3 Psalms For Meditation To Increase Your Love For God

Love the Lord, all His faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to Him

Psalm 31:23

3 Psalms For Meditation To Increase Your Love For God

If we truly knew the power of loving God and how that power is united to prayerfully meditating on the Psalms, we would never stop praying them. Loving God, giving Him our everything must become and remain top priority in our lives. When we pray the songs of the psalmists, we enter into ancient prayers that turned up some of the biggest, most miraculous blessings ever to be documented in the history of mankind. And they are here for us for a reason — for our (eternal) benefit. So if you are looking to deepen your love for God, to open the door for those special graces that come through praise, worship and obedience, spend some time humbly and prayerfully reading through these 3 Psalms for Meditation to Increase Your Love for God. Just like when reading the Psalms, doing so will never return to you void.

Psalm 18 – Psalm of Love for God

I love You, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I cried to my God for help.
From His temple He heard my voice;
    my cry came before Him, into His ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    and the foundations of the mountains shook;
    they trembled because He was angry.
Smoke rose from His nostrils;
    consuming fire came from His mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the Heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under His feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    He soared on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness His covering, His canopy around Him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Out of the brightness of His presence clouds advanced,
    with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
The Lord thundered from Heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot His arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning He routed them.
The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
    at the blast of breath from Your nostrils.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    He drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
    He rescued me because He delighted in me.

The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
    according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
    I am not guilty of turning from my God.
All His laws are before me;
    I have not turned away from His decrees.
I have been blameless before Him
    and have kept myself from sin.
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
    according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

To the faithful You show Yourself faithful,
    to the blameless You show Yourself blameless,
to the pure You show Yourself pure,
    but to the devious You show Yourself shrewd.
You save the humble
    but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
    my God turns my darkness into light.
With Your help I can advance against a troop;
    with my God I can scale a wall.

As for God, His way is perfect:
    The Lord’s Word is flawless;
    He shields all who take refuge in Him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
    He causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
    my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make Your saving help my shield,
    and Your right hand sustains me;
    Your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet,
    so that my ankles do not give way.

I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
    I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
I crushed them so that they could not rise;
    they fell beneath my feet.
You armed me with strength for battle;
    You humbled my adversaries before me.
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
    and I destroyed my foes.
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
    to the Lord, but He did not answer.
I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
    I trampled them like mud in the streets.
You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
    You have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
    foreigners cower before me;
    as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
They all lose heart;
    they come trembling from their strongholds.

The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    Exalted be God my Savior!
He is the God who avenges me,
    who subdues nations under me,
    who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
    from a violent man You rescued me.
Therefore I will praise You, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing the praises of Your Name.

He gives His king great victories;
    He shows unfailing love to His anointed,
    to David and to His descendants forever.

[Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.]

Psalm 119 – Love of God’s Law

א Aleph

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the Law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep His statutes
    and seek Him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow His ways.
You have laid down precepts
    that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
    in obeying your decrees!
Then I would not be put to shame
    when I consider all Your Commands.
I will praise You with an upright heart
    as I learn Your righteous laws.
I will obey Your decrees;
    do not utterly forsake me.

ב Beth

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to Your Word.
I seek You with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from Your Commands.
I have hidden Your Word in my heart
    that I might not sin against You.
Praise be to You, Lord;
    teach me Your decrees.
With my lips I recount
    all the Laws that come from Your mouth.
I rejoice in following Your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on Your precepts
    and consider Your ways.
I delight in Your decrees;
    I will not neglect Your Word.

ג Gimel

Be good to Your servant while I live,
    that I may obey Your Word.
Open my eyes that I may see
    wonderful things in Your Law.
I am a stranger on earth;
    do not hide Your Commands from me.
My soul is consumed with longing
    for Your Laws at all times.
You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
    those who stray from Your Commands.
Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
    for I keep Your statutes.
Though rulers sit together and slander me,
    Your servant will meditate on Your decrees.
Your statutes are my delight;
    they are my counselors.

ד Daleth

I am laid low in the dust;
    preserve my life according to Your Word.
I gave an account of my ways and You answered me;
    teach me Your decrees.
Cause me to understand the way of Your precepts,
    that I may meditate on Your wonderful deeds.
My soul is weary with sorrow;
    strengthen me according to Your Word.
Keep me from deceitful ways;
    be gracious to me and teach me Your Law.
I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I have set my heart on Your Laws.
I hold fast to Your statutes, Lord;
    do not let me be put to shame.
I run in the path of Your Commands,
    for You have broadened my understanding.

ה He

Teach me, Lord, the way of Your decrees,
    that I may follow it to the end.
Give me understanding, so that I may keep Your Law
    and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of Your Commands,
    for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward Your statutes
    and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
    preserve my life according to your word.
Fulfill Your promise to Your servant,
    so that You may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread,
    for Your Laws are good.
How I long for Your precepts!
    In Your righteousness preserve my life.

ו Waw

May Your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
    Your salvation, according to Your promise;
then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
    for I trust in Your Word.
Never take Your Word of truth from my mouth,
    for I have put my hope in Your Laws.
I will always obey Your Law,
    for ever and ever.
I will walk about in freedom,
    for I have sought out Your precepts.
I will speak of Your statutes before kings
    and will not be put to shame,
for I delight in Your Commands
    because I love them.
I reach out for Your Commands, which I love,
    that I may meditate on Your decrees.

ז Zayin

Remember Your Word to Your servant,
    for You have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:
    Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from Your Law.
I remember, Lord, Your ancient Laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken Your Law.
Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
In the night, Lord, I remember Your Name,
    that I may keep Your Law.
This has been my practice:
    I obey Your precepts.

ח Heth

You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey Your Words.
I have sought Your face with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to Your promise.
I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to Your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay
    to obey Your Commands.
Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
    I will not forget Your Law.
At midnight I rise to give You thanks
    for Your righteous Laws.
I am a friend to all who fear You,
    to all who follow Your precepts.
The earth is filled with Your love, Lord;
    teach me Your decrees.

ט Teth

Do good to Your servant
    according to Your Word, Lord.
Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
    for I trust Your Commands.
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I obey Your Word.
You are good, and what You do is good;
    teach me Your decrees.
Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
    I keep Your precepts with all my heart.
Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
    but I delight in Your Law.
It was good for me to be afflicted
    so that I might learn Your decrees.
The Law from Your mouth is more precious to me
    than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

י Yodh

Your hands made me and formed me;
    give me understanding to learn Your Commands.
May those who fear You rejoice when they see me,
    for I have put my hope in Your Word.
I know, Lord, that Your Laws are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
May Your unfailing love be my comfort,
    according to Your promise to Your servant.
Let Your compassion come to me that I may live,
    for Your Law is my delight.
May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
    but I will meditate on Your precepts.
May those who fear You turn to me,
    those who understand Your statutes.
May I wholeheartedly follow Your decrees,
    that I may not be put to shame.

כ Kaph

My soul faints with longing for Your salvation,
    but I have put my hope in Your Word.
My eyes fail, looking for Your promise;
    I say, “When will You comfort me?”
Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
    I do not forget Your decrees.
How long must your servant wait?
    When will You punish my persecutors?
The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
    contrary to Your Law.
All Your Commands are trustworthy;
    help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
They almost wiped me from the earth,
    but I have not forsaken Your precepts.
In Your unfailing love preserve my life,
    that I may obey the statutes of Your mouth.

ל Lamedh

Your Word, Lord, is eternal;
    it stands firm in the Heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
    You established the earth, and it endures.
Your Laws endure to this day,
    for all things serve You.
If Your Law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget Your precepts,
    for by them You have preserved my life.
Save me, for I am Yours;
    I have sought out Your precepts.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
    but I will ponder Your statutes.
To all perfection I see a limit,
    but Your Commands are boundless.

מ Mem

Oh, how I love Your Law!
    I meditate on it all day long.
Your Commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on Your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
    for I obey Your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
    so that I might obey Your Word.
I have not departed from Your Laws,
    for You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your Words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from Your precepts;
    therefore I hate every wrong path.

נ Nun

Your Word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.
I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
    that I will follow Your righteous Laws.
I have suffered much;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to Your Word.
Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
    and teach me Your Laws.
Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
    I will not forget Your Law.
The wicked have set a snare for me,
    but I have not strayed from Your precepts.
Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart.
My heart is set on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.

ס Samekh

I hate double-minded people,
    but I love Your Law.
You are my refuge and my shield;
    I have put my hope in Your Word.
Away from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the Commands of my God!
Sustain me, my God, according to Your promise, and I will live;
    do not let my hopes be dashed.
Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
    I will always have regard for Your decrees.
You reject all who stray from Your decrees,
    for their delusions come to nothing.
All the wicked of the earth You discard like dross;
    therefore I love Your statutes.
My flesh trembles in fear of You;
    I stand in awe of Your Laws.

ע Ayin

I have done what is righteous and just;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
Ensure Your servant’s well-being;
    do not let the arrogant oppress me.
My eyes fail, looking for Your salvation,
    looking for Your righteous promise.
Deal with Your servant according to Your love
    and teach me Your decrees.
I am Your servant; give me discernment
    that I may understand Your statutes.
It is time for You to act, Lord;
    Your Law is being broken.
Because I love Your Commands
    more than gold, more than pure gold,
and because I consider all Your precepts right,
    I hate every wrong path.

פ Pe

Your statutes are wonderful;
    therefore I obey them.
The unfolding of Your Words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
I open my mouth and pant,
    longing for Your Commands.
Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as You always do to those who love Your Name.
Direct my footsteps according to Your Word;
    let no sin rule over me.
Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey Your precepts.
Make Your face shine on Your servant
    and teach me Your decrees.
Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
    for Your Law is not obeyed.

צ Tsadhe

You are righteous, Lord,
    and Your Laws are right.
The statutes You have laid down are righteous;
    they are fully trustworthy.
My zeal wears me out,
    for my enemies ignore Your Words.
Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
    and Your servant loves them.
Though I am lowly and despised,
    I do not forget Your precepts.
Your righteousness is everlasting
    and Your Law is true.
Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but Your Commands give me delight.
Your statutes are always righteous;
    give me understanding that I may live.

ק Qoph

I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,
    and I will obey Your decrees.
I call out to You; save me
    and I will keep Your statutes.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I have put my hope in Your Word.
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on Your promises.
Hear my voice in accordance with Your love;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to Your Laws.
Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
    but they are far from Your Law.
Yet You are near, Lord,
    and all Your Commands are true.
Long ago I learned from Your statutes
    that You established them to last forever.

ר Resh

Look on my suffering and deliver me,
    for I have not forgotten Your Law.
Defend my cause and redeem me;
    preserve my life according to Your promise.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek out Your decrees.
Your compassion, Lord, is great;
    preserve my life according to Your Laws.
Many are the foes who persecute me,
    but I have not turned from Your statutes.
I look on the faithless with loathing,
    for they do not obey Your Word.
See how I love Your precepts;
    preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with Your love.
All Your words are true;
    all Your righteous Laws are eternal.

ש Sin and Shin

Rulers persecute me without cause,
    but my heart trembles at Your Word.
I rejoice in Your promise
    like one who finds great spoil.
I hate and detest falsehood
    but I love Your Law.
Seven times a day I praise You
    for Your righteous Laws.
Great peace have those who love Your Law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.
I wait for Your salvation, Lord,
    and I follow Your Commands.
I obey Your statutes,
    for I love them greatly.
I obey Your precepts and Your statutes,
    for all my ways are known to You.

ת Taw

May my cry come before You, Lord;
    give me understanding according to Your Word.
May my supplication come before You;
    deliver me according to Your promise.
May my lips overflow with praise,
    for You teach me Your decrees.
May my tongue sing of Your Word,
    for all Your Commands are righteous.
May Your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen Your precepts.
I long for Your salvation, Lord,
    and Your Law gives me delight.
Let me live that I may praise You,
    and may Your Laws sustain me.
I have strayed like a lost sheep.
    Seek Your servant,
    for I have not forgotten Your Commands.

Psalm 31 – Love Yaweh all Faithful

In You, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in Your righteousness.
Turn Your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since You are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of Your Name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for You are my refuge.
Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your love,
    for You saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction,
    and my bones grow weak.
Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.
For I hear many whispering,
    “Terror on every side!”
They conspire against me
    and plot to take my life.

But I trust in You, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
Let Your face shine on Your servant;
    save me in Your unfailing love.
Let me not be put to shame, Lord,
    for I have cried out to You;
but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent in the realm of the dead.
Let their lying lips be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

How abundant are the good things
    that You have stored up for those who fear You,
that You bestow in the sight of all,
    on those who take refuge in You.
In the shelter of Your presence You hide them
    from all human intrigues;
You keep them safe in Your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

Praise be to the Lord,
    for He showed me the wonders of His love
    when I was in a city under siege.
In my alarm I said,
    “I am cut off from Your sight!”
Yet You heard my cry for mercy
    when I called to You for help.

Love the Lord, all His faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to Him,
    but the proud He pays back in full.
Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the Lord.

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