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Meditations in the Psalms English

Meditations in the Psalms English

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“JOY” Meditations in the Psalms
has been written forANYONE to use in daily devotions. Meditate upon thePsalms. Memorize them. Learn them so well by heart thatthey will come to your mind to help you in time of NEED. Itis good to get alone with God and talk to Him in prayer. It isalso good to be quiet before Him and let Him talk to you.Many of the Psalms express not only praise to God butalso prayers of the heart. As you read them, take a pencil orpen and draw a line under the words that help you to pray.Then TAKE THOSE WORDS and MAKE THEM THE PRAY-ERS OF YOUR HEART. Pray earnestly to God and HeWILLHEAR YOU.Below are a few Scripture verses showing you how topray.
HOW TO PRAY
1.
Pray to God first thing in the morning, at noon, in theevening, or at ANYTIME.
“My voice You shall hear in themorning, O L
ORD
; in the morning I will direct it to You,and I will look up”
(Psalm 5:3)
.
“Evening and morningand at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hearmy voice
(Psalm 55:17).
2.
We are to wait upon the Lord and listen to Him speaking toour hearts. This will give us strength to be overcomers.
“Waiton theL
ORD
; be of good courage, and He shall strength
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(continued on inside back cover)
Copyright
 © 
1966 by Mrs. Rose A. Goodman, Th.B., Author
FOREWORD
A. Ablessing from the Lord is upon the person who neitherfollows the advice of wicked people nor goes with them to dosins with them.
Blessed is the man thatwalketh not in the counsel of theungodly, norstandeth in the wayof sinners, norsitteth in the seatof the scornful. But his delight isin the law of the LORD; and inhis law doth he meditate day andnight. And he shall be like a treeplanted by the rivers of water,that bringeth forth his fruit in hisseason; his leaf also shall notwither; and whatsoeverhe doethshall prosper. The ungodly are notso: but are like the chaff which thewind driveth away. Therefore theungodly shall not stand in the judgment, norsinners in the con-gregation of the righteous. FortheLORD knoweth the way of therighteous: but the way of theungodly shall perish.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
PSALM 1. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKEDCONTRASTED
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LORD, how are they increasedthat trouble me! many are theythat rise up against me. Manythere be which say of my soul,There is no help forhim in God.Selah. But thou, O LORD, art ashield forme; my glory, and thelifterup of mine head. I criedunto the LORD with my voice,and he heard me out of his holyhill. Selah. I laid me down andslept; I awaked; forthe LORDsustained me. I will not be afraidoften thousands of people, thathave set themselves against meround about. Arise, O LORD;save me, O my God: forthouhast smitten all mine enemiesupon the cheek bone; thou hastbroken the teeth of the ungodly.Salvation belongeth unto theLORD: thy blessing is upon thypeople. Selah.
PSALM 3. APRAYER FOR PROTECTION
B. Agood person or righteous person loves to do the willof God. He delights in pleasing God; he likes to think of waysin which he can please God at all times.C. Atree that is well taken care of and gets lots of wateralways bears lots of good fruit and is a joy to the owner of it.Arighteous person is like this tree. He also brings joy to theLord and is a blessing to the people around him.D. The Lord knows everyone who is living a righteous lifeand will watch over them, but the wicked people will be lost.They will perish.
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“...safety is of the LORD.” — Proverbs 21:31
PSALM 4. AN EVENING PRAYERPSALM 5. AMORNING PRAYER FOR PROTECTION
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Give earto my words, OLORD, considermy meditation.Hearken unto the voice of mycry, my King, and my God: forunto thee will I pray. My voiceshalt thou hearin the morning,O LORD; in the morning will Idirect my prayerunto thee, andwill look up. Forthou art not aGod that hath pleasure in wick-edness: neithershall evil dwellwith thee. The foolish shall notstand in thy sight: thou hatest allworkers of iniquity. Thou shaltdestroy them that speak leasing:the LORD will abhorthe bloodyand deceitful man. But as forme,I will come into thy house in theHearme when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hastenlarged me when I was in dis-tress; have mercy upon me, andhearmy prayer. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn myglory into shame? how long willye love vanity, and seek afterleasing? Selah. But know that theLORD hath set apart him that isgodly forhimself: the LORD willhearwhen I call unto him. Standin awe, and sin not: communewith yourown heart upon yourbed, and be still. Selah. Offerthesacrifices of righteousness, andput yourtrust in the LORD.There be many that say, Who willshew us any good? LORD, liftthou up the light of thy counte-nance upon us. Thou hast putgladness in my heart, more thanin the time that theircorn andtheirwine increased. I will bothlay me down in peace, and sleep:forthou, LORD, only makest medwell in safety.
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multitude of thy mercy: and inthy fearwill I worship toward
thy holy temple. Lead me, OLORD, in thy righteousnessbecause of mine enemies; makethy way straight before my face.Forthere is no faithfulness intheirmouth; theirinward part isvery wickedness; theirthroat isan open sepulchre; they flatterwith theirtongue. Destroy thouthem, O God; let them fall bytheirown counsels; cast them outin the multitude of theirtrans-gressions; forthey have rebelledagainst thee. But let all those thatput theirtrust in thee rejoice: letthem evershout forjoy, becausethou defendest them: let themalso that love thy name be joyfulin thee. Forthou, LORD, wiltbless the righteous; with favourwilt thou compass him as with ashield.
PSALM 7. APRAYER FOR GOD’S JUDGMENT
(Psalm 7:9-17)
Oh let the wickedness of thewicked come to an end; butestablish the just; forthe righ-teous God trieth the hearts andreins. My defence is of God,which saveth the upright in heart.God judgeth the righteous, andGod is angry with the wickedevery day. If he turn not, he willwhet his sword; he hath bent hisbow, and made it ready. He hathalso prepared forhim the instru-ments of death; he ordaineth his
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God wants us to turn from our sins. Isaiah 55, verse 7,says, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteousman his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and hewill have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abun-dantly pardon.” Ezekiel 18:20-23— “The soul that sinneth, itshall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father,neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righ-teousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and thewickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. But if thewicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, andkeep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right,he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressionsthat he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned untohim: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saiththe Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways,and live?”
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arrows against the persecutors.Behold, he travaileth with iniqui-ty, and hath conceived mischief,and brought forth falsehood. Hemade a pit, and digged it, and isfallen into the ditch which hemade. His mischief shall returnupon his own head, and his vio-lent dealing shall come downupon his own pate. I will praisethe LORD according to his righ-teousness: and will sing praise tothe name of the LORD most high.
O LORD ourLord, how excel-lent is thy name in all the earth!who hast set thy glory above theheavens. Out of the mouth of 
PSALM 8. WHYGOD MADE US AND OUR PLACE INCREATION
 
PSALM 9. ASONG OF PRAISE TO GOD FOR HISJUDGMENT
babes and sucklings hast thouordained strength because of thine enemies that thou mighteststill the enemy and the avenger.When I considerthy heavens, thework of thy fingers, the moonand the stars, which thou hast or-dained; What is man, that thouart mindful of him? and the sonof man, that thou visitest him?Forthou hast made him a littlelowerthan the angels, and hastcrowned him with glory and hon-our. Thou madest him to havedominion overthe works of thyhands; thou hast put all thingsunderhis feet: All sheep andoxen, yea, and the beasts of thefield; The fowl of the air, and thefish of the sea, and whatsoeverpasseth through the paths of theseas. O LORD ourLord, howexcellent is thy name in all theearth!
(Psalm 9:1-3, 7-18)
I will praise thee, O LORD,with my whole heart; I will shewforth all thy marvellous works. Iwill be glad and rejoice in thee: Iwill sing praise to thy name, Othou most High. When mine en-emies are turned back, they shallfall and perish at thy presence...But the LORD shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throneforjudgment. And he shall judgethe world in righteousness, heshall ministerjudgment to thepeople in uprightness. The LORDalso will be a refuge fortheoppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thyname will put theirtrust in thee:forthou, LORD, hast not forsak-en them that seek thee. Singpraises to the LORD, whichdwelleth in Zion: declare amongthe people his doings. When hemaketh inquisition forblood, heremembereth them: he forgettethnot the cry of the humble. Havemercy upon me, O LORD; con-
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PSALM 12. WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT SPEAKINGPROUD AND VAIN WORDS
Help, LORD; forthe godlymanceaseth; forthe faithful failfrom among the children of men.They speak vanity every one withhis neighbour: with flattering lipsand with a double heart do theyspeak. The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tonguethat speaketh proud things: Whohave said, With ourtongue willwe prevail; ourlips are ourown:who is lord overus? Fortheoppression of the poor, forthesighing of the needy, now will Iarise, saith the LORD; I will sethim in safety from him thatpuffeth at him. The words of theLORD are pure words: as silvertried in a furnace of earth, purifiedseven times. Thou shalt keep them,O LORD, thou shalt preservethem from this generation forever.The wicked walk on every side,when the vilest men are exalted.
No matter how poor we may be, if our heart is right with God,He will remember us and give us a home in heaven. Psalm 140,verses 12 and 13: “I know that the LORD will maintain thecause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Surely the righ-teous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell inthy presence.”
sidermy trouble which I sufferof them that hate me, thou thatliftest me up from the gates of death: That I may shew forth allthy praise in the gates of thedaughterof Zion: I will rejoice inthy salvation. The heathen aresunk down in the pit that theymade: in the net which they hid istheirown foot taken. The LORDis known by the judgment whichhe executeth: the wicked issnared in the work of his ownhands... Selah. The wicked shallbe turned into hell, and all thenations that forget God. Fortheneedy shall not alway be forgot-ten: the expectation of the poorshall not perish forever.
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
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The tongue is a little member of our body but capable ofgreat and terrible things. Read James, chapter three, below:“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shallreceive the greater condemnation. For in many things weoffend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a per-fect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, weput bits in the horses’mouths, that they may obey us; andwe turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, whichthough they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yetare they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoev-er the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little mem-ber, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a mattera little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of ini-quity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileththe whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; andit is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birdsand of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hathbeen tamed of mankind: but the tongue can no man tame;it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless weGod, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, whichare made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouthproceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these thingsought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the sameplace sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren,bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountainboth yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man andendued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of agood conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. Butif ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not,and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth notfrom above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For whereenvying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peace-able, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy andgood fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And thefruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that makepeace.”
God is able
to give us Grace over the tongue. ReadJames 4:6-8 and 10-15:“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God re-sisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submityourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he willflee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh toyou. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts,ye double minded... Humble yourselves in the sight of theLord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another,brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgethhis brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: butif thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and todestroy: who art thou that judgest another? Go to now, yethat say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, andcontinue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. Forwhat is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a lit-tle time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say,If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

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