Saturday, June 28, 2008


Thanksgiving for the King

Psalm 21


1LORD, the king rejoices because of your strength;

he is so happy when you save him!

2You gave the king what he wanted

and did not refuse what he asked for.


3You put good things before him

and placed a gold crown on his head.

4He asked you for life,

and you gave it to him,

so his years go on and on.

5He has great glory because you gave him victories;

you gave him honor and praise.

6You always gave him blessings;

you made him glad because you were with him.

7The king truly trusts the LORD.

Because God Most High always loves him,

he will not be overwhelmed.

8Your hand is against all your enemies;

those who hate you will feel your power.

9When you appear,

you will burn them as in a furnace.

In your anger you will swallow them up,

and fire will burn them up.

10You will destroy their families from the earth;

their children will not live.

11They made evil plans against you,

but their traps won’t work.

12You will make them turn their backs

when you aim your arrows at them.

13Be supreme, LORD, in your power.

We sing and praise your greatness.

Title: The Holy Bible, New Century Version

The God Who Always Wins

Psalm 76


1People in Judah know God;

his fame is great in Israel.

2His Tent is in Jerusalem;

his home is on Mount Zion.

3There God broke the flaming arrows,

the shields, the swords, and the weapons of war.


4God, how wonderful you are!

You are more splendid than the hills full of animals.

5The brave soldiers were stripped

as they lay asleep in death.

Not one warrior

had the strength to stop it.

6God of Jacob, when you spoke strongly,

horses and riders fell dead.

7You are feared;

no one can stand against you when you are angry.

8From heaven you gave the decision,

and the earth was afraid and silent.

9God, you stood up to judge

and to save the needy people of the earth.


10People praise you for your anger against evil.

Those who live through your anger are stopped from doing more evil.

11Make and keep your promises to the LORD your God.

From all around, gifts should come to the God we worship.

12God breaks the spirits of great leaders;

the kings on earth fear him.

Title: The Holy Bible, New Century Version

A Prayer for Victory

Psalm 144


1Praise the LORD, my Rock,

who trains me for war,

who trains me for battle.

2He protects me like a strong, walled city, and he loves me.

He is my defender and my Savior,

my shield and my protection.

He helps me keep my people under control.

3LORD, why are people important to you?

Why do you even think about human beings?

4People are like a breath;

their lives are like passing shadows.

5LORD, tear open the sky and come down.

Touch the mountains so they will smoke.

6Send the lightning and scatter my enemies.

Shoot your arrows and force them away.

7Reach down from above.

Save me and rescue me out of this sea of enemies,

from these foreigners.

8They are liars;

they are dishonest.

9God, I will sing a new song to you;

I will play to you on the ten-stringed harp.

10You give victory to kings.

You save your servant David from cruel swords.

11Save me, rescue me from these foreigners.

They are liars; they are dishonest.

12Let our sons in their youth

grow like plants.

Let our daughters be

like the decorated stones in the Temple.

13Let our barns be filled

with crops of all kinds.

Let our sheep in the fields have

thousands and tens of thousands of lambs.

14Let our cattle be strong.

Let no one break in.

Let there be no war,

no screams in our streets.

15Happy are those who are like this;

happy are the people whose God is the LORD.

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