Sunday, July 1, 2012

Psalm 16: A Prayer of Confidence

    Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.
      I say to the Lord,
         You are my Lord;
      all the good things I have come from you. 

   How excellent are the Lord's faithful people!
      My greatest pleasure is to be with them.

   Those who rush to other gods
      bring many troubles on themselves.
   I will not take part in their sacrifices;
      I will not worship their gods.

   You, Lord, are all I have,
      and you give me all I need;
      my future is in your hands.
   How wonderful are your gifts to me;
      how good they are!

  I praise the Lord, because he guides me,
      and in the night my conscience warns me.
   I am always aware of the Lord's presence;
      he is near, and nothing can shake me.

   And so I am thankful and glad,
      and I feel completely secure,
    because you protect me from the power of death.
   I have served you faithfully,
      and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.

   You will show me the path that leads to life;
      your presence fills me with joy
      and brings me pleasure forever.

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