Useful Psalms for these days

Psalm   9

Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)


God’s Power and Justice

To the choirmaster: according to Muthlabben. A Psalm of David.

9 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
      I will tell of all thy wonderful deeds.
  I will be glad and exult in thee,
      I will sing praise to thy name, O Most High.

When my enemies turned back,
      they stumbled and perished before thee.
  For thou hast maintained my just cause;
      thou hast sat on the throne giving righteous   judgment.

Thou hast rebuked the nations, thou hast destroyed the wicked;
      thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.
  The enemy have vanished in everlasting ruins;
      their cities thou hast rooted out;
      the very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord   sits enthroned for ever,
      he has established his throne for judgment;
  and he judges the world with righteousness,
      he judges the peoples with equity.

The Lord is a   stronghold for the oppressed,
      a stronghold in times of trouble.
  10 And those who know thy name put their trust in thee,
      for thou, O Lord,   hast not forsaken those who seek thee.

11 Sing praises to the Lord,   who dwells in Zion!
      Tell among the peoples his deeds!
  12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
      he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.

13 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
      Behold what I suffer from those who hate me,
      O thou who liftest me up from the gates of death,

14 that I may recount all thy praises,
      that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
      I may rejoice in thy deliverance.

15 The nations have sunk in the pit which they made;
      in the net which they hid has their own foot been   caught.
  16 The Lord has   made himself known, he has executed judgment;
      the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.Higgaion.   Selah

17 The wicked shall depart to Sheol,
      all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
      and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord!   Let not man prevail;
      let the nations be judged before thee!
  20 Put them in fear, O Lord!
      Let the nations know that they are but men!Selah



Psalm 10


Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

10 Why dost thou stand afar   off, O Lord?
      Why   dost thou hide thyself in times of trouble?
  In arrogance the   wicked hotly pursue the poor;
      let   them be caught in the schemes which they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of   the desires of his heart,
      and   the man greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord.
  In the pride of   his countenance the wicked does not seek him;
      all   his thoughts are, “There is no God.”

His ways prosper at all   times;
      thy   judgments are on high, out of his sight;
      as   for all his foes, he puffs at them.
  He thinks in his   heart, “I shall not be moved;
      throughout   all generations I shall not meet adversity.”

His mouth is filled with   cursing and deceit and oppression;
      under   his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
  He sits in ambush   in the villages;
      in   hiding places he murders the innocent.

His   eyes stealthily watch for the hapless,
      he   lurks in secret like a lion in his covert;
  he lurks that he may seize the poor,
      he   seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

10 The hapless is crushed,   sinks down,
      and   falls by his might.
  11 He thinks in his   heart, “God has forgotten,
      he   has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up thy hand;
      forget   not the afflicted.
  13 Why does the   wicked renounce God,
      and   say in his heart, “Thou wilt not call to account”?

14 Thou   dost see; yea, thou dost note trouble and vexation,
      that   thou mayst take it into thy hands;
  the hapless commits himself to thee;
      thou   hast been the helper of the fatherless.

15 Break thou the arm of   the wicked and evildoer;
      seek   out his wickedness till thou find none.
  16 The Lord is king for ever and ever;
      the   nations shall perish from his land.

17 O Lord, thou wilt hear the desire of the meek;
      thou   wilt strengthen their heart, thou wilt incline thy ear
  18 to do justice to   the fatherless and the oppressed,
      so   that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.