    “When will he die, and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
    while his heart gathers iniquity;
    when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
    they imagine the worst for me.[d]

They say, “A deadly thing is poured out[e] on him;
    he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
    who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
10 But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
    and raise me up, that I may repay them!

11 By this I know that you delight in me:
    my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
12 But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
    and set me in your presence forever.

13 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.

Psalm 40–Recognizing God’s Provision when we need it Most

David shares his heart with God.  He knows it is God that delivers and not men.  It is so difficult to not turn to our own resources and devices to meet needs.  They are present and have flesh on them. David reminds us, however, that it is God that meets our needs.  The Lord gives us faith and hope.  He sets our feet on solid ground.  He even gives us the prayers to pray.  We simply have to trust and turn to Him.

The most captivating part of the psalm, however is the end.  David authored the psalm when he was needy, not when all was good.  In fact, his final words are in effect, “Help, come quick!”  David shows us that the times when things are difficult are the times that faith matters most.  David is recounting God’s faithfulness as a reminder that the Father will be faithful again.  

We can sing our praises loudly and fervently when all is well.  God longs, however, for our trust when days are difficult.  If we will continue to trust God during those times, then we will become steadfast and we will see amazing grace occur.  We have to remain patient, but if we will, He will show himself faithful.  We can never give up nor ever give in.  As God’s chosen, we must keep focused, as David did on his incredible record of provision, protection, and preparation.

God Bless You

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
    and put their trust in him.

Blessed is the one
    who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
    to those who turn aside to false gods.[b]
Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
    but my ears you have opened[c]
    burnt offerings and sin offerings[d] you did not require.
Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
    it is written about me in the scroll.[e]
I desire to do your will, my God;
    your law is within my heart.”

I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
    I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
    I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
    may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
    my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
    and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
    be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
    be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
    may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
    you are my God, do not delay.

Psalm 39–Even When We Know God Is In Charge

David was having a bad day.  Even though the king knew God was in charge and had his back, it was difficult not to let life and circumstances rule David’s thoughts.  David did what we do many times.  We weigh “our image” of how hard we are trying to follow and honor Him against the struggles that life and our failures cause.  From our perspective, we know we are not perfect, but come on God, give us some credit.

Truth is and David knew that when weighing the balance we always come up short.  If the truth be told, it is only God’s grace and mercy that allows us to have a life.  David needed to remember as God’s anointed, it was who and whose David was that brought him life and favor, not what he achieved and avoided in terms of his behavior.

We must also remember that it is grace that saves us, and as God’s chosen, it is our position, not our performance, that gives us life.  We are not immune from trials and not given credit for good behavior.  We simply need to humbly follow God’s plan and  leadership and allow God to complete the work He has begun in us.  If we will, God will walk with us through the valley and prepare a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He is God and we are not…enough said!

God Bless You

I said, “I will watch my ways
    and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
    while in the presence of the wicked.”
So I remained utterly silent,
    not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
    my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
    then I spoke with my tongue:

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure.[b]

“Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
    in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
    without knowing whose it will finally be.

“But now, Lord, what do I look for?
    My hope is in you.
Save me from all my transgressions;
    do not make me the scorn of fools.
I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
    for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
    I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
    you consume their wealth like a moth—
    surely everyone is but a breath.

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
    listen to my cry for help;
    do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
    a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
    before I depart and am no more.”

Psalm 38–Trusting God Even When we Have Made a Mess of Life

I have missed you guys.  Thanks for your patience.  David’s psalm is every person’s heart when they are struggling.  Theologians do not place a date on this psalm, because David encountered many trials and difficult times.  None the less, This psalm represents the heart of a man broken with no other place to go but his Father.

As we read the Psalm, clearly the misery​ David felt in the trial affected every part of David’s life.  It destroyed him physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.  David felt alone, destroyed, vulnerable, and hopeless.  David turned to the only place he knew for relief, God.  In his plea, David does not accuse God of treating him unfairly, in fact, David is the first to point out his sin and its effects on the king’s life.  ​

Still, David knows that the Lord is in control.  No matter the short-term pain, at day’s end, God will be victorious. The Lord’s plan is always the right one and His ways are always the best ways.  So, while it is ok to grieve to the Lord, we cannot and will not change God’s plan for us as His chosen.

So, does that mean that prayer is useless, and our cries fall deaf ears, absolutely not!  Our prayers show our trust in God and in His plan.  Our faith is what makes our relationship with God a real one.  Like any father, God desires that we have the best. Still God allows us to express our hearts.  As we do, often we can see when our desires and His align.  If the desires of our heart do align with His plan, He is happy to alter the course to give us those desires.  That is why David reminded us in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

We do have a free will, David grieved that his choices often wrecked his life.  We do too.  The great news is, however, that God will guide us to His best even when we have driven ourselves into the rocks.  We must simply repent and follow Him with a right spirit and a humble heart.

God Bless You

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have pierced me,
    and your hand has come down on me.
Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.
My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.
My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.

All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
    even the light has gone from my eyes.
11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
    my neighbors stay far away.
12 Those who want to kill me set their traps,
    those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
    all day long they scheme and lie.

13 I am like the deaf, who cannot hear,
    like the mute, who cannot speak;
14 I have become like one who does not hear,
    whose mouth can offer no reply.
15 Lord, I wait for you;
    you will answer, Lord my God.
16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat
    or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.”

17 For I am about to fall,
    and my pain is ever with me.
18 I confess my iniquity;
    I am troubled by my sin.
19 Many have become my enemies without cause[b];
    those who hate me without reason are numerous.
20 Those who repay my good with evil
    lodge accusations against me,
    though I seek only to do what is good.

21 Lord, do not forsake me;
    do not be far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
    my Lord and my Savior.

Psalm 37 Part 2–God’s Chosen are Separate

God will not forsake His own.  This Psalm is a tribute to David’s lifelong pursuit of God.  He experienced many difficult days.  There were many times that He did not know if he and his men would make it. Later in his reign, Her faced some hard consequences and almost lost the kingdom to his rebellious son.  Still as David looked back, he remembered that God did not forsake His own.

We must trust God not to forsake us either.  We will face difficult times and during them, we will be tempted to lose our faith in God and try to fix things on our own.  That usually ends badly and our suffering increases.  David reminds us to continue to trust God to remain consistent in His character. Further, we must wait on Him to protect and provide.  David encourages us to seek God and watch Him carry us through to the end.

It is not an easy journey.  Life has so many twists and pitfalls.  God promises us that He will deliver us and guide us all the way to eternity if we will only trust Him.  Like King David, we can trust the Lord to complete His work in our lives.  We must not give up when we are so close to eternity. 

Paul said it best in Philippians 3, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

God Bless You

Better the little that the righteous have
    than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
    and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
    in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,

    but those he curses will be destroyed.

23 The Lord makes firm the steps
    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

25 I was young and now I am old,
    yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
    or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
    their children will be a blessing.[b]

27 Turn from evil and do good;
    then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
    and will not forsake his faithful ones.

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,

    and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
    their feet do not slip…

37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
    a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
    there will be no future[e] for the wicked.

39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
    he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
    he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
    because they take refuge in him.

Psalm 37 Part 1 Delight in the Lord

Though the world seems to win more than we do, God’s people have to remember that God is still in charge.  The world is living for the day, while we, as God’s chosen, are living for eternity.  David reminds us in this psalm that we have to rest in the Lord and make him our source of peace and delight.  Like us, David was recognizing that it is hard not to feel jealous of the world.  They seem to have it so much easier.  Their selfishness suits them.  They spend their resources and time on pleasing themselves, and as such, always seem to have whatever they want.

We, on the other hand are living for the lord.  It seems like nothing comes easy and success is always just out of reach.  What David  reminds us is that our heart and focus needs to be on Heaven and on the Lord.  If the Lord is indeed our focus and our delight, we will not be disappointed.  It is so difficult, however, to live in this world and not long to have the things this world offers.  But, God wants us to live for eternity.  He wants us to have our hearts and focus on what is eternal.  If we will, He will meet our needs and also give us the things to prepare us for eternity, where our real home is found.

God Bless You.

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
    do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
    but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
    and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the righteous
    and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
    for he knows their day is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword
    and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
    to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
    and their bows will be broken.

16 Better the little that the righteous have
    than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
    but the Lord upholds the righteous.

Psalm 36–The Distinction Between God and Men

David draws a distinction between the evilness of men and the greatness of a God that loves His chosen.  Men are evil.  They are self-centered and self absorbed. They have no respect for God or other people.  from the moment that they wake up to the last thoughts before sleep, men plot and do whatever they can to benefit themselves.  

God is the opposite.  He loves His own.  He seeks to bless and protect them. He stands as their refuge, their fortress in the midst of trials.  He loves beyond measure and shows grace and patience for us.  He gave His only Son so that we might have life.  Truly, there is no comparison to the greatness of our God and the awfulness of men.

In our lives, several thousand years later, The distinction still remains.  Men, through the years, have continued to be sinful and awful.  They are still self-centered and self absorbed.  Most of our phones are full of “Selfies.”  We take great care to build our “profiles”  so that we appear all together and great beyond measure. 

God, on the other hand, still loves us and offers salvation and a full, purposeful, and meaningful life. He does not require our perfection to save us. Instead, He simply requires our trust and submission to His plan.  Like David, we only need to look to the Lord for leadership and guidance.  As we do, He will save us and transform us into people ready for eternity with Him.  Thankfully, God is patient and will take a lifetime to love and guide us to truth.  The Lord only asks that we trust Him and follow.  He will do the rest.

God Bless You

I have a message from God in my heart
    concerning the sinfulness of the wicked:[b]
There is no fear of God
    before their eyes.

In their own eyes they flatter themselves

    too much to detect or hate their sin.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;
    they fail to act wisely or do good.
Even on their beds they plot evil;
    they commit themselves to a sinful course
    and do not reject what is wrong.

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light.

10 Continue your love to those who know you,
    your righteousness to the upright in heart.
11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
    nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 See how the evildoers lie fallen—
    thrown down, not able to rise!

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