Tuesday, July 9, 2013

He is with us

Psalms for the 9th Day
44 45 46 47 48 49
Psalm 45
Royal Wedding song

My heart is stirred by a noble theme:
I address my poem to the King;
my tongue as ready as the pen of a busy scribe.

Of all men You are the most handsome,
Your lips are moist with grace,
for God has blessed You forever.

Hero, strap Your sword to Your side,
in majesty and splendour; on, ride on,
in the cause of truth, religion and virtue!

Stretch the bowstring tight,
lending terror to Your right hand.
Your arrows are sharp; nations lie at Your mercy,
the King's enemies are losing heart.

Your throne, God, shall last for ever and ever,
Your royal sceptre is a sceptre of integrity:
virtue You love as much as You hate wickedness.

This is why God, Your God, has anointed You
with the oil of gladness, above all Your rivals;
myrrh and aloes waft from Your robes.

From palaces of ivory harps entertain You,
daughters of kings are among Your maids of honour;
on Your right stands the Queen, in gold from Ophir.

Listen, Daughter, pay careful attention:
forget your nation and your ancestral home,
then the King will fall in love with your beauty.
He is your Master now, bow down to Him.

The daughter of Tyre will solicit your favour with gifts,
the wealthiest nations, with jewels set in gold.

Dressed in brocades, the King's Daughter
is led in to the King, with bridesmaids in her train.

Her ladies-in-waiting follow
and enter the King's palace to general rejoicing.

Your ancestors will be replaced by sons
whom You will make lords of the whole world.

I shall immortalise Your name,
nations will sing Your praises for ever and ever.

Psalm 46
God is on our side

God is our shelter, our strength,
ever ready to help in time of trouble,
so we shall not be afraid when the earth gives way,
when mountains tumble into the depths of the sea,
and its waters roar and seethe,
the mountains tottering as it heaves.

Yahweh Sabaoth is on our side,
our citadel, the God of Jacob!

There is a river whose streams refresh the City of God,
and it sanctifies the dwelling of the Most High.
God is inside the City, she can never fall,
at crack of dawn, God helps her;
to the roaring of nations and the tottering of kingdoms,
when He shouts, the world desintegrates.

Yahweh Sabaoth is on our side,
our citadel, the God of Jacob!

Come, think of Yahweh's marvels,
the astounding things He has done in the world;
all over the world He puts an end to wars,
He breaks the bow, He snaps the spear,
He gives shields to the flames.
'Pause a while and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted over the earth!'

Yahweh Sabaoth is on our side,
our citadel the God of Jacob!

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