Psalm 11

Go to God for protection: ‘In the LORD I take refuge’ (verse 1a).

Ignore any who suggest otherwise: ‘how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain, for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?...

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Psalm 10

Bring your hard questions to God: ‘Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?’ (verse 10.

Describe the problem to God: In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and...

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Psalm 9

Praise God by speaking to him about his actions: ‘I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High’ (verses 1-2).

Imitate David who thanked God for incredible victories: ‘When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish b...

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Psalm 8

Think of the greatness of our Creator: ‘O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens’ (verse 1).

Thank God for using children to further his kingdom: ‘Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger’ (verse 2).

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Psalm 7

Thank God he is our refuge from those who oppose us: ‘O LORD my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver’ (verses 1-2).

Confess the possibility that we have done wrong: ‘O LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my h...

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Psalm 6

Ask God for mercy when things are tough: ‘O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath’ (verse 1). Or pray for someone you know who is facing problems.

Pray for spiritual comfort when physically tried: ‘Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly t...

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Psalm 5

Sometimes all we can do in prayer is groan: ‘Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning’ (verse 1).

When that happens, remind yourself who God is: ‘Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray’ (verse 2).

As you pray, resolve to look for an answer: ‘O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I...

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Psalm 4

When we pray, we should use the small word ‘O’: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! (verse 1).

Use past experiences to expect blessing from God today: ‘You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!’ (verse 1).

We can address those who oppose us when we pray to God and mention their pointless...

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Psalm 3

Thank God we can tell him what opponents of his kingdom are saying about his care for us. 'O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, 'There is no salvation for him in God.' Selah (verses 1 and 2).

Think about how God protects his people in a personal manner and how he can give to them a positive outlook. '...

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Psalm 2

Remember people don’t like the Father or Jesus: ‘Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” Ask God to change the hearts of many people.


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Psalm 1

Keep me from the ideas and paths of the wicked: ‘Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.’

Enable me to think about the Bible: ‘but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.’

Grant that I would provide spiritual shelter...

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