Prayerful focus

Psalms 33

verse 1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.

verse 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

verse 3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

verse 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

verse 5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

verse 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

verse 7  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[fn]; he puts the deep into storehouses. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[fn]; he puts the deep into storehouses.

verse 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. verse

9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

verse 10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. 

verse 11  But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.   

verse 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

verse 13 From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

verse 14   from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—

verse 15  he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

verse  16    No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.   

verse 17       A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

verse 18   But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, 

verse 19   to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

verse 20  We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

verse 21     In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

verse 22  May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

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