July 10

Today’s Reading is from Psalm 67 to Psalm 71.

Psalm 67

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us

    and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

2 that your way may be known on earth,

    your saving power among all nations.

3 Let the peoples praise you, O God;

    let all the peoples praise you!

4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

    for you judge the peoples with equity

    and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

5 Let the peoples praise you, O God;

    let all the peoples praise you!

6 The earth has yielded its increase;

    God, our God, shall bless us.

7 God shall bless us;

    let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Psalm 68

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1 God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered;

    and those who hate him shall flee before him!

2 As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away;

    as wax melts before fire,

    so the wicked shall perish before God!

3 But the righteous shall be glad;

    they shall exult before God;

    they shall be jubilant with joy!

4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

    lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts;

his name is the Lord;

    exult before him!

5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows

    is God in his holy habitation.

6 God settles the solitary in a home;

    he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,

    but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

7 O God, when you went out before your people,

    when you marched through the wilderness, Selah

8 the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,

    before God, the One of Sinai,

    before God, the God of Israel.

9 Rain in abundance, O God, you shed abroad;

    you restored your inheritance as it languished;

10 your flock found a dwelling in it;

    in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

11 The Lord gives the word;

    the women who announce the news are a great host:

12     “The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!”

The women at home divide the spoil—

13     though you men lie among the sheepfolds—

the wings of a dove covered with silver,

    its pinions with shimmering gold.

14 When the Almighty scatters kings there,

    let snow fall on Zalmon.

15 O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;

    O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

16 Why do you look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,

    at the mount that God desired for his abode,

    yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?

17 The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,

    thousands upon thousands;

    the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.

18 You ascended on high,

    leading a host of captives in your train

    and receiving gifts among men,

even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.

19 Blessed be the Lord,

    who daily bears us up;

    God is our salvation. Selah

20 Our God is a God of salvation,

    and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.

21 But God will strike the heads of his enemies,

    the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.

22 The Lord said,

    “I will bring them back from Bashan,

I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

23 that you may strike your feet in their blood,

    that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”

24 Your procession is seen, O God,

    the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—

25 the singers in front, the musicians last,

    between them virgins playing tambourines:

26 “Bless God in the great congregation,

    the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”

27 There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead,

    the princes of Judah in their throng,

    the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

28 Summon your power, O God,

    the power, O God, by which you have worked for us.

29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem

    kings shall bear gifts to you.

30 Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds,

    the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples.

Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute;

    scatter the peoples who delight in war.

31 Nobles shall come from Egypt;

    Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.

32 O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God;

    sing praises to the Lord, Selah

33 to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens;

    behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.

34 Ascribe power to God,

    whose majesty is over Israel,

    and whose power is in the skies.

35 Awesome is God from his sanctuary;

    the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people.

Blessed be God!

Psalm 69

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David.

1 Save me, O God!

    For the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in deep mire,

    where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters,

    and the flood sweeps over me.

3 I am weary with my crying out;

    my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim

    with waiting for my God.

4 More in number than the hairs of my head

    are those who hate me without cause;

mighty are those who would destroy me,

    those who attack me with lies.

What I did not steal

    must I now restore?

5 O God, you know my folly;

    the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,

    O Lord God of hosts;

let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,

    O God of Israel.

7 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,

    that dishonor has covered my face.

8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,

    an alien to my mother’s sons.

9 For zeal for your house has consumed me,

    and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.

10 When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting,

    it became my reproach.

11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,

    I became a byword to them.

12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,

    and the drunkards make songs about me.

13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.

    At an acceptable time, O God,

    in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

14 Deliver me

    from sinking in the mire;

let me be delivered from my enemies

    and from the deep waters.

15 Let not the flood sweep over me,

    or the deep swallow me up,

    or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;

    according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.

17 Hide not your face from your servant,

    for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.

18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;

    ransom me because of my enemies!

19 You know my reproach,

    and my shame and my dishonor;

    my foes are all known to you.

20 Reproaches have broken my heart,

    so that I am in despair.

I looked for pity, but there was none,

    and for comforters, but I found none.

21 They gave me poison for food,

    and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.

22 Let their own table before them become a snare;

    and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.

23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,

    and make their loins tremble continually.

24 Pour out your indignation upon them,

    and let your burning anger overtake them.

25 May their camp be a desolation;

    let no one dwell in their tents.

26 For they persecute him whom you have struck down,

    and they recount the pain of those you have wounded.

27 Add to them punishment upon punishment;

    may they have no acquittal from you.

28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;

    let them not be enrolled among the righteous.

29 But I am afflicted and in pain;

    let your salvation, O God, set me on high!

30 I will praise the name of God with a song;

    I will magnify him with thanksgiving.

31 This will please the Lord more than an ox

    or a bull with horns and hoofs.

32 When the humble see it they will be glad;

    you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

33 For the Lord hears the needy

    and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him,

    the seas and everything that moves in them.

35 For God will save Zion

    and build up the cities of Judah,

and people shall dwell there and possess it;

36     the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,

    and those who love his name shall dwell in it.

Psalm 70

To the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering.

1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me!

    O Lord, make haste to help me!

2 Let them be put to shame and confusion

    who seek my life!

Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor

    who delight in my hurt!

3 Let them turn back because of their shame

    who say, “Aha, Aha!”

4 May all who seek you

    rejoice and be glad in you!

May those who love your salvation

    say evermore, “God is great!”

5 But I am poor and needy;

    hasten to me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer;

    O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 71

1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;

    let me never be put to shame!

2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;

    incline your ear to me, and save me!

3 Be to me a rock of refuge,

    to which I may continually come;

you have given the command to save me,

    for you are my rock and my fortress.

4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,

    from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.

5 For you, O Lord, are my hope,

    my trust, O Lord, from my youth.

6 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;

    you are he who took me from my mother’s womb.

My praise is continually of you.

7 I have been as a portent to many,

    but you are my strong refuge.

8 My mouth is filled with your praise,

    and with your glory all the day.

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;

    forsake me not when my strength is spent.

10 For my enemies speak concerning me;

    those who watch for my life consult together

11 and say, “God has forsaken him;

    pursue and seize him,

    for there is none to deliver him.”

12 O God, be not far from me;

    O my God, make haste to help me!

13 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;

    with scorn and disgrace may they be covered

    who seek my hurt.

14 But I will hope continually

    and will praise you yet more and more.

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,

    of your deeds of salvation all the day,

    for their number is past my knowledge.

16 With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come;

    I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.

17 O God, from my youth you have taught me,

    and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.

18 So even to old age and gray hairs,

    O God, do not forsake me,

until I proclaim your might to another generation,

    your power to all those to come.

19 Your righteousness, O God,

    reaches the high heavens.

You who have done great things,

    O God, who is like you?

20 You who have made me see many troubles and calamities

    will revive me again;

from the depths of the earth

    you will bring me up again.

21 You will increase my greatness

    and comfort me again.

22 I will also praise you with the harp

    for your faithfulness, O my God;

I will sing praises to you with the lyre,

    O Holy One of Israel.

23 My lips will shout for joy,

    when I sing praises to you;

    my soul also, which you have redeemed.

24 And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,

for they have been put to shame and disappointed

    who sought to do me hurt.