|Praying the Psalms when you want God's
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that
I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of
the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in
his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a
rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle
will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you,
Seek his face! Your face, Lord, I will seek.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in
the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.
Surely he will save you from the fowlers snare and from the deadly
pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the
plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your
right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see
the punishment of the wicked.
If you make the Most High your dwelling even the Lord, who is my refuge
then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command
his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their
hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion
and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him; I will
protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I
will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will
I satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Bible extracts reproduced from The New
International Version - Anglicised, (London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.) 1984.