1 Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the
2 Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him with all their
3 They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.
4 You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
5 Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles!
6 Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your
7 When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as I
8 I will obey your principles. Please don't give up on me!
9 How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word and following its
10 I have tried my best to find you- don't let me wander from your
11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against
12 Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your principles.
13 I have recited aloud all the laws you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your decrees as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your principles and not forget your word.
17 Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word.
18 Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law.
19 I am but a foreigner here on earth; I need the guidance of your commands.
Don't hide them from me!
20 I am overwhelmed continually with a desire for your laws.
21 You rebuke those cursed proud ones who wander from your commands.
22 Don't let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your decrees.
23 Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on your
24 Your decrees please me; they give me wise advice.
25 I lie in the dust, completely discouraged; revive me by your word.
26 I told you my plans, and you answered. Now teach me your principles.
27 Help me understand the meaning of your commandments, and I will meditate
on your wonderful miracles.
28 I weep with grief; encourage me by your word.
29 Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your
30 I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your laws.
31 I cling to your decrees. Lord, don't let me be put to shame!
32 If you will help me, I will run to follow your commands.
33 Teach me, O Lord, to follow every one of your principles.
34 Give me understanding and I will obey your law; I will put it into
practice with all my heart.
35 Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my
happiness is found.
36 Give me an eagerness for your decrees; do not inflict me with love for
37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.
38 Reassure me of your promise, which is for those who honor you.
39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; your laws are all I want in life.
40 I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.
41 Lord, give to me your unfailing love, the salvation that you promised
42 Then I will have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in your
43 Do not snatch your word of truth from me, for my only hope is in your
44 I will keep on obeying your law forever and forever.
45 I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your
46 I will speak to kings about your decrees, and I will not be ashamed.
47 How I delight in your commands! How I love them!
48 I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your principles.
49 Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope.
50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.
51 The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn away from your
52 I meditate on your age-old laws; O Lord, they comfort me.
53 I am furious with the wicked, those who reject your law.
54 Your principles have been the music of my life throughout the years of my
55 I reflect at night on who you are, O Lord, and I obey your law because of
56 This is my happy way of life: obeying your commandments.
57 Lord, you are mine! I promise to obey your words!
58 With all my heart I want your blessings. Be merciful just as you
59 I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your
60 I will hurry, without lingering, to obey your commands.
61 Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to your
62 At midnight I rise to thank you for your just laws.
63 Anyone who fears you is my friend- anyone who obeys your
64 O Lord, the earth is full of your unfailing love; teach me your
65 You have done many good things for me, Lord, just as you promised.
66 I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge.
67 I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow
68 You are good and do only good; teach me your principles.
69 Arrogant people have made up lies about me, but in truth I obey your
commandments with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are dull and stupid, but I delight in your law.
71 The suffering you sent was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention
to your principles.
72 Your law is more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver!
73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your
74 May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope
in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your decisions are fair; you disciplined me because
I needed it.
76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your
77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your law is my
78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I
will concentrate on your commandments.
79 Let me be reconciled with all who fear you and know your decrees.
80 May I be blameless in keeping your principles; then I will never have to
81 I faint with longing for your salvation; but I have put my hope in your
82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you
83 I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, exhausted with waiting. But
I cling to your principles and obey them.
84 How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me?
85 These arrogant people who hate your law have dug deep pits for me to fall
86 All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down
87 They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your
88 In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your
89 Forever, O Lord, your word stands firm in heaven.
90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth
91 Your laws remain true today, for everything serves your plans.
92 If your law hadn't sustained me with joy, I would have died in my
93 I will never forget your commandments, for you have used them to restore
my joy and health.
94 I am yours; save me! For I have applied myself to obey your
95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my
mind on your decrees.
96 Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.
97 Oh, how I love your law! I think about it all day long.
98 Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for your commands are my
99 Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of
100 I am even wiser than my elders, for I have kept your commandments.
101 I have refused to walk on any path of evil, that I may remain obedient
to your word.
102 I haven't turned away from your laws, for you have taught me well.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey.
104 Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false
way of life.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.
106 I've promised it once, and I'll promise again: I will obey your
107 I have suffered much, O Lord; restore my life again, just as you
108 Lord, accept my grateful thanks and teach me your laws.
109 My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying
110 The wicked have set their traps for me along your path, but I will not
turn from your commandments.
111 Your decrees are my treasure; they are truly my heart's delight.
112 I am determined to keep your principles, even forever, to the very
113 I hate those who are undecided about you, but my choice is clear-I love
114 You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my only source of
115 Get out of my life, you evil-minded people, for I intend to obey the
commands of my God.
116 Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live! Do not let my hope be
117 Sustain me, and I will be saved; then I will meditate on your principles
118 But you have rejected all who stray from your principles. They are only
119 All the wicked of the earth are the scum you skim off; no wonder I love
to obey your decrees! 120 I tremble in fear of you; I fear your
121 Don't leave me to the mercy of my enemies, for I have done what is just
122 Please guarantee a blessing for me. Don't let those who are arrogant
123 My eyes strain to see your deliverance, to see the truth of your promise
124 I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love, and teach me your
125 Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your
126 Lord, it is time for you to act, for these evil people have broken your
127 Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.
128 Truly, each of your commandments is right. That is why I hate every
129 Your decrees are wonderful. No wonder I obey them!
130 As your words are taught, they give light; even the simple can
131 I open my mouth, panting expectantly, longing for your commands.
132 Come and show me your mercy, as you do for all who love your name.
133 Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by any evil.
134 Rescue me from the oppression of evil people; then I can obey your
135 Look down on me with love; teach me all your principles.
136 Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your law.
137 O Lord, you are righteous, and your decisions are fair.
138 Your decrees are perfect; they are entirely worthy of our trust.
139 I am overwhelmed with rage, for my enemies have disregarded your
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested; that is why I love them so
141 I am insignificant and despised, but I don't forget your
142 Your justice is eternal, and your law is perfectly true.
143 As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.
144 Your decrees are always fair; help me to understand them, that I may
145 I pray with all my heart; answer me, Lord! I will obey your
146 I cry out to you; save me, that I may obey your decrees.
147 I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope
in your words.
148 I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise.
149 In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry; in your justice, save my
150 Those lawless people are coming near to attack me; they live far from
151 But you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true.
152 I have known from my earliest days that your decrees never change.
153 Look down upon my sorrows and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your
154 Argue my case; take my side! Protect my life as you promised.
155 The wicked are far from salvation, for they do not bother with your
156 Lord, how great is your mercy; in your justice, give me back my
157 Many persecute and trouble me, yet I have not swerved from your
158 I hate these traitors because they care nothing for your word.
159 See how I love your commandments, Lord. Give back my life because of
your unfailing love.
160 All your words are true; all your just laws will stand forever.
161 Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at
162 I rejoice in your word like one who finds a great treasure.
163 I hate and abhor all falsehood, but I love your law.
164 I will praise you seven times a day because all your laws are just.
165 Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble.
166 I long for your salvation, Lord, so I have obeyed your commands.
167 I have obeyed your decrees, and I love them very much.
168 Yes, I obey your commandments and decrees, because you know everything I
169 O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.
170 Listen to my prayer; rescue me as you promised.
171 Let my lips burst forth with praise, for you have taught me your
172 Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right.
173 Stand ready to help me, for I have chosen to follow your
174 O Lord, I have longed for your salvation, and your law is my
175 Let me live so I can praise you, and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not
forgotten your commands.
Psalm 45 For the choir director:
A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be sung to the tune
"Lilies." A love song.
1 My heart overflows with a beautiful thought! I will recite
a lovely poem to the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful
2 You are the most handsome of all. Gracious words stream from your lips.
God himself has blessed you forever.
3 Put on your sword, O mighty warrior! You are so glorious, so majestic!
4 In your majesty, ride out to victory, defending truth, humility, and
justice. Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!
5 Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies' hearts. The nations fall
before you, lying down beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. Your royal power is
expressed in justice.
7 You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore God, your God,
has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone
8 Your robes are perfumed with myrrh, aloes, and cassia. In palaces
decorated with ivory, you are entertained by the music of harps.
9 Kings' daughters are among your concubines. At your right side stands the
queen, wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!
10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say. Forget your
people and your homeland far away.
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your
12 The princes of Tyre will shower you with gifts. People of great wealth
will entreat your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, waits within her chamber, dressed in a gown woven
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her
15 What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's
16 Your sons will become kings like their father. You will make them rulers
over many lands.
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation. Therefore, the
nations will praise you forever and ever.