Psalm 72 - Give the king your justice, O God

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Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King Of Solomon..
1) Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
2) May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
3) May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
4) May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
5) May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6) May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
7) In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

8) May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9) May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust.
10) May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts. 11) May all kings fall down before him, all…

Psalm 11 - What can the righteous do?

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To the leader. Of David.
1) In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me,
"Flee like a bird to the mountains;
2) for look, the wicked bend the bow,
they have fitted their arrow to the string,
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart.
3) If the foundations are destroyed,
what can the righteous do?"

4) The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven.
His eyes behold, his gaze examines humankind.
5) The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
and his soul hates the lover of violence.
6) On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulfur;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7) For the Lord is righteous;
he loves righteous deeds;
the upright shall behold his face.

Psalm 11
Not included in the Revised Common Lectionary.

When you are under threat, there are three basic survival reactions: fight, flight, or freeze, and each of these relates to a strategy. In mass shooter training, participant…

Psalm 87 - The Lord loves the gates of Zion

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Of the Korahites. A Psalm. A Song.
1) On the holy mount stands the city he founded;
2) the Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3) Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God.

4) Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;
Philistia too, and Tyre, with Ethiopia—
"This one was born there," they say.

5) And of Zion it shall be said,
"This one and that one were born in it";
for the Most High himself will establish it.
6) The Lord records, as he registers the peoples,
"This one was born there."

7) Singers and dancers alike say,
"All my springs are in you."

Psalm 87
Not included in the Revised Common Lectionary.

Jerusalem, O Jerusalem. The city is justly fabled. People have invested heart and soul in it for millennia. Some talk about a particular quality of light and atmosphere unique to the place, and its complicated religious history is like that …

Psalm 79 - They have poured out their blood like water

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A Psalm of Asaph.
1) O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple;
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2) They have given the bodies of your servants
to the birds of the air for food,
the flesh of your faithful to the wild animals of the earth.
3) They have poured out their blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
4) We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
mocked and derided by those around us.

5) How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealous wrath burn like fire?
6) Pour out your anger on the nations
that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
that do not call on your name.
7) For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his habitation.

8) Do not remember against us the iniquities of our ancestors;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
9) Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of yo…

Psalm 74 - Why do you cast us off forever?

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A Maskil of Asaph.
1) O God, why do you cast us off forever?
Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
2) Remember your congregation, which you acquired long ago,
which you redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage.
Remember Mount Zion, where you came to dwell.
3) Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;
the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.

4) Your foes have roared within your holy place;
they set up their emblems there.
5) At the upper entrance they hacked
the wooden trellis with axes.
6) And then, with hatchets and hammers,
they smashed all its carved work.
7) They set your sanctuary on fire;
they desecrated the dwelling place of your name,
bringing it to the ground.
8) They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;
they burned all the meeting places of God in the land.
9) We do not see our emblems;
there is no longer any prophet,
and there is no one among us who knows how…

Psalm 134 - Lift up your hands

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A Song of Ascents.
1) Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
2) Lift up your hands to the holy place,
and bless the Lord.
3) May the Lord, maker of heaven and earth,
bless you from Zion.

Psalm 134 (NRSV*)
Not included in the Revised Common Lectionary.

This shortest of psalms says a lot.

There is an invitation to come, come and bless the Lord. It is directed to a certain class of faithful ones, those who keep watch at night in the house of the Lord. They are to lift up their hands to the holy place.

The psalms were the hymn book of the Temple. As a "song of Ascents," Psalm 134 was sung by worshippers ascending the hill to the Temple. It seems that those "servants of the Lord who stand by night in the house of the Lord" were the actual night shift in the Jerusalem Temple.

But the psalms are reusable and can be re-purposed.

We might today pray it more broadly. "Servants of the L…

Psalm 113 - From the rising of the sun

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1) Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord;
praise the name of the Lord.

2) Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.
3) From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
4) The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.

5) Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6)who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
7) He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8) to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9) He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

Psalm 113
Proper 20, Sunday between September 18 and September 24, Year C

Blessed be the name of the Lord from now until forever. That's a lot of blessing.

Some will know this psalm from the song, popular in evangelical churches:
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