The LORD The Strength of His People

A Song of Ascents.

1 Those who trust in the LORD
Are like Mount Zion,
Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the LORD surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.

  • Lord, I trust in You!
  • You are my Rock, my High Peak where I can hide.
  • You are immovable and steadfast. Keep me, Lord, in Your fortress of safety.
  • Build a wall of protection around me and protect me from now on and forever.
  • I am weak, but Your strength will protect me from harm.

3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
On the land allotted to the righteous,
Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.

  • There is great evil in the world, and my enemies constantly seek to trick me or even destroy me.
  • Help me and give me strength, so that I do not fall prey to their traps and temptations.
  • You are my inheritance and my future. Make both of them great and for my good.
  • I need what You have to give me. I long for Your blessings.

4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
And to those who are upright in their hearts.

5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways,
The LORD shall lead them away
With the workers of iniquity.

Peace be upon Israel!

  • Lord, bless all of Your people who are faithful and contrite.
  • Do good to us and make us holy. You are our God and the object of our desire.
  • Let the evil be turned to their own wicked paths. Let them earn the punishment they pursue.
  • Let them be numbered with the guilty, judged by God.
  • Let peace fall on those who seek Your face.
  • Let Your people live at rest in You. There is no one like You, O LORD!

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