Friday, February 8, 2013

Another Beatitude Psalm - Psalm 41

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Victory in Spite of Betrayal

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm. 
Happy is one who cares for the poor; 
the Lord will save him in a day of adversity. 
The Lord will keep him and preserve him; 
he will be blessed in the land. 
You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed; 
You will heal him on the bed where he lies. 
I said, “Lord, be gracious to me; 
heal me, for I have sinned against You.” 
My enemies speak maliciously about me: 
“When will he die and be forgotten?” 
When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; 
he stores up evil in his heart; 
he goes out and talks. 
All who hate me whisper together about me; 
they plan to harm me. 
“Lethal poison has been poured into him, 
and he won’t rise again from where he lies!” 
Even my friend  in whom I trusted, 
one who ate my bread, 
has raised his heel against me. 
10 But You, Lord, be gracious to me and raise me up; 
then I will repay them. 
11 By this I know that You delight in me: 
my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. 
12 You supported me because of my integrity 
and set me in Your presence forever. 
13 May Yahweh, the God of Israel, be praised 
from everlasting to everlasting. 

Amen and amen. 

Psalm 41 is the final song in the first book of the psalms.  This psalm begins with  a beatitude and ands with a doxology. Remember the "Amen and amen" ends the book within the book of Psalms.

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