Praying the Psalms

Archive for October, 2011

Tehillim/Psalms 119.165


Great peace have those who love Your law;

nothing can make them stumbles.

Tehillim/Psalms 119.165

Tehillim/Psalms 102.25-29

I say, “O my G-d, do not take me away in the midst of my days,

You whose years go on for generations on end.

Of old You established the earth;

the heavens are the work of Your hands.

They shall perish, but You shall endure;

they shall all wear out like a garment;

You change them like clothing and they pass away.

But You are the same, and Your years never end.

May the children of Your servants dwell securely

and their offspring endure in Your Presence.”

Tehillim/Psalms 102.25-19

Tehillim/Psalms 78.15-16

He split rocks in the wilderness

and gave them drink as if from the great deep.

He brought forth streams from a rock

and made them flow down like a river.

Tehillim/Psalms 78.15-16

Vayikra/Leviticus 23.33-36, 39-44

The Lord spoke to Moses saying: Say to the Israelite people:

On the fifteenth day of this seventh month there shall be the Feast of Booths to the Lord, to last seven days. The first day shall be a sacred occasion: you shall not work at your occupations; seven days you shall bring offerings by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall observe a sacred occasion and bring an offering by fire to the Lord; it is a solemn gathering: you shall not work at your occupations.

Mark on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the yield of your land, you shall observe the festival of the Lord to last seven days: a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day. On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. You shall observe it as a festival of the Lord for seven days in the year; you shall observe it in the seventh month as a law for all time, throughout the ages. You shall live in booths seven days; all citizens in Israel shall live in booths, in order that future generations may know that I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I  the Lord your God.

So Moses declared to the Israelites the set times of the Lord.

Tehillim/Psalms 143.4-11


My spirit failed within me;

my mind was numbed with horror.

Then I thought of the days of old;

I rehearsed all Your deeds,

recounted the work of Your hands.

I stretched out my hands to You,

longing for You like thirsty earth.  Selah.

Answer me quickly, O Lord;

my spirit can endure no more.

Do not hide your face from me,

or I shall become like those who descend into the Pit.

Let me learn of Your faithfulness by daybreak,

for in You I trust;

let me know the road I must take,

for on You I have set my hope.

Save me from my foes, O Lord;

to You I look for cover.

Teach me to do Your will,

for You are my God.

Let Your gracious spirit lead me on level ground.

For the sake of Your name, O Lord, preserve me;

as You are beneficent, free me from distress.

Tehillim/Psalms 143.4-11

Tehillim/Psalms 40.17

But let all who seek You be glad and rejoice in You;
let those who are eager for Your deliverance always say
“Extolled be the Lord!”
Tehillim/Psalms 40.17

Tehillim/Psalms 9.2-3


I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell all Your wonders.

I will rejoice and exult in You,

singing a hymn to Your name, O Most High.

Tehillim/Psalms 9.2-3

Tehillim/Psalms 71.17-18

You have let me experience [Your beneficence], G-d, from my youth;

until now I have proclaimed Your wondrous deeds,

and even in hoary old age do not forsake me, G-d,

until I proclaim Your strength to the next generation,

Your mighty acts, to all who are to come. . .

Tehillim/Psalms 71.17-18

Tehillim/Psalms 19.8-15 ~ A Song for the New Year


The teaching of the Lord is perfect, renewing life;

the decrees of the Lord are enduring, making the simple wise;

The precepts of the Lord are just, rejoicing the heart;

the instruction of the Lord is lucid, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the Lord is pure, abiding forever;

the judgements of the Lord are true, righteous altogether,

more desirable than gold, than much fine gold;

sweeter than honey, than drippings of the comb.

Your servant pays them heed; in obeying them there is much reward.

Who can be aware of errors?

Clear me of unperceived guilt, and from willful sins keep Your servant;

let them not dominate me;

then shall I be blameless and clear of grave offense.

May the words of my mouth

and the prayer of my heart

be acceptable to You,

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Tehillim/Psalms 19.8-15