uplifting thoughts and inspiration on faith
Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord forever; with my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness from generation to generation.
I will sing of the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord forever;
with my mouth will I make known
Your faithfulness from generation to generation.
For I have said, Mercy and loving-kindness shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness will You establish in the very heavens
[unchangeable and perpetual].
[You have said] I have made a covenant with My chosen one,
I have sworn to David My servant,
Your Seed I will establish forever, and I will build up your throne for all generations.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Let heaven (the angels) praise Your wonders, O Lord,
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones (the holy angels).
For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the mighty [heavenly beings] can be likened to the Lord,
A God greatly feared and revered in the council of the holy (angelic) ones,
and to be feared and worshipfully revered
above all those who are round about Him?
O Lord God of hosts, who is a mighty one like unto You, O Lord?
And Your faithfulness is round about You
[an essential part of You at all times].
You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves arise, You still them.
You have broken Rahab (Egypt) in pieces;
with Your mighty arm You have scattered Your enemies.
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
the world and all that is in it, You have founded them.
The north and the south, You have created them;
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon joyously praise Your name.
You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, Your right hand is soaring high.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
mercy and loving-kindness and truth go before Your face.
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied)
are the people who know the joyful sound
[who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the
feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance!
In Your name they rejoice all the day,
and in Your righteousness they are exalted.
For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment],
and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces!
For our shield belongs to the Lord, and our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Once You spoke in a vision to Your devoted ones and said,
I have endowed one who is mighty [a hero, giving him the power to help—
to be a champion for Israel];
I have exalted one chosen from among the people.
I have found David My servant; with My holy oil have I anointed him,
With whom My hand shall be established and ever abide;
My arm also shall strengthen him.
The enemy shall not exact from him or do him violence or outwit him,
nor shall the wicked afflict and humble him.
I will beat down his foes before his face and smite those who hate him.
My faithfulness and My mercy and loving-kindness shall be with him,
and in My name shall his horn be exalted
[great power and prosperity shall be conferred upon him].
I will set his hand in control also on the [Mediterranean] Sea,
and his right hand on the rivers [Euphrates with its tributaries].
He shall cry to Me, You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation!
Also I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
My mercy and loving-kindness will I keep for him forevermore,
and My covenant shall stand fast and be faithful with him.
His Offspring also will I make to endure forever,
and his throne as the days of heaven.
If his children forsake My law and walk not in My ordinances,
If they break or profane My statutes and keep not My commandments,
Then will I punish their transgression with the rod [of chastisement],
and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, My loving-kindness will
I not break off from him, nor allow My faithfulness to fail
[to lie and be false to him].
My covenant will I not break or profane,
nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips.
Once [for all] have I sworn by My holiness, which cannot be violated;
I will not lie to David: His Offspring shall endure forever,
and his throne [shall continue] as the sun before Me.
It shall be established forever as the moon, the faithful witness in the heavens.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.
Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my keen and firm Strength,
Who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight—
My Steadfast Love and my Fortress, my High Tower and my Deliverer,
my Shield and He in Whom I trust and take refuge,
Who subdues my people under me.
Lord, what is man that You take notice of him?
Or [the] son of man that You take account of him?
Man is like vanity and a breath;
his days are as a shadow that passes away.
Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Cast forth lightning and scatter [my enemies];
send out Your arrows and embarrass and frustrate them.
Stretch forth Your hand from above;
rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,
from the hands of hostile aliens (tribes around us)
Whose mouths speak deceit and whose right hands
are right hands [raised in taking] fraudulent oaths.
I will sing a new song to You, O God;
upon a harp, an instrument of ten strings,
will I offer praises to You.
You are He Who gives salvation to kings,
Who rescues David His servant from the hurtful sword [of evil].
Rescue me and deliver me out of the power of [hostile] alien [tribes]
whose mouths speak deceit and whose right hands are right hands
[raised in taking] fraudulent oaths.
When our sons shall be as plants grown large in their youth
and our daughters as sculptured corner pillars hewn like those of a palace;
When our garners are full, affording all manner of store,
and our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our pastures;
When our oxen are well loaded; when there is no invasion [of hostile armies]
and no going forth [against besiegers—when there is no murder or manslaughter]
and no outcry in our streets;
Happy and blessed are the people who are in such a case;
yes, happy (blessed, fortunate, prosperous, to be envied)
are the people whose God is the Lord!
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly,
And said, I cried out of my distress to the Lord, and He heard me;
out of the belly of Sheol cried I, and You heard my voice.
For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas,
and the floods surrounded me; all Your waves and Your billows passed over me.
Then I said, I have been cast out of Your presence and Your sight;
yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.
The waters compassed me about, even to [the extinction of] life;
the abyss surrounded me, the seaweed was wrapped about my head.
I went down to the bottoms and the very roots of the mountains;
the earth with its bars closed behind me forever.
Yet You have brought up my life from the pit
and corruption, O Lord my God.
When my soul fainted upon me [crushing me],
I earnestly and seriously remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple.
Those who pay regard to false, useless, and worthless idols
forsake their own [Source of] mercy and loving-kindness.
But as for me, I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay that which I have vowed.
Salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord!
And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
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