Why do the nations plan rebellion?
Why do people make their useless plots?
2Their kings revolt,
their rulers plot together against the LORD
and against the king he chose.
3“Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say;
“let us throw off their control.”
4From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs
and mocks their feeble plans.
5Then he warns them in anger
and terrifies them with his fury.
6“On Zion,2.6 Zion: See Zion in Word List. my sacred hill,” he says,
“I have installed my king.”
“I will announce,” says the king, “what the LORD has declared.
He said to me: ‘You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8Ask, and I will give you all the nations;
the whole earth will be yours.
You will break them with an iron rod;
you will shatter them in pieces like a clay pot.’ ”
10Now listen to this warning, you kings;
learn this lesson, you rulers of the world:
11Serve the LORD with fear;
12tremble and bow down to him;2.12 Probable text tremble… him; some other possible texts with trembling kiss his feet and with trembling kiss the Son and tremble and kiss the mighty one; Hebrew unclear.
or else his anger will be quickly aroused,
and you will suddenly die.
Happy are all who go to him for protection.
31I have so many enemies, LORD,
so many who turn against me!
2They talk about me and say,
“God will not help him.”
3But you, O LORD, are always my shield from danger;
you give me victory
and restore my courage.
4I call to the LORD for help,
and from his sacred hill3.4 sacred hill: See 2.6. he answers me.
5I lie down and sleep,
and all night long the LORD protects me.
6I am not afraid of the thousands of enemies
who surround me on every side.
7Come, LORD! Save me, my God!
You punish all my enemies
and leave them powerless to harm me.
8Victory comes from the LORD —
may he bless his people.
41Answer me when I pray,
O God, my defender!
When I was in trouble, you helped me.
Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.
2How long will you people insult me?
How long will you love what is worthless
and go after what is false?
3Remember that the LORD has chosen the righteous for his own,
and he hears me when I call to him.
Tremble with fear and stop sinning;
think deeply about this,
when you lie in silence on your beds.
5Offer the right sacrifices to the LORD,
and put your trust in him.
6There are many who pray:
“Give us more blessings, O LORD.
Look on us with kindness!”
7But the joy that you have given me
is more than they will ever have
with all their corn and wine.
8When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace;
you alone, O LORD, keep me perfectly safe.