9.19.2004

Selah

for Joshua Corey

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God.
I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.
Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.
O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity,
and seek after leasing?
Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth,
and lay mine honour in the dust.
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of
his own hands. Higgaion.
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men.
Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice;
Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips.
This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought
of summer.
I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess
my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about
with songs of deliverance.
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee:
verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.
When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away
like a moth: surely every man is vanity.
In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling
thereof.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved.
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God:
God will establish it for ever.
This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings.
But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me.
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.
Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness.
God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy
dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living.
For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God
before them.
Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.
God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old.
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up.
They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit
before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves.
Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen:
be not merciful to any wicked transgressors.
Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God
ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth.
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth.
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.
They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their
mouth, but they curse inwardly.
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.
All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.
He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt
themselves.
I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks
with goats.
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern
the nations upon earth.
O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the
wilderness;
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.
Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord;
The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it.
There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle.
When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth.
I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed.
Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?
Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder:
I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?
Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.
O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob.
Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin.
Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God.
The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there.
Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves.
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee?
Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.
It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.
The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame.
What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand
of the grave?
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips.
The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside;
they have set gins for me.
Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt
themselves.
I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.